Microsoft has announced the latest member of its Surface tablet family, the Surface 3 Pro, at a press event in New York. According to Microsoft, the new model is designed to be a replacement for both your iPad and laptop. So it only makes sense the Surface Pro 3 is thinner and more lightweight than its predecessor, the Surface Pro 2, and at the same time comes with more powerful components and a larger, higher resolution screen. Microsoft likes to point out the Pro 3 is also 50% thinner than a MacBook Pro and 30% thinner than a 13.3-inch MacBook Air.  

With 5MP front and rear cameras, the Pro 3 doesn't look like a particularly competent capture device but its specifications make it look like a decent option for image editing on the go. The color-calibrated screen, measuring 12 inches at 2160 x 1440 pixels, offers plenty of resolution. Photographers will also appreciate the touch-optimized version of Photoshop for Windows that Adobe previewed at the Surface press event and will be released some time in the near future. It will allow for touch control of the user interface and image manipulation using the Surface Pro 3's stylus.

The Surface Pro 3 is noticeably thinner than most laptops.
Covers and keyboards are available in a range of colors.

The 4th generation Intel Core processors should provide plenty of power for imaging-related tasks, too. You can choose from Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 options, and pick 4GB or 8GB of RAM. On-board storage capacity ranges from 64GB to 512GB. In terms of interfaces the Surface Pro 3 offers USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort for connecting external displays and a microSD card slot to expand the storage capacity. Battery life is 9 hours. 

Like previous Surface models the Pro 3 comes with a multi-position kickstand and optional keyboards. Within the next few months Microsoft will also announce a docking station, turning the Surface into a proper workstation. 

Adobe previewed a touch-optimized version of Photoshop at the Surface press event.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will be available for pre-order on MicrosoftStore.com tonight at 12:01 am ET, starting at $799.  On May 21st you can also pre-order at Microsoft retail stores and Best Buy in the US. Availability is expected for June 20th in the US and many other countries around the world.