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Hands-on with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (pictures)

Microsoft announced today the Surface Pro 3 ($799), a new high-performance tablet designed to get rid of the "conflict" between owning a tablet and a laptop. Here's a photo tour of our first hands-on impressions.

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Microsoft's latest tablet is available for pre-order May 20, starting at $799. Here's an initial hands-on, in photo form.

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Shown here is the optional Touch Cover ($130).

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The biggest improvement is a larger screen that measures 12 inches, with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

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"Lapability" was one of the buzzwords Microsoft used to describe using the Surface Pro 3.

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Aiding lapability is a redesigned kickstand.

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A front view of the kickstand in action.

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The tallest kickstand position gives the Surface the most laptop-like feel.

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Side view of the tallest position.

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The in-between position is more laid-back.

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A new position, dubbed "canvas mode," lets the Surface really lounge.

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Canvas mode angles the screen back to 150 degrees.

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The cover also has a holder...

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The pen is designed to feel -- both on screen and in the hand -- like a real pen. With 256 points of pressure, writing on the Surface Pro 3 promises to react just as if you're writing on paper.

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From taking notes to doing the New York Times Crossword or writing and editing a screenplay in the app Final Draft, pen input is a major part of the Pro 3. And all you have to do to start writing is click it to unlock.

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Back to the display: it has a 2,160x1,440 resolution that Microsoft calls "Pixel Free."

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To get the body so thin but still allow the power of an Intel Core i7 processor, cooling fans were redesigned for the Pro 3 so that it seems fanless.

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Thanks to a close partnership with Intel, it's 9.1mm (0.36-inch) thick, which is the thinnest Intel Core PC ever made. It weighs 800 grams (1.8 pounds) and has 10 percent better "performance" than the Surface Pro 2.

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Despite the thin body, you'll still find a full-size USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, and a Mini DisplayPort.

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