Microsoft has just launched Surface 3, a new Tablet cheaper than Surface Pro 3. It features the same design and premium materials as Surface Pro 3 in a more compact and efficient package. It is thin (just 8.7 mm) and light (1.37 pounds or 622 grams) and has a 10.8-inch screen. Surface 3 also has front- (3.5MP) and rear-facing (8MP) cameras that both capture 1080p video. The rear-facing camera features autofocus. The claimed battery life is up to 10 hours and it comes with a Micro USB charger. Surface 3 comes with a kickstand like other surfaces and has a pen available in four color variants.
You can also use the Surface 3 Docking Station to instantly create a full desktop workstation, connecting easily to an HD monitor, a printer, an external mouse and keyboard, or any of a huge range of peripherals. It is designed to allow you to work the way that best suits your style and circumstances. Surface 3 also includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort and a microSD™ card reader.
Surface 3 supports the same pen experience as Surface Pro 3, including 256 levels of pressure sensitivity for accuracy and detail. In the case of Surface 3, the pen will be sold separately and it will now be available in colors — silver, blue, red and black.
Surface 3 comes with 64-Bit full Windows 8.1 OS.
Surface 3 runs full 64-bit Windows 8.1 and will be available with Windows Pro for business customers. It will be upgradable to Windows 10 for free when it’s available. With full Windows, it will run the desktop applications you depend on for work or school.
Surface 3 Specifications & Features:
10.52″ x 7.36″ x 0.34″
(267mm x 187mm x 8.7mm)
10.8” ClearType Full HD Plus Display
Resolution: 1920 x 1280
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multi-touch
Surface Pen support
Up to 10 hours of video playback1
2GB RAM with 64GB storage
4GB RAM with 128GB storage
Quad Core Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8700 processor (2MB Cache, 1.6GHz with Intel Burst™ technology up to 2.4GHz)
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Full-size USB 3.0
microSD™ card reader
Micro USB charging port
1-year of Office 365 Personal6 with OneDrive cloud storage7
Cameras, video and audio
3.5 megapixel front-facing camera
8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus
Stereo speakers with Dolby® audio
Ambient light sensor
What’s in the box
Micro USB Power Supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents
1-year limited hardware warranty
Surface 3 Demo video:
Price & Pre-order:
Pre-order is available starting today through Microsoft Stores, microsoftstore.com and select retailers, and it will be on sale beginning May 5 with availability in 26 markets by May 7. It is priced $499.