Surface 3 introduced by Microsoft; pre-orders start today
posted by Alan F. / Mar 31, 2015, 12:02 PM
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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I really wish Microsoft would release a Surface Laptop.
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 12:08 PM 4
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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.
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 12:12 PM 2
my favorite part is the end when the price drops, i laptop battery is dead maybe its time for a surface3
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 2:41 PM 2
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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 $499 price tag really attracts me.
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 12:36 PM 0
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The performance is quite well known already, let´s see: Airmont is a tick, so very little arquitecture improvements. Atom x7 is clocked at 2.4 GHz compared to the 2.33 of Atom Z3850. So at least in CPU that´s your answer: around the same as old generation Atom chipset. No clue about the GPU, as they have changed the PowerVR G6430 for the Intel Gen 8 and increased the number of EUs (clusters if you want) from 4 to 16. We´ll see what comes out of that.
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 3:17 PM 0
wow! this is what Apple needed to do ! Windows 8 is not my cup of tea ,but my android tablet is not cutting it for me anymore. Windows 10 is looking good though. Windows 10 tablets might be a turning point. full usb ports , full desktop apps , file manger , MS office , photoshop, monitor docks, looking good so far.
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 12:52 PM 2
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Windows 8/8.1 tablets already do that. Even as low as 70$. 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.
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 1:01 PM 5
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Spec wise, but it'd be killing if it has the same screen size to surface pro3.
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 12:54 PM 1
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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
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 1:17 PM 2
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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?
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 3:04 PM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 2:41 PM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 4:56 PM 0
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Apple fools, right?
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 5:52 PM 0
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Nope this is not an April fools joke. http://www.microsoft.com/surfa
posted on Apr 01, 2015, 1:37 AM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 31, 2015, 10:06 PM 0
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