Pricing and some specs for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 leak; tablet to be unveiled with Surface mini
The Surface Pro 3 is said to feature a smaller bezel, a larger screen size (perhaps going from the current 10.6 inches to 12 inches) and the Windows button will be moved to the vertical side. Five versions of the Surface Pro 3 are said to exist, so here we go. The low-end model sports an Intel i3 chip, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage ($799). Next is the slate powered by the i5 with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage ($999). Another model powered by the i5 doubles the RAM to 8GB and the native storage to 256GB ($1299). A variant with the i7, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of native storage is $1549. And the top of the line Surface Pro 3 is equipped with an i7, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of native storage ($1949).
A larger screen means new Type Covers are needed. They will be available in Black, Purple, Cyan and Red. The latter is expected to be an exclusive color for the Microsoft Store.
Stay with us all day Tuesday as Microsoft goes big (Microsoft Surface Pro 3) and small (Microsoft Surface mini).
1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1700; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
This is too much man, by quantity and price.
6. vincelongman (Posts: 2934; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I think its ok pricing, not great, but not that bad either
The $999 one the same specs as a $999 ultrabook or MacBook Air
8. jibraihimi (Posts: 718; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
But apple products are always overpriced.... that means Microsoft is also overpricing their products...
10. vincelongman (Posts: 2934; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
To be fair the MacBook Air is actually Apple's best priced device (I compared to their competition) other than the Mac Pro
Also all ultrabooks with those specs are at least $999, including samsung's, sony vaio's, lenovo's, asus', dell's, hp's, acer's.
So they are all overpriced
Even laptops are overpriced compared to desktops
But the advantage of ultrabook/laptops is that they're portable
15. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
I'm not an ifan, but I'll take the Air over surface. MS is pricing the surface way too high.
18. vincelongman (Posts: 2934; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
The $999 models both have the same specs, maybe another ~$100 for the keyboard dock or $30 for Bluetooth keyboard
Only differences is the Air has more battery life, faster m2 SSD
The Pro has a better screen, and is a hybrid as well, which saves you ~$600 (iPad or other tablet)
However personally I'd like a 13" Surface Pro with Intel baytrail (allows it to be cheaper, thinner and efficient), 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC memory (like used in iPads, cheaper than SSDs) and SD Card slot
A good price for that would $500, to compete with ASUS' quite popular T100
I don't need any more power than a baytrail as I'd just use it for internet browsing, MS Office and very light gaming when I'm not at home
At home I use my desktop most the time
22. jojon (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)
True, but Micro is protecting all the OEM's on their system. They will always be more expensive than other tablets.
26. sgodsell (Posts: 2504; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
The thing is for the majority of the population a simple iPad or Android tablet will fulfill all of their needs. Also those surface prices are ridiculous.
2. ajonly (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 May 2013)
They should launch one with Baytrail processor too. $500
3. NotAGeek (Posts: 272; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I Agree,MS shouldn't force customers to buy the high end surface pro series if they want full-blown windows.They need something like asus transformer t100
13. joey_sfb (Posts: 4458; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Mumbo jumbo! A low self-esteem geek you are!
4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The 12" model might be interesting if Microsoft were to use a display like Samsung's 2560x1600 panel.
Mostly, though, the Surface line just needs a 50% price cut so that the initial user base can be built up more quickly.
7. vincelongman (Posts: 2934; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
You got to remember that it reason the Surface Pro is expensive is because its using the same parts as ultrabooks and MacBooks
Since Intel's haswell CPUs and SSDs are very expensive, there's no way MS could give us a 50% price cut without making a loss on each sale
I think MS should drop RT and make a $500 full Windows tablet with a Intel Baytrail and eMMC memory (cheaper memory used in phones and RT/Android/iOS tablets)
Like the ASUS T100, or some of Dell/HP's tablets
9. nlbates66 (Posts: 323; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
don't forget that the x86 based high performance CPU's used in PC's, ultrabooks and Macbooks (not the atoms/baytrails) are probably 100x more powerful than any contemporary ARM chip of ANY Android or iOS tablet.
19. vincelongman (Posts: 2934; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Yep that's the reason OEMs are still using x86 CPUs for laptops/desktops/consoles
29. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Your statement might have been true 5-10 years ago, but ARM has made tremendous performance strides and is getting closer to Intel.
The power usage of the 4 core K1 makes it suitable for a tablet.
11. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
You can get much better laptops for all those prices points lol
25. brrunopt (Posts: 718; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
please dont compare 4-5 pound notebooks with ultrabooks/convertibles/tablets
12. peace247 (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)
when will PA post the best smartphone photography article....
17. TheNeighbor (Posts: 159; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Oh Joy! I was going to get the Surface 2, but the i3 64GB for its price point for my documents editing will just do for me! I already have a beasty Alienware laptop, but I'll get this for my reading and thesis writing.
21. arenanew (Posts: 245; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)
microsoft and bill gate is only one who make and give job to every people from all category to all over . like many course , traing . for supplier they make many traing course . that why microsoft is microsoft
23. Liveitup (Posts: 1797; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Surprise us with a beautiful Surface Phone.
24. papss (unregistered)
What a beast that top one is.. can't justify it currently but if I could I would.. way to give options m$
27. BattleBrat (Posts: 1291; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Ahhh! I have to hold onto my Surface 1 for another year, can't justify upgrading this quickly!
28. Sharky (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)
The store where I work already took down the surface 2 Displays. We should be getting the 3 and mini by June.
33. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
If you don't mind my asking, who typically buys Surface 2 at your store? Is it mostly older people?
34. Sharky (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)
I haven't sold many, but the few I've sold it to seem to be in the 30s-40s range. But I would have to say that older people did ask about it more often than younger people though.
30. gd761 (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
Give Me a Surface Prodigy 8GB RAM ant 2TB SDD for $2000.00 and I would consider it IF the RAM & SSD were ACCESSIBLE so I could Upgrade them Later when I Need to Upgrade them.
Why is Nobody Stressing this to Microsoft?!
This should have been on their Build Timeline.
31. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1355; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Folks I see price cuts coming in 6 months! Of the Surface 3 line up I think the Surface with the intel i3 cpu with a 128 gigs drive being the hero Surface tablet. If I were a retailer like best buy I would focus on the Intel i3 with 128gigs because it would be easier to move a Surface tablet that sells under 1000 USA dollars. The High Performance Surface i7 CPU tablet is too pricy but with the right graphics chip will run high level CAD programs and HD Games. The Intel i3 and the Intel i7 Surface 3's are the ones to go for. Folks stop putting down the MS Surface 2 and the Nokia 2520 and the New Surface Mini because they use ARM CPU's which unfortunately cannot run XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.8.1- x86 desktop programs. When you buy a Surface 2 or Nokia 2520. you get preloaded Office Home and Student and you can buy MS "Outlook" to add to the Office suite. the Nokia 2520 costs less than 500 dollars and has 4G LTE. not to many Android Tablets or Apple Ipads cost lees than 500 dollars and can give you 4G LTE Tablet and a good MS office suite for FREE FREE! Folks 75 to 85 % of the people who bought a Surface 2-RT or Nokia 2520 give them a good rating. so ignor the Tech site reviewers and the internet trolls. Their main weakness is they need more APP and too many People think Microsoft should only make PC Tablets. People Buy apple Ipads and Android Tablets everyday and do not give a DAMN that they do not run Windows Standard Desktop PC x86 Programs. Windows RT tablet users should feel the same way and many of them do!
32. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Did you have Cortana write that post for you?