Surface 3 introduced by Microsoft; pre-orders start today



Microsoft struck paydirt at last when it released the Surface Pro 3. The tablet that can replace your laptop (according to the manufacturer) was named one of Time magazine's top 25 inventions of 2014. Feeling confident, Microsoft announced today that it is making the popular features found in the Surface Pro 3 available to many more people by introducing the Microsoft Surface 3.

The Surface 3 will offer users the full Office experience and "a pen experience that really sets Surface apart." There will be two models, one that features Wi-Fi connectivity and another that supports 4G LTE. Both versions of the Surface 3 run full Windows and provide desktop apps. With a starting price of $499, the tablet comes with one year of Office 365 Personal so that you can use the Surface 3 to its fullest potential right out of the box. That means full versions of  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote are pre-loaded, and those purchasing the slate receive 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage. A microSD slot is available for those who need to expand the amount of storage on the tablet.

The Microsoft Surface 3 comes with a 10.8-inch 1920 x 1280 resolution screen, and keeps the 3:2 aspect ratio found on the Surface Pro 3. Powering the slate is a quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor. The tablet comes with a rear-facing 8MP camera and a front-facing 3.5MP snapper. Microsoft says that the battery will run for 10 hours between charges and the included USB 3.0 charging port allows you to use your phone's charger if you can't find the 13W charger that comes with the slate. Windows 8.1 is pre-installed and Windows Pro is available for businesses. When Windows 10 is launched, the Surface 3 will be upgraded for free.

Accessories like the Surface Type Cover will be available to turn the Surface into a laptop. The Surface 3 Docking Station allows you to connect an HD monitor, mouse and printer to the tablet. The Pen that is offered separately is the same one used on the Surface Pro 3, and is available in silver, blue, red and black.

The Surface 3 is not only for personal use and companies like Prada and BASF have decided to purchase it for employees. Speaking about purchasing the tablet, pre-orders begin today at Microsoft Stores, microsoftstore.com and certain retailers. The device launches on May 5th and will be found in 26 markets by May 7th. If you want to test drive the tablet, you can do so starting April 1st at your nearest Microsoft Store.


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31 Comments

1. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

I really wish Microsoft would release a Surface Laptop.

2. shaineql

Posts: 515; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Not many people are into laptops these days.And spec on this one aint bad at all , Wifi + 4g + 1 TB + windows 10 for great price.

25. Mrmark

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

I agree somewhat ... Yet there are a lot of Macbooks at coffee shops... So a Surface laptop would be nice

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

but the surface is pretty much a laptop with out a keyboard just get the type cover and you have your laptop bro.

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

my favorite part is the end when the price drops, i laptop battery is dead maybe its time for a surface3

21. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yeah the end is pretty funny.

4. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

already pre-ordered...

5. NuRay

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

Lets see how well it works with atom x7 with 2gb ram, especially multitasking. It's safer to go with the 4gb/128gb model but that $499 price tag really attracts me.

15. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

The performance is quite well known already, let´s see: Airmont is a tick, so very little arquitecture improvements. Atom x7 is clocked at 2.4 GHz compared to the 2.33 of Atom Z3850. So at least in CPU that´s your answer: around the same as old generation Atom chipset. No clue about the GPU, as they have changed the PowerVR G6430 for the Intel Gen 8 and increased the number of EUs (clusters if you want) from 4 to 16. We´ll see what comes out of that.

6. seven7dust unregistered

wow! this is what Apple needed to do ! Windows 8 is not my cup of tea ,but my android tablet is not cutting it for me anymore. Windows 10 is looking good though. Windows 10 tablets might be a turning point. full usb ports , full desktop apps , file manger , MS office , photoshop, monitor docks, looking good so far.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Windows 8/8.1 tablets already do that. Even as low as 70$. Some lack full usb but they usually come with a micro-to-usb adapter like mine did. Or they get really close. I have been using my old lynx tablet for all that, some things chug but it is not any different than low end laptops, I paid 250 for mine. So I wasn't expecting much but it has been great.

7. jack123

Posts: 274; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Spec wise, but it'd be killing if it has the same screen size to surface pro3.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

that's what the pro line is for...

10. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I have a surface pro 3,the i3 version and it really is an incredible machine! I can only imagine how good the higher power models are

14. milad95

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I have a question from u. I want to buy a core i3 version of surface pro 3.How it deal with Games?Have u ever played a game I mean a new game with ur surface?if so how Do u evaluate Intel Hd graphic? And about watching 4K movies.is it smooth?

16. floppyedonkey

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Are you talking about watching 4k movies on a different display? i5 surface pro plays games fine, like Tera, Dota2...

11. Doakie

Posts: 2456; Member since: May 06, 2009

I got a Surface RT for my wife and theres practically no apps for Windows RT. Is this running the full x86 version of Windows? I didn't see RT mentioned anywhere.

13. Doakie

Posts: 2456; Member since: May 06, 2009

"Both versions of the Surface 3 run full Windows and provide desktop apps." I'm slow, sorry.

17. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

GPU? CPU?

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

this tablet uses the latest Intel cherry trail Atom CPU. it can access 8 gigs of ram, it's graphics is 2 times faster for rendering 3d, it can turbo burst to 2.4 giga herzt CPU speed. it's fan less. it will be a good general Windows tablet and can do MS office and can run most desktop PC programs. if you like to do a lot of multitasking get the 4 gig ram version. I think Microsoft has a hit here and will sell a lot of them.

19. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Why not Core M?

20. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

I want to see benchmarks on how this atom compares to Core M and Core i5/i7. I know this is weaker than Core M, but how much weaker.

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Apple fools, right?

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its April fools. For an Atom surface I don't think they need to make it that thick! Looks like a Surface Pro 3 in the picture.

28. almostdone

Posts: 416; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Nope this is not an April fools joke. http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-gb

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not bad. Wish they could make it thinner. Most Atom tablet i have seen is very sleek. Surface Pro with the iCore 5/7 CPU i could understand why they needed the ventilation.

23. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Isn't 3 already out? April fools.

27. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Surface Pro 3 is out, not Surface 3.

26. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I'd rather go with an Acer Aspire One or the E5. It's got more storage, can play decent games. Plus its way cheaper than what Microsoft has to offer.

31. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Not really the same thing though. Laptop tablet. Portability.

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