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Microsoft launches Surface 3, a cheaper, thinner and less powerful version of the Surface Pro 3

ByinAnnouncements, Tablets | April 1, 2015

Surface 3

Microsoft has just announced another tablet joining their list of offerings, the Surface 3. Being thinner and less powerful version of the released almost a year ago the Surface Pro 3, the slate is targeting at budget conscious folks out there. Additionally, though labeled with a definitely more affordable price tag, the new tablet is said to sport the same premium quality design and materials as the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft Surface 3 laptop-tablet hybrid

Microsoft Surface 3 TabletBeing a nicely-looking hybrid of a laptop and tablet, the new Microsoft Surface 3 appears to be a truly compelling offering not only for those of you searching for a budget device, but also a device that may endanger the Apple’s iPad Air 2’a market position.

Measuring only 0.34-inch in profile the Microsoft Surface 3 is a thinner version of the Surface Pro 3. The tablet comes with a 10.8-inch display featuring the screen resolution of 1920x1280p and the web-friendly aspect ratio of 3:2. The same screen parameters may be found in the high-end Surface Pro 3. However, the discussed tablets differ when it comes to the screen size factor. But the Surface 3 isn’t only thinner and smaller, it is also considerably lighter. The decreased by 1.8-inch Surface 3’s display (in comparison to the 12-inch Surface Pro 3) is the reason for the device’s weight loss.

Going deeper into the specs, the Surface 3 arrives powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor, whereas its more powerful, bigger sibling sports i3, i5 and i7 CPU, optionally. Though the processor can’t pretend to be a cutting edge performer, it should work smoothly since the manufacturer haven’t loaded it with bloatware.

On the optics side, its future users will get an 8MP rear camera accompanied by a 3.5MP front facing shooter, both capable to record 1080p videos. Battery life in Surface 3 has been also considerably increased since Microsoft promises that it will keep the slate alive on one charge for 10 hours straight which is an hour longer than in the case of the Surface Pro 3. Furthermore, the slate is equipped with a USB 3.0 charging port, which enables you to use your phone’s charger when you can’t find a 13W charger.

The Surface 3 will operate on Windows 8.1 pre-installed, but the manufacturer claims it will get the Windows 10 upgrade as soon as it will pop up the market. Interestingly enough, there’s also Windows Pro version available for businesses and companies like Prada and BASF have already decided to buy the slates for they employees.

The mentioned software together with a dedicated stylus, called the Pen and the Surface Type Cover change the tablet into a regular laptop providing its users with the full Office experience. In terms of connectivity options the tablet will debut in two versions, one Wi-Fi only and the second will be equipped with support for ultra-fast 4G LTE.

With its price starting at $499 the Surface 3 additionally comes with one year subscription of Office 365 Personal (including full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and One Note), giving you the opportunity to use the slate’s fullest potential right out box. Other than that, every buyer of the slate will be also granted with 1TB of One Drive cloud storage. If this is still not enough storage for you, you can always expand it via microSD cards.

Dressed in silver, blue, red and black color options the Surface 3 is already available for pre-order at Microsoft Stores. As for global premiere, launched on May 5th the slate will hit the shelves of 26 markets by May 7th.

source:  Surface Blog

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