You can test the Microsoft Surface 3 before its launch (without any appointment)

You can test the Microsoft Surface 3 before its launch (without any appointment)
Microsoft yesterday announced the Surface 3, the newest addition to its growing family of tablets, saying it will release it on May 5. Until then, you can already pre-order the slate, and even play with it in Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada. However, according to Windows Central, you can't just walk into a Microsoft Store and get your hands on the Surface 3. Instead, you'll have to call to make an appointment first, likely because the number of Surface 3 units on display is very limited. Update: A Microsoft spokesperson said that you don't really need an appointment, and "everyone" can go into a store to check out the new Surface.

The Surface 3 is the thinnest (8.6 mm) and lightest (622 grams) Microsoft tablet to date. It has a display that's slightly larger than the one of the Surface 2, yet smaller than the screen of the Surface Pro 3: 10.8 inches with 1920 x 1280 pixels. Powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor, the new tablet features stereo speakers with Dolby audio, an 8 MP rear camera, 3.5 MP front-facing camera, and a battery that can provide up to 10 hours of video playback. The Surface 3 runs Windows 8.1, but it will obviously be updated to Windows 10 later this year.

Prices for the Microsoft Surface 3 start at $499 (64 GB of storage space, 2 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi). You can also get a Surface Type Cover ($129.99) to turn it into a laptop, and a Surface Pen ($49.99).

So, who's looking forward to buying a Surface 3?

sources: Windows Central, Rod Trent (Twitter)



8. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

If the pen is good I might get it

7. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Those appointments are like direct slaps from Microsoft. I'd rather buy an Acer e5 than this.

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Windows central just updated the article. It isn't appointment only. You can just walk in and see it.

5. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

This thing looks sweet. Looking fwd to the benchmarks...

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

If they put a core M in this size, sold. Currently I am not. The pro 3 is still too big and this uses an atom. Once they get the core m into thus size or slimmer, then it's game over other tablets.

1. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

This is a fantastic machine.

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

yeah it seems like it will be. i will buy one if the reviews are good.

3. waddup121 unregistered

I'm with ya. Surfaces are one of my favourite things Microsoft has made! Awesome hybrid of a tablet and a laptop!

9. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

i already pre-ordered but i fear a little bit about the x7 atom processor - i have win tablet with the latest Z3000 series but what i read so far the X7 is not more powerfull just a better graphic. I like the sreen ratio but considering the low price difference between S3PRO i3-4GB ram, i might cancel the S3 and go for S3P - also HDD module is proper mSATA on i3 and not emmc like on x7 atom.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5836; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Maybe wait for the Surface Pro 4 The $800 Surface Pro 4 will probably have a Core M again (the Haswell Y series was renamed to Core M)

11. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

a cording to geekbeech the atom processor in the surface 3 is as fast as the i3 in the cheapest surface pro 3. highest surface 3 score highest surface pro 3 (Intel i3 version) score i think the surface 3 is a great buy for anyone looking for a windows tablet, thinking about buying one myself. i know benchmarks aren't everything so i will be waiting for pa to do a review on it when it releases before i decide.

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