Microsoft unveils the latest member of the Surface family: Surface Pro 3

Since we launched the Surface family in 2012, the vision to provide the ultimate device for a blend of personal and professional use has been at the forefront of our minds. We wanted to build products to enable people to do more.

Overnight in New York we announced the newest member of the Surface family, the Surface Pro 3, along with a range of great accessories that enhance the Surface experience. The vision for Surface Pro has always been about productivity. Creating a device that allows you to work from anywhere at any time, anyway you want.  The Surface Pro 3 is a tablet that can truly replace a laptop, and it is the most powerful, thinnest and lightest Surface Pro yet.

I’ve used Surface Pro 2 as my day-to-day device for some time, and I’ve noticed a significant change to the way I work, both in and out of the office, allowing me to be productive in ways that I chose.  Surface Pro 3 builds on this and redefines what we think about the Surface Pro family and about 2-in-1 devices. It’s both thinner (9.1mm) and lighter (800g), has a larger 12” screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution (which is 38% bigger than Surface Pro 2), and offers a range of fast processors from i3 to i7. In fact, it is just half the thickness of a MacBook Pro, and 30% thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air.  All of this is delivered in a device that offers battery life of up to 9 hours.

Surface Pro 3 is a result of our reflection on learnings as well as feedback from the most important source – our customers and employees, who are using the devices every day. As well as the great new features I mentioned above, the device has a new multi-position kickstand that features a friction-hinge allowing you to pick whatever angle you want from zero to 150 degrees. We have new click-in keyboards that come in four colours, with 63% bigger track-pads and even more stability, and a new Surface Docking Station. Of course, the device also features what we loved on Surface Pro 2, including the full-size USB 3.0 port for peripherals, a Mini DisplayPort for projecting to an external display, and a microSD card reader for expandable storage.

Surface Pro 3 is a full-powered PC, so it can run all Windows apps including Office and desktop apps. It has great multi-tasking and can be shared with multiple user accounts. Writing and putting pen to screen is now a fluid and natural experience, with the elegant yet simple Surface Pen – a click of the Pen opens OneNote, even if your screen is locked, so you can capture your thoughts instantly,  as easy as jotting them down on paper.

Estimated retail price (incl. GST) for the Surface Pro 3 and the various configurations are:

  • Surface Pro 3 Intel® Core™ i3, 64GB and 4GB RAM –   AU$979.00
  • Surface Pro 3 Intel® Core™ i5, 128GB and 4GB RAM – AU$1209.00
  • Surface Pro 3 Intel® Core™ i5, 256GB and 8GB RAM – AU$1549.00
  • Surface Pro 3 Intel® Core™ i7, 256GB and 8GB RAM – AU$1829.00
  • Surface Pro 3 Intel® Core™ i7, 512GB and 8GB RAM – AU$2279.00

The device is now available for pre-order through and will be available by the end of August in Australia.

More powerful, larger, thinner and lighter – delivering the performance of a fully powered laptop into beautifully designed device.  We will be in touch with more updates on Surface Pro 3 in the coming weeks.

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