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

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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45 Comments

1. JocularJ

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 27, 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

13. Alan01

Posts: 573; Member since: Mar 21, 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.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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... ;)

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

512mb for full windows 8. Mission Impossible.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

24. jojon

Posts: 426; Member since: Feb 11, 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

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

:( Thanks for the concern Bud.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

10. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

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

27. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

They will still have their services for those.

28. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

30. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

The Yoga series is amazing.

33. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

34. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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

37. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Seems weird. Which model was it?

38. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

42. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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

11. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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. :)

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Y U NO LIKE NEXUS 7? :-(

18. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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. :)

23. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

25. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

14. mrdoubleb

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 06, 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?

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

32. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

36. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

44. mrdoubleb

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 06, 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".

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