Microsoft's next tablet is superior to the Surface Pro 3 in every single way

Even though the Surface Pro 3 represents a tiny sliver of the PCs in the world, it has a strong, loyal fan base.

The Surface Pro 4, introduced on Tuesday, blows away its predecessor in pretty much every single way.

The Surface Pro 4 is faster, thinner, lighter, and more functional than the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft even gave special attention to the accessories, redesigning the Surface Pro 4’s keyboard and pen.

Like other Surfaces, it’s a good device for someone who likes Windows computers and wants a something that doubles as a tablet.

Check it out.

Surface Pro 4 features a fingerprint sensor for the first time, so if you want to log in -- or even change users -- just place your finger on the pad.

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Windows Hello is an easy, friendly way to see who's signed into your Surface Pro 4.

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As for the tablet itself, the Surface Pro 4 is just 8.4 mm thick and weighs around 1.7 pounds. That's almost one millimetre thinner and a few grams lighter than its predecessor.

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Microsoft has also improved the display: The Surface Pro 4 features a 12.3 PixelTouch display, which is bigger and richer than the 12-inch display of its predecessor (267 vs 216 pixels per inch, respectively).

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The Surface Pro 4 is built on a sixth-generation Core processor from Intel, which also makes the graphics cards for the tablet.

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The Surface Pro 4 should be less prone to overheating thanks to a hybrid cooling system behind the display.

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Microsoft also boasts a powerful audio system behind the front-facing speakers.

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For taking photos and videos on the go, the Surface Pro 4 comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, a big improvement over the 5-megapixel cameras of its predecessor.

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And thanks to Windows 10, the Surface Pro 4 is great for productivity...

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...writing, drawing, editing, highlighting...

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...and plenty of passive viewing, thanks to that multi-position kickstand built into the back of the tablet.

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As for accessories, the Surface Pro 4 probably wouldn't feel complete without the new Type Cover, which has been redesigned to be thinner and more functional.

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The glass trackpad in the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover is 40% larger than its predecessor.

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The keys have also been redesigned so they're spaced farther apart.

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Like the keyboard in Apple's new MacBook, the keys on the new Type Cover for Surface Pro 4 have a new butterfly mechanism for quicker typing.

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Surface Pro 4 also comes with a new Surface Pen so you can write or draw directly on the screen, highlight eBooks, or convert your handwriting into text.

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Surface Pen comes in five different colours.

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And for the first time, you can switch out the pen tips of the Surface Pen, in case you want a medium tip that draws like a #2 pencil, or a low-friction tip that draws like a fine pen.

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Surface Pen is battery-powered, but Microsoft says its battery can last a full year. And you won't forget it since it magnetically clips to the side of the Surface Pro 4.

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Surface Pen is extremely accurate to emulate the feeling of drawing on real paper.

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And since it has great palm detection, you can rest your hand on the screen as you write or draw without worrying about unwanted marks showing up.

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There's a new eraser on the Surface Pen, which lets you quickly erase anything you wrote or draw, but it also has a few neat tricks: Click it once to open a blank page in Microsoft OneNote for quick note-taking, double click it to capture what's on your screen, or click and hold it to summon Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant.

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All in all, Surface Pro 4 looks like it will make Surface fans happy.

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