Pricing and some specs for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 leak; tablet to be unveiled with Surface mini

Pricing and some specs for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 leak; tablet to be unveiled with Surface mini
Isn't it great when things work out just as expected? Earlier this month, we passed along a rumor that along with the Microsoft Surface mini, there would be a new Microsoft Surface 3 Pro getting unveiled at the same time. This Tuesday is the press event that Microsoft is holding, and now some pricing information and some specs have been revealed for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

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).

source: WPCentral

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34 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

This is too much man, by quantity and price.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

But apple products are always overpriced.... that means Microsoft is also overpricing their products...

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 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: Jun 04, 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: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But why? 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: 421; Member since: Feb 11, 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: 6640; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

20. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

but mac book is useless

2. ajonly

Posts: 16; Member since: May 25, 2013

They should launch one with Baytrail processor too. $500

3. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 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

5. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Really? Microsoft force customers?? LOL!

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Mumbo jumbo! A low self-esteem geek you are!

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 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: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep that's the reason OEMs are still using x86 CPUs for laptops/desktops/consoles

29. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Your statement might have been true 5-10 years ago, but ARM has made tremendous performance strides and is getting closer to Intel. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=nvidia_tegrak1_preview&num=1 The power usage of the 4 core K1 makes it suitable for a tablet.

11. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

You can get much better laptops for all those prices points lol

25. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

please dont compare 4-5 pound notebooks with ultrabooks/convertibles/tablets

12. peace247 unregistered

when will PA post the best smartphone photography article....

14. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

*looks at prices* Whoa

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i7 with 8Gb Ram

17. TheNeighbor

Posts: 365; Member since: Nov 15, 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: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Ahhh! I have to hold onto my Surface 1 for another year, can't justify upgrading this quickly!

28. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 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: Apr 16, 2014

If you don't mind my asking, who typically buys Surface 2 at your store? Is it mostly older people?

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