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Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 tablet. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro 3 tablet

May 20, 2014

FORTUNE -- Microsoft (msft) unveiled its new Surface Pro 3 tablet at a press event in New York Tuesday, calling it "the tablet that can replace your laptop."

The new tablet has a 12-inch screen with a 3x2 aspect ratio and a 1260x1440 display. It weighs 800 grams and is 9.11 millimeters thick, making it the thinnest-ever product with an Intel core chip. The device will be on sale tomorrow for $799.

The theme at the event was that the product will enable users to do all the tasks traditionally associated with tablets -- browsing the web, watching movies and using apps -- as well as tasks that tablet users still prefer to do on a laptop, such as word processing and other business tasks.

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"We want products and technologies that enable people to dream and get stuff done," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

The tablet also features a multi-position kickstand, USB 3.0 ports, and speakers that are 45% louder.

Panos Panay, Microsoft's corporate VP who made the presentation, said he is "confident this is the tablet that will replace the laptop."

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