Surface 3 pre-orders start shipping; Microsoft buys the tech behind the slate's digital pen
posted by Alan F. / May 02, 2015, 4:50 PM
The Surface 3 features a 10.8-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1280. Driving the tablet is a quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom x7 processor with 10 hours of battery life. The tablet starts at $499 and accessories include the Surface Type Cover that turns the slate into a laptop, and a digital pen. The pen used for the Surface 3 is the same one offered to Surface Pro 3 users.
Speaking of the digital Surface Pen, Microsoft has purchased the patents and technology for the device from N-trig Ltd. for $30 million. As part of the transaction, some employees from N-trig will be joining Microsoft Israel.
source: Microsoft, WSJ, WindowsCentral
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Nice, this is exactly what I wished the RT line was instead of bastardized like them ARM tablets. ARM Tablets are literally just overpriced jokes with Intel Atom tablets on the market. Good job Microsoft, still happily rocking my 256GB SSD 8GB RAM Surface Pro 2 ☺
posted on May 02, 2015, 7:43 PM 6
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Yeah, I kinda got screwed being an early adopter of the RT. It's a great tablet, don't get me wrong, I just didn't know it would be headed toward a dead end.
posted on May 02, 2015, 10:08 PM 2
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Any chances of a Lumia Note? It's about time Samsung's Note had a real rival.
posted on May 02, 2015, 8:00 PM 3
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I'd love to see it but it's a lot harder when this tech requires a powered stylus. Miniturising an N-trig (Microsoft now?) stylus without a massive loss in either functionality or battery life is the biggest issue in bringing it to a smaller form factor like a 'Note' phone. Wacom's stranglehold on em resonance digitisers is the only reason they're still #1 in the stylus space and they're not gonna let go of those patents any time soon. I wish there was a way around it though. As a graphic designer I have to deal with Wacom every day and they've become quite sloppy with the lack of competition.
posted on May 03, 2015, 1:46 AM 0
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That surface tablet is just too fat.
posted on May 03, 2015, 5:02 AM 0
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