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Microsoft’s MacBook Air-replacement Surface Pro 3 tablet landing in UK this August – prices start at $799

Microsoft has finally taken the wrapping of its new Surface Pro 3 tablet that it is dubbing the “tablet that can replace your laptop”.

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A packed press event in New York was introduced to the new 12in tablet that boasts a full HD display, various fourth-generation Intel Core processor options and up to 8GB of RAM depending on the model chosen.

“Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop — packing all the performance of a fully powered laptop into a thin, light and beautifully designed device. You’ll love being able to carry a single device for your next class, workday or weekend getaway knowing you have all the power you need,” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface.

Each model has a 12in ClearType Full HD display with a 2,160 x 1,440 resolution with a Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 and either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, with both factors affecting the eventual price paid, as well as the choice of internal storage that can either be 64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB.

Camera-wise it has a 5-megapixel full HD lens on both the front and back with the device’s new stereo speakers boasting Dolby enhanced sound. The tablet’s battery lasts for nine hours when browsing the web and it has a wealth of ports including full size USB 3.0, microSD card reader, headphone jack, mini DisplayPort, and a charging port – with a pen to input data coming as standard.

There are also a plethora of different accessories that can be bought including the Surface Pro Type Cover that comes in purple, red, blue, cyan and black, with a retail price of $129.99 [£77]. The Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 turns your tablet into a fully-fledged computer with a number of additional slots, though it comes at the hefty price of $199.99 [£119].

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Surface Pro 3 pre-orders are already underway in both the US and Canada with tablets starting at $799 [£475] for the base model and ranging all the way to $1,949 [£1,157] for the top of the range model and they will ship to customers in North America from 20 June. The 26 other markets, which includes the UK, will then get the new slate by the end of August.