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Microsoft announces Surface Pro 3 tablet

12-inch screen with thinner chassis

Microsoft has announced a new Surface tablet designed to "take away the conflict" between choosing a laptop or tablet available for purchase starting Tuesday.

TechRadar reports the Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch screen, the largest yet in Microsoft's line of tablet computers, with a 2160x1440 resolution. It's 9.1mm thick and weighs 800 grams.

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"This is the tablet that can replace your laptop," Microsoft's Panos Panay said.

The highest-end model of the Surface Pro 3 uses an Intel Core i7 processor, giving it 10 percent better performance than Surface Pro 2. It will launch with three models - Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 - starting at $799.

The tablet will have greater battery life than previous Surface Pro models and USB 3.0 inputs, and its own line of thinner typing covers. It will also come with a range of docks, up to 4K resolution output, and pens for use on the touch screen.

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