Microsoft just won’t give up. Our favorite Windows and Office maker is back into the mobile device arena with a new entry. I’m just not sure what it is. CoM’s Buster Hein:
Instead of taking on the iPad Air’s 9.7-inch display, Microsoft is thinking even bigger with a 12-inch Surface Pro 3 that could make it the perfect competitor for Apple’s long-rumored 13-inch iPad Pro.
Microsoft wants to compete against a device that does not exist? I don’t think so. Instead, Microsoft aimed the Surface Pro 3 at Apple’s MacBook Air.
Starting at $799, Surface Pro 3 launches Wednesday and while its 800 grams of weight is nearly double the iPad Air, Microsoft boasted that it’s 279 grams lighter than the 11-inch MacBook Air – the device Microsoft considers Surface’s No. 1 enemy, even though it’s still a pain in the ass to use in your lap.
Alright, it’s much bigger, heavier, and thicker than an iPad Air, but lighter than a MacBook Air (until you add the optional keyboard).
At 9.1mm thick the Surface Pro 3 is nearly 2mm beefier than the iPad Air, even though its the thinnest tablet Microsoft has ever made. It sports a 12-inch HD display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, carries between 64GB and 512GB of storage, and comes with three CPU variants, including Intel’s latest Core i7 processor.
So, Surface Pro 3 is a thin and powerful Windows notebook with a detachable keyboard so you can turn it into a big assed iPad Giant. As a notebook it’s actually more expensive than a MacBook Air with comparable CPU, storage, and keyboard added.
I don’t get it.