MICROSOFT HAS FINALLY released its Surface Pro 3 tablet in the UK, with a starting price of £639.
The Surface Pro 3 comes in a variety of sub-models powered by various Intel processors from Core i3 through Core i5 to Core i7. It sports a full HD 12in screen, with Microsoft excited to point out that at 9.1mm deep, the Pro 3 is thinner than the 17mm deep Macbook Air and weighs just 800g.
The tablet comes bundled with Windows 8.1 Pro and a stylus pen. An optional keyboard dock and Ethernet adapter as well as Microsoft Office 2014 are also available.
Dolby Enhanced speakers and a built-in kickstand are also onboard, and powered by a 42Wh rechargeable battery, the unit is touted as lasting for up to nine hours on one charge. However, in our Surface Pro 3 review, we found it lasted for a little less than promised at around eight hours of uninterrupted use on full brightness while connected to WiFi.
"So many people carry both a laptop and a tablet but really want just one device that does everything," said Microsoft UK Windows consumer lead, Robert Epstein.
"We are clear on our vision: Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop - packing all the performance and utility of a fully powered laptop into a thin, light and beautifully designed tablet. You'll love being able to carry one device for your next class, workday or weekend getaway knowing you have all the power you need."
Yesterday, we reported on a defect with the high-end Core i7 equipped versions of the Surface Pro 3 tablet that customers reported were overheating, backed up by a thermometer symbol on the boot screen. Microsoft has denied this however, promising to issue a fix to reduce the sensitivity of the heat sensor.
UK pricing for the Surface Pro 3 is available now on the Microsoft Store starting at £639, climbing to £1,339 for a Core i7 model with 8GB of RAM. Is it worth it? We've already done a comprehensive review so you can decide for yourself. µ