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  Reply # 1050941 22-May-2014 11:17
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chiefie:
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chiefie:
Any knowledge of which specific i3/i5/i7 it has, and what's the graphics chip - HD4400 or HD4000 or something? Microsoft hides the CPU/GPU details very well.


HD4400. Same CPU as Surface Pro 2. CPU inside Surface Pro 3 however is Corei5-4300U


How about i3 and i7?


sorry for slow reply, I've been a bit busy for some reason ;)

Processor Storage RAM / Memory CPU* GPU

4th Generation Intel Core i3 64 GB 4 GB i3-4020Y / 1.5 GHz Intel HD 4200
4th Generation Intel Core i5 128 GB 4 GB i5-4300U / 2.9 GHz Intel HD 4400
4th Generation Intel Core i5 256 GB 8 GB i5-4300U / 2.9 GHz Intel HD 4400
4th Generation Intel Core i7 256 GB 8 GB i7-4650U / 3.3GHz Intel HD 5000
4th Generation Intel Core i7 512 GB 8 GB i7-4650U / 3.3GHz Intel HD 5000


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  Reply # 1050943 22-May-2014 11:19
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networkn: Weight is 1.1KG right? I imagine the type cover (let's be honest you can't work effectively with a touchscreen keyboard) adds another 200g. 



The weight is listed as  0.79KG


Wow. That makes it pretty damn impressive I have to say.


798gm to be exact!

9.1mm

3 years of engineering to achieve that!

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  Reply # 1050945 22-May-2014 11:20
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ajobbins: Still no cellular option. boo!



 

Your 4 choices really are with LTE:

 

  • HP ElitePad 1000 (64 bit baytrail ATOM quad core)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 10(64 bit baytrail ATOM quad core)
  • Dell Venue Pro 11 (Intel Core i5)
  • Toshiba z10t-a (Intel Core i3, i5, i7)
 

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  Reply # 1050946 22-May-2014 11:21
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mattwnz: I think we may see an ipad pro in the future, with a bigger screen, and a pen for precision. The problem apple have though is that their OS's are fragmented, and IOS is not really suitable to run desktop type apps on it. They current;y don't even let the screen to be split to allow two apps to run at the same time, which windows does, and some limited android devices/apps also do.. IOS is really more of a phone interface than a tablet one.  Although windows 8 is somewhat fragmented between desktop and metro, and they have put in some crude fixes into it to try and help with this. But I think their is still alot of legacy code and software under the hood that needs cleaning out of it, as it is very bloated for what it is, and uses a huge amount of the storage compared to ios.


new Windows 8.1 Update systems with 16GB SSDs have 12GB free (including having the OEM recovery partition)

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ajobbins: Still no cellular option. boo!

That is a pretty major omission, especially considering it is a mobile type of device. But then again, with windows updates, and difficulty controlling what gets downloaded over 3g vs wifi on windows, which is a lot easier on ios and android, it is possibly something that is being worked on.


This comment makes no sense. There are already Surface 2 with built-in LTE. Just not in New Zealand and just not Surface Pro 3.

The "download over 3G vs WiFi" is solved - they already have options on Windows Phone and since Windows 7 there are options for "metered connections". Even on Windows 8 there are "metered connections" options already.




and this is on by default on Windows 8.x

WU won't download over a metered connection (user configurable)

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mattwnz:
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ajobbins: Still no cellular option. boo!

That is a pretty major omission, especially considering it is a mobile type of device. But then again, with windows updates, and difficulty controlling what gets downloaded over 3g vs wifi on windows, which is a lot easier on ios and android, it is possibly something that is being worked on.


This comment makes no sense. There are already Surface 2 with built-in LTE. Just not in New Zealand and just not Surface Pro 3.

The "download over 3G vs WiFi" is solved - they already have options on Windows Phone and since Windows 7 there are options for "metered connections". Even on Windows 8 there are "metered connections" options already.




We are talking about NZ market though, what is available in other markets isn't really applicable if it isn't going to be available here. If there was a surface pro with 3G in NZ, it would be an attractive option to many. I haven't seen the options for controlling 3G vs wifi data usage in windows 7 or 8 or how easy it is to setup and configure.  Perhaps it needs a 3G chip in the computer for those menus or options to be visible, but would expect it to be setup directly from the right swipe menu in metro, and not have to go into the desktops control panel. 


 

This is configurable on WWAN and WIFI connections from the Charms bar

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mattwnz: I think we may see an ipad pro in the future, with a bigger screen, and a pen for precision. The problem apple have though is that their OS's are fragmented, and IOS is not really suitable to run desktop type apps on it. They current;y don't even let the screen to be split to allow two apps to run at the same time, which windows does, and some limited android devices/apps also do.. IOS is really more of a phone interface than a tablet one.  Although windows 8 is somewhat fragmented between desktop and metro, and they have put in some crude fixes into it to try and help with this. But I think their is still alot of legacy code and software under the hood that needs cleaning out of it, as it is very bloated for what it is, and uses a huge amount of the storage compared to ios.


SP3 is nice. But it isn't competing with an iPad its competing with other laptops

iOS8 rumoured to split screen

iOS is defragmented???????  A few screen sizes, no issues for apps to support all. In house, so need for hardware maker, OS maker to work together, and Telcos are not involved. Defragmentation is about many many devices having different hardware parts, and therefore non identical OS to support that.

Windows does need to be rebuilt from the ground up, no legacy stuff, I assume thats what Metro is aimed at?

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  Reply # 1051379 22-May-2014 21:26
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I really want a SP3. I actually think this could be exactly the product they are trying to pitch it as to me. That keyboard has to be packaged in though. I cant believe its not and I'm not paying an extra $200 for it. Until then no deal. You don't buy a $1200 laptop without a keyboard and they are saying this will replace my laptop, so give me a keyboard please.

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  Reply # 1051385 22-May-2014 21:30
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It is going to be really interesting to see what Apple do going forward. Microsoft is doing a good job of converging the tablet and PC space. It has it's growing pains but it is getting there.

Running Windows on an 8" tablet 18 months ago would have been suicide but now it is reality and pretty usable. The future is going to be full x86 in a tablet.

Apple are going to have to break some of their golden rules in the near future methinks.






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  Reply # 1051980 23-May-2014 22:21
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I have Surface 2 Pro and love the device. 
The Wacom pen is the only downside due to its inaccuracy and latency. 
Nathan, Will the surface 3 pen work on surface 2?

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  Reply # 1051996 23-May-2014 22:55
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rockzcm: I have Surface 2 Pro and love the device. 
The Wacom pen is the only downside due to its inaccuracy and latency. 
Nathan, Will the surface 3 pen work on surface 2?


I can answer that for you, 

Short answer? No.  Long answer?  Surface 3 uses N-Trig pen technology, which is different from Wacom.  N-Trig technology is active (eg requires power and connects to tablet via Bluetooth).

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  Reply # 1052004 23-May-2014 23:50
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checkout this blog post which explains the new pen and digitiser in Surface Pro 3.  There are less levels of pressure sensitive, "down" to 256 but overwhelmingly this is a better experience with ;latency and accuracy especially around the bezel edges


http://blog.surface.com/2014/05/get-know-surface-pro-3-pen/

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  Reply # 1054424 27-May-2014 16:15
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Is the surface Pro 3 replacing the current Surfacae Pro 2 entirely or will that line still exist?

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  Reply # 1054432 27-May-2014 16:21
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CutCutCut: Is the surface Pro 3 replacing the current Surfacae Pro 2 entirely or will that line still exist?


Surface Pro 3 will replace Surface Pro 2

we have a few hundred Surface Pro 2 left in NZ, once those are going Microsoft won't be bringing any more in

Keen to hear your feedback on this if you have any concerns?

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If you are a staff or student at an eligible education provider in New  Zealand, you can get 10% discount on any of the Surface tablets and Surface accessories.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msnz/en_NZ/list/categoryID.67721000?icid=StuCat_ShopCategories_Surface




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