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Microsoft Surface event

Microsoft's Surface division has invited journalists to a "small gathering" in New York City on May 20. Best bets are for the unveiling of a Surface Mini tablet, along with a possible Surface Pro 3.

  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:24:20 PM
    "The best way to get a feel is to hold it, the second best way is to kind of show it." Here comes the scale.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:24:27 PM
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  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:24:33 PM
    It's hugely lighter than a MacBook air -- no surprise, the MacBook has a keyboard.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:24:57 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:24:59 PM
    The Air has a larger display, too, but it is lower resolution of course.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:25:17 PM
    Panos says they have "optimized the scaling" perfectly, meaning you get 6% more content than on the 13-inch Air.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:25:32 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:25:35 PM
    1.7 pounds?
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:25:45 PM
    He's now throwing an iPad Air into the mix, too... because the Surface is supposed to do both. Though we still don't have a keyboard up there.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:26:04 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:26:09 PM
    They've partnered "super close" with Intel, saying it was a "technical love affair" to make it happen. There's Core i7 in there, with a fan too.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:26:38 PM
    Ok, so keep in mind we're weighing a brand-new Surface 3 against a MacBook Air design that's basically three-plus years old -- of course, that's totally Apple's fault for not updating the MBA design.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:27:00 PM
    Panos is talking about the fan now. "We talk about fanless all the time. Fanless is an interesting concept... Another way to say fanless is thin. Another way to say fanless is cool to the touch. Another way to say fanless is you don't feel the air."
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:27:04 PM
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  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:27:26 PM
    The Pro 3 still has the same basic vents around the edge, but they "re-invented the fan" to make it more efficient.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:27:34 PM
    "You never feel it, you never hear it, you don't even see it."
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:27:51 PM
    So, it's not fanless, but since you don't feel/hear the fan, it's just like it was fanless. At least that's the claim.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:28:04 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:28:08 PM
    "It's great, it is amazing, but let's talk about the next step... At the end of the day every part had to come together perfectly to make this work. We call it Design to Fit." Then there's Machine to Fit.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:28:19 PM
    Of course, spinning a fan still eats battery power.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:28:30 PM
    Every Surface Pro 3 is "custom machined" -- which is definitely going to make repairs a bit of a complicated thing. Or impossible, as it were.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:28:36 PM
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  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:28:57 PM
    Basically, each body component is machined specifically to fit the other components on that device, not just pulled from a stack. This is similar to what Apple is doing on the iPhone 5 series.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:29:22 PM
    Panos just dropped the Pro 3 on the floor, saying it's as durable as before.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:29:26 PM
    (It was a carpeted floor, mind.)
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:30:20 PM
    He's now going to hand it off to Joanna Stern, a Pro 3 that he says she can keep. On-stage payola here, folks.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:30:56 PM
    (I kid, I'm sure she'll give it back.)
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:31:01 PM
    The docking station we've seen from the earlier Surface devices is back, including video output, etc.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:31:42 PM
    A dock with moving parts (the "wings" clamp in) always seemed clunky to me.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:31:44 PM
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  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:32:07 PM
    He's loaded a 3D architect model, using it as if he were on a desktop.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:32:21 PM
    "It's not just inspiring to see the power of it. It's also inspiring when you go talk to customers."
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:32:27 PM
    Higher-res screens are a definite trend. I've been playing with the first shipping 4K laptop, the Toshiba Satellite P50t, and it's pretty impressive.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:33:18 PM
    We've seen 13-inch screens go as high as 3200x1800.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:33:21 PM
    Next up is Photoshop, and we're getting some information from an Adobe rep.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:33:28 PM
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  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:33:59 PM
    "If you take the power of Photoshop and you put it on a device like this, it's a creative's dream come true."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:34:05 PM
    "With the rapid pace of change you'd think it'd be difficult to keep up, but between Microsoft and Adobe we've got that covered."
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