The Surface Pro 3 went on sale today, and as we discovered in our in-depth review of Microsoft"s new tablet, it"s quite an impressive piece of kit. From its stunning high-resolution 12-inch display and versatile kickstand, to the excellent Pen and much-improved Type Cover, there"s certainly a lot to like about the device.
Even so, not everyone is clear on what sets the Pro 3 apart from its rivals. Is it just a bigger tablet, or a wannabe laptop? Is it just good for watching movies and playing games, or is it a true fully-capable PC in a slim, light form factor?
Today, Microsoft released a video in which Panos Panay, the corporate vice president in charge of Surface, explains some of the innovations that make the Pro 3 such a remarkable device.
"The power of the Surface is the power of a PC," he explains. "I think that"s what gets lost sometimes. It is a tablet for sure, and we call it the tablet that can replace your PC. You can ask the question, "Why haven"t others done this? I don"t get it - how do you have a tablet and still have the full power of a PC. Why isn"t this just happening everywhere?" I think that"s a good way to think of the innovation that"s happened in this product."
He also explains the thinking that defines the whole Surface line through its kickstand. "We had to find a way to transition people from, grab a tablet, and when you"re done consuming, put it down, and then grab a laptop when you want to create. The transition wasn"t "put the tablet down, pick up a laptop"; the transition became the kickstand."
Throughout the video, Panay manages to summarize many of the key aspects of the Surface Pro 3 that make it such a compelling device. It"s only three minutes long, so sit back and enjoy: