The 2 in 1 Surface Pro 3, which Microsoft calls the tablet to replace your laptop, is expected to arrive in Singapore by end-August. The latest Surface model is now available for pre-order at the Microsoft Online Store here. Pre-orders will also be taken at authorised retailers like Challenger, Newstead and Harvey Norman from 4 July.
Unlike older Surface models, this latest Surface Pro has a 12″ ClearType Full HD display which is optically bonded for enhanced clarity. It has a resolution of 2,160 x 1,440 pixels, and a 3:2 aspect ratio which is better for viewing documents than tablets with 16:9 aspect ratios.
With handwriting supported in software like OneNote, a pressure-sensitive pen is included with the purchase. It features 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, and double-clicking on the pen will instantly capture the screen in an upcoming update.
Prices range from S$1,108 and up. The Surface Pro 3 with Intel Core i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM will cost S$1,108. There is a Core i5 model with 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM for S$1,348, a Core i5 model with 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM, S$1,728, and two Core i7 models, both with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB and 512 GB of storage respectively. These cost S$2,138 and S$2,698 respectively.
The accessories available include an additional pen loop for S$8, a spare Surface Pen for S$73, and the Type Cover for S$183. The most expensive item on the list, for S$288, is the Docking Station.
An education discount is available for students from certified MOE institutions, who receive a 10% discount on Surface devices and accessories through the Microsoft Online Store. DBS and POSB debit and credit card holders are also eligible for a free messenger bag if they purchase the Surface Pro 3 between 4 July and 31 August.
Read about our first looks, hands-on report here.