Surface Pro 3 now available in 25 additional markets

Its been a couple months since the release of the Surface Pro 3 in the United States. But, for those outside of the U.S., its been a long few months waiting for the official release. Today, Microsoft has announced that their premier flagship tablet will finally be available in 25 additional markets.

Although Microsoft announced plans for the expanded global release at the top of the month, it still left eager consumers waiting a couple weeks to get their hands on a unit. The Surface Pro 3 has garnered rave reviews due to its thin tablet-esque form-factor and capability to function as a full-blown PC. If you haven't had a chance to get yourself acquainted with the device, you should take a look at our review from a couple months ago.

In addition to the launch of the Surface Pro 3 in 25 new markets, the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station will also be available for pre-order. The dock will be available, in the 25 added markets, on September 12th. 

If the mid-range Intel i5 model is not for you, there are also options that can range from an Intel i3 to a beastly i7. You can also unleash the full potential of the tablet as a productivity PC by purchasing the optional Type Cover, that doubles as a screen cover.

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'Available' is a pretty strong word. You cannot walk into a shop in the UK and actually buy one today. Nor will you receive it today if you pre-ordered it from Microsoft or any of the other vendors who allowed pre orders.

They have to be one of the only people to allow pre orders and NOT get it to customers on release day. Talk about botching a release.

You're lucky then. I contacted MS about pre ordering and was told they would only begin shipping today and would then take another 5-7 business days to arrive. I ended up ordering with PC world as if I paid extra shipping charges it would arrive tomorrow.

You'd think they would want to make a better impression with this launch. They could learn a thing or two from Apple. When they allow pre orders on devices you are guaranteed to have it on your doorstep on launch day.

They tried to deliver mine at 0700 this morning so does that count?

Unfortunately the office was shut. Please come back Mr UPS Man.

Brony said,
I don't know what's holding to sell it globally?.

They don't want to rush and make too many like they did with the Surface RT, and also MS still hasn't worked out it's supply issues fully, they're better then they were originally though, they're moving fast with the SP3 than they did with the originals and 2s.

SF3 vs Macbook Air, NZ$1,873.98 vs NZ$1,399.00 and the only thing extra on SF3 is touch (and little bit lighter). (SF3/KB/Office/Pen VS MacBookAir), sorry but no SF3, or am i missing something?? The SF3 looks great and would maybe use it.

Touch is a pretty big thing, in addition to the active digitiser/stylus.

Sure, if you don't want a tablet, go for the Air, but the SF3 has the flexibility of an ultrabook and a tablet.

If you want to just consume some media, watch a movie/YouTube etc, then the tablet format is more comfortable if you're not in front of a desk (imho).

BoondockSaint said,
Touch is a pretty big thing, in addition to the active digitiser/stylus.

Sure, if you don't want a tablet, go for the Air, but the SF3 has the flexibility of an ultrabook and a tablet.

If you want to just consume some media, watch a movie/YouTube etc, then the tablet format is more comfortable if you're not in front of a desk (imho).

I guess you are getting an iPad and Macbook Air in one with the SF3.

The_Observer said,

I guess you are getting an iPad and Macbook Air in one with the SF3.

In theory... yes. But there are some tradeoffs.

The SP3 is 12" which nice for a laptop.... but 12" is rather large for a tablet.

My ultimate combo would be a 13" Macbook Air... and an 8" iPad Mini.

Yeah it's two devices... and they'd be kinda expensive in total... but both devices are suited for what they're supposed to do.

Curling up on the couch reading a book on the Surface Pro 3 would be like holding a small lunch tray in your hand :)

http://blogs.cornell.edu/sitnews/files/2014/07/microsoft-surface-pro-3-product-photos-studio05-1qrrwxl.jpg

Michael Scrip said,

The SP3 is 12" which nice for a laptop.... but 12" is rather large for a tablet.

I had a 10" Galaxy Note Tab before, and found it just a bit too small for media consumption. That's why I really want the SP3, 12" will be great for reading comics and watching movies on the go. As long as the weight is kept down, I don't think that it is too big as a tablet.

BoondockSaint said,

I had a 10" Galaxy Note Tab before, and found it just a bit too small for media consumption. That's why I really want the SP3, 12" will be great for reading comics and watching movies on the go. As long as the weight is kept down, I don't think that it is too big as a tablet.

Sure... but 8" and smaller tablets seem to be the most popular.

Is that just because of price?

Besides... there haven't been too many 12" tablets for sale... just the SP3 and the 12" Galaxy Tab Pro.

But hey... it's good to have choice!

SF3 vs Macbook Air, NZ$1,873.98 vs NZ$1,399.00 and the only thing extra on SF3 is touch (and little bit lighter). (SF3/KB/Office/Pen VS MacBookAir), sorry but no SF3.

duk3togo said,
Are you kidding me?? It's Windows that's all I need to say. It's has everything a mac can do and a lot more a mac can't do.

LOL a mac can do everything a windows computer can do. Just cause its windows 8 isnt the greatest selling point!

The_Observer said,

LOL a mac can do everything a windows computer can do. Just cause its windows 8 isnt the greatest selling point!

Attach to iSCSI drives...? Maintain file-server mounts should the FS reboot/disconnect..? Support a remote desktop protocol other than VNC?

I wonder how well it'll do this time around. If they are continuing to write off almost a billion dollar on Surfaces inventory like last time, they are going to have a hard look at revaluing its hardware department.

cybersaurusrex said,
If they made a Yoga-style Surface Pro (with a real, detachable keyboard), I'd be very interested in it. Still considering the Pro 3 though...

Isn't the Yoga style patented by Lenovo? If so, MS wouldn't be able to use that style.

I am of the opinion that the kickstand works. However, I think if MS had put the hinges at the bottom of the device instead of at the middle so that the stand opens out from the middle, the stand would lie flat against the table, desk or even a person's lap. In the case of the lap, I think it would provide more stability since the stand has more surface (no pun intended) area against the person's lap which would provide more stability. But they would have to make the hinges lock or hold in some way against the pressure of using the touch screen so that it doesn't get pushed down. Your thoughts?

Not sure how patented it is, there are a few devices that have a KB similar.

Really though the easier solution would be to make a keyboard that has hinges on the sides that can support the monitor or rotate all the way around (or maybe some sort of lock)

Accessories designed specifically for the surface are a bit lacking IMO, this would be a pretty easy solution though for those that want even more of a laptop.