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More info leaks about Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Microsoft Surface mini tablets

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More info leaks about Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Microsoft Surface mini tablets
On Sunday, we told you about the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, which Microsoft is rumored to be unveiling on Tuesday alongside the Microsoft Surface mini. We gave you a sliding scale about the tablet, which will start at $799 for a model powered by the Intel i3 CPU, containing 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. At the other end of the scale is the $1949 price tag for a Surface Pro 3 with an i7 chip, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of native storage.

What we've learned about the Surface Pro 3 is that it will have a larger screen, possibly as large as 12 inches, up from 10.6 inches on the Microsoft Surface Pro 2. It is also supposed to be thinner than the previous  Surface Pro 2 model.

We also want to take this time to tell you what we currently expect to see from the Microsoft Surface mini. We expect a 7.5 inch screen with a 1080 x 1440 resolution, and a 4:3 aspect ratio (as opposed to the 16:9 aspect ratio seen on the Microsoft Surface RT and Microsoft Surface Pro). It will feature Active Pen support, which is expected considering that earlier rumors have pointed out that the Surface mini is a tablet made for messaging. The accessory cover will double as a kickstand since there won't be one on the device. And the slate will be available in silver.

The event is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!

source: WinSuperSite via MicrosoftNews, WMPoweruser

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posted on 18 May 2014, 23:51 4

1. JocularJ (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


I really hope the highest configuration of the surface 3 doesnt come with a measly 512MB of native storage, maybe PA meant 512GB? Please edit

posted on 19 May 2014, 01:44 4

13. Alan01 (Posts: 185; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Thanks for the heads up....whenever I see 512 my mind quickly goes to 512MB of RAM from the old days, or a low-end phone.

Regards,
Alan F.

posted on 18 May 2014, 23:53 2

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


"At the other end of the scale is the $1949 price tag for a Surface Pro 3 with an i7 chip, 8GB of RAM and 512MB of native storage."
That storage is bit insufficient... ;)

posted on 19 May 2014, 00:01 5

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


512mb for full windows 8.
Mission Impossible.

posted on 19 May 2014, 00:17 4

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Looks like you've got a special friend. How nice.

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:23 1

24. jojon (Posts: 76; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


you need to get a life, it seems that hanging out on phone sites is the only place you can find someone to talk to you

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:31

26. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


:(
Thanks for the concern Bud.

posted on 19 May 2014, 00:22 1

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2980; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


The screen solution is pretty weak compared to Samsung's current offerings. For instance, the Surface mini 7.5 with 1080 x 1440 is a lot fewer pixels than the TabPro 8.4 at 1600 x 2560.

posted on 19 May 2014, 00:41 2

7. akki20892 (Posts: 3438; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I'm planning to get windows 8 convertible or tablet.....I guess my eyes on surface or Sony VAIO duo.

posted on 19 May 2014, 01:01 1

10. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Don't get Sony Vaio dude. They're discontinuing the Vaio brand. It'll be advisable to get a different company.

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:01

27. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


They will still have their services for those.

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:02 1

28. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Get Sony or Lenovo. Sonys are so freaking beautiful, but too bad they discontinue them. Lenovos are not that good looking but at least they are VERY high quality.

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:20 1

29. elitewolverine (Posts: 1569; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I dont know i really like the way the levono lynx looks, sure it is only an intel atom but it works beautifully

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:29 1

30. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


The Yoga series is amazing.

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:08 1

33. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


NO! For god's sake dont fall for lenovo, extremely crappy. Get the HP convertible.

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:17

34. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Lenovo crappy? LOLOL Their laptops are basically indestructible, cool (like you know cool like cool temperature), quiet, powerful, great screens, amazing keyboards, slim, light, reasonably priced. (have personal experience)

As for HP, my current laptop is an HP. It's ugly, made out of extremely cheap plastic, it heats up my whole room when I use it, the HP's software stuff was horrible I had to reinstall Windows, the screen is TERRIBLE (720p, very bad colours, contrast and viewing angles.) And it wasn't even cheap it cost 1020 CAD

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:57

35. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Lenovo-might-soon-trail-only-Samsung-among-Android-manufacturers_id53855/comments?ratelimit=all&sort=threaded read my first comment

posted on 19 May 2014, 11:01

37. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Seems weird. Which model was it?

posted on 19 May 2014, 11:27

38. elitewolverine (Posts: 1569; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Lol, HP? You mean of the 5 HP's that i have owned, i have constant issues? Like my last one the keyboard just stopped working on my laptop? Luckily for me it is out of the one year warranty....

I didnt fall for Lenovo, I usually go for Toshiba, but when i could pick up a 11.6in Lenovo Lynx for 250 with a one year warranty and a one year new egg warranty. Sorry HP did not have a competing offer.

The only issue i had was the camera driver with windows 8, and that was fixed easily. So far the battery life is great, it is light weight, the screen is great, no problems what so ever. 6 months usage as of now.

posted on 19 May 2014, 18:02

42. dorian827 (Posts: 126; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Lenovo is pretty decent but all of my products have been HP and they provide optimal performance but at an affordable and reasonable price. Unlike the Surface

I have the following:

HP Pavilion 11t x2
HP Custom Desktop
HP Pavilion x360

posted on 19 May 2014, 01:09 2

11. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2003; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I have my eyes on the Surface Mini. If it comes with RT, I'll head to iLand with the iPad mini with retina display. :)

posted on 19 May 2014, 01:31

12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Y U NO LIKE NEXUS 7? :-(

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:37 1

18. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2003; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I already own a Nexus 7 (2012). And you might know, I haven't had a good experience with it. Also, Android lacks quality third party tablet optimized apps, unlike the iPad. So a natural choice after the Surface Mini would be iPad. :)

posted on 19 May 2014, 05:05

23. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Apps look fine on my nexus 7(2013), the "tablet optimised apps" problem no longer exists on android, atleast not on small tablets, it is just overrated just like "wp has no apps and games". All you gonna do is youtube then its comletely no problem.

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:29

25. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2003; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The Nexus 7 won't be much bigger than my L1520. If Google release a Nexus 8, then I might consider it. Otherwise I have the Surface Mini, iPad mini or the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 in my sights.

posted on 19 May 2014, 01:48

14. mrdoubleb (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Why? I never understood that logic. The press never fails to mention that RT tablets can't run x86 apps as the main reason they suck. I suppose that's your reason too (why else would you have said "if it comes with RT").

Will your iPad run x86 apps? Would an Android tablet? Do either of those have a fully featured desktop browser?

If you bought an x86 Surface Pro, would that run iOS or Android apps?

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:18

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Difference my friend. iPad and Droid tablets have great apps ecosystem and they work nicely. Surface RT have no comparable ecosystem.

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:53

32. Liveitup (Posts: 1206; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Surface has many apps within its eco system, not everyone needs 1 million apps to have a great tablet experience. Surface has its own advantages over Apple and Android tablets such as a built in Tilt. Shift dual-position Kickstand which you can your desk or in your lap, find the perfect viewing angle which many workers/students appreciate, Office 2013 is included with Surface 2. Get free touch-optimized versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and take Surface from plaything to workhorse in an instant another advantage of Surface. You also get Powerful ports, including USB 3.0

Ill take Surface over the others any day.

posted on 19 May 2014, 10:05

36. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You know we are talking about tablets not laptops. Also RT is a flop, it fits in neither tablet category nor laptop.

posted on 23 May 2014, 03:26

44. mrdoubleb (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


yeah.. no. Just because it doesn't have the 1006th farting app you like on your ipad it doesn't mean "it is not a tablet".

posted on 23 May 2014, 03:24

43. mrdoubleb (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Ok, so what you are saying is that when the iPad came out intially or when the first droids were introduced every, ie back when they had only a couple thousand apps, ever single review said they are a useless piece of junk as they don't run x86 programs, right?

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:40

19. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2003; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I don't hate RT dude. But it doesn't have the apps, unlike WP. Also, if I can get a portable computer in my hands in a tablet with full Windows, why settle for RT? My main purpose in a tablet is to consume media from YouTube and watch all my downloaded movies and gaming. A Surface Mini Pro would handle all this, but not an RT.

posted on 23 May 2014, 03:30

45. mrdoubleb (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


I'm sorry, you are saying your main purpose for a tablet is to watch videos youtube and games. Why can't you watch youtube on RT? Why can't you watch videos on it? And as for games: you can't find anything you like among 150,000 apps? Really?

posted on 19 May 2014, 01:55 1

15. sip1995 (Posts: 810; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Surface mini will be great for me too, if it comes with good price.

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:41

20. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2003; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I hope MS out the Mini with full Windows. It'll be really productive for me as I wont have to carry a big laptop with me to college daily.

posted on 19 May 2014, 04:44

21. tigermcm (Posts: 715; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


$249.99 lol watch and remember this

posted on 19 May 2014, 01:57

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 2905; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


With such a product range, Microsoft is completing directly with their OEM Acer, Lenovo, HP and Dell. Guess the writing is on the wall when they launch their first surface pro

Anyway, I will pick a surface pro to replace my older 3 year old notebook.

posted on 19 May 2014, 04:53

22. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1082; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


If the Intel i3 CPU version of the Surface pro works smoothly then it will increase the sales
of MS Surface pro tablets because you can buy it well under a thousand USA dollars with their best type cover. The Surface Mini will appeal to people who are not concerned that
ARMS CPU Tablets do not run any standard desktop PC x86 programs. apple iPads and Android tablets use ARMS CPU"s and also do not run Standard Desktop PC x86 Programs;

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:44 1

31. medicci37 (Posts: 627; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Why so expensive. When you consider the parts inside that's a hell of a mark up.

posted on 19 May 2014, 11:31

39. elitewolverine (Posts: 1569; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Yes vapor magnesium in a body that doesnt over heat...and most likely a markup since they probably want to keep OEM's happy. Nothing worse than undercutting your OEM's that make up 99.9% of your business.

posted on 19 May 2014, 17:47

40. ahaaron7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 May 2014)


Google play edition surface pro, there's your headline.

posted on 19 May 2014, 17:59 1

41. dorian827 (Posts: 126; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


I love Microsoft Windows and the Surface series. But they'll fail again in sales with those prices for outdated features and specs. I much more prefer HP series of Hybrids and Laptops.

Affordability for the Surface obviously is not their game.

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