The original Surface angle is still there. "It's been a really good angle for us."
There's a new angle called "canvas mode" -- it goes down to 150 degrees. This is "intentful" he says, as in it gives full resistance on the way down.
Goes up to 150-degrees, and can stop anywhere in-between -- pretty sweet.
This is intended for creative expression, drawing, even if your palm is sitting on the display.
They call the lowest angle "canvas mode"
"Lapability" is the term for this, which Panos admits is a bit cheesy.
"We know that to really build a tablet that can replace the laptop... it has to work in your lap. Lapability."
Lapability is actually a pretty important concept -- too many non-laptop PC devices don't work well in the lap.
There's a new Type Cover that is even thinner than before.
He put a "ton of energy" around the trackpad, he admits that the company got no praise for the trackpad. It's 68 percent larger with far less friction.
Previous type covers had great typing, but the touchpad was so-so. This new touchpad is biggerm more sensitive, and purportedly works better with two-finger gestures.
"The power of Office, the power of Windows, all of that comes from the mouse... This is critical."
So many apps and websites aren't designed with on-screen-touch in mind, so a good touch interface is important.
We saw this in the intro video, the keyboard cover has its own "hinge" near the top edge,
Panos is now sitting down to show off the lapability now. The type cover now clips up slightly to give a better angle.
This eliminates "looseness" Panos says, making a more rigid typing surface.
allowing you to "kick" the top of the keyboard up a tiny bit, where it hold
s via magnet.
And this explains why the start button has moved, because it would be obscured by the top of the Type Cover.
Adds stability, forms a better typing angle, and puts the keys slightly closer to the screen.
And, since you can pivot the kickstand at any angle, you can now use the Surface at any angle -- like a laptop, Panos is quick to point out.
Okay, Panos has clipped on a Type Cover to the Surface on the scale. It's still lighter than the MacBook Air.
Panos is now comparing this to a legal notepad, which is also similar to 3:2 aspect ratio. "That's not an accident. That's a design point... It's what makes it familiar."
Here comes the big education pitch. Surface 3 screen looks/feels like a notepad/notebook page.
"One of the things about tablets... is that they have to be personal."
"It's not a stylus." Instead, "it's a pen."
He's talking about the pen now. "It's not meant to be thin, it's not meant to be cheap... it's meant to be weighty."
"Writing on a PC is clunky, it's true." Panos says that "great experiences" will make writing feel "organic and natural."
Killer app time! NYTimes crossword app plus Surface pen.
We're seeing the NY Times Crossword app, now.