Microsoft has announced today the Surface 3, a new low-cost addition to the Surface brand that runs the full version of Windows and start at $499. The device is open for pre-orders starting today and will be sold in 26 markets starting in May.
The tablet, with a 10.8in display running at 1920×1280 (3:2) is a fanless machine with up to ten hours of battery life. Under the glass is Intel’s latest Atom processor, the x7-Z8700 processor (Cherry Trail) (2MB cache, 1.6 GHz with Intel Burst™ technology up to 2.4 GHz) and Microsoft says that this is the first device to market using this chip.
The device is available for pre-order starting today and it will be generally available starting on May 5th.
To no surprise, seeing as Windows 10 has not hit RTM yet, the device runs Windows 8.1 out of the box but will be upgraded to Windows 10 once the OS has been finalized.
With a starting price of $499, Microsoft is making a play for the entry level consumer who wants a high quality machine. Seeing as the device features that same build quality as the Pro 3, it should be a competent machine for the price. But, as with every Surface, this device does not come with a Type cover nor does the Surface 3 include a pen.
The Type cover, which has been updated for this model and you can read about it here (post coming soon), costs $129 and the pen is $49. If you are planning on buying the Surface 3, it’s important to keep this in mind as the Type cover is an essential accessory and the pen is highly recommended as well.
There are four models available for preoder and the configurations are as follows:
- $499: 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage
- $599: 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage
- $599: 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with LTE
- $699: 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage with LTE
For a full breakdown of specs, take a look at the chart below.
|Operating System||Windows 8.1|
|Pen Input||Yes, Pen sold seperatly|
|Processor||Quad-core Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8700 processor
1.6 GHz with Intel Burst™ technology up to 2.4 GHz
|Audio||Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio-enhanced sound|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0 low energy|
|Camera||3.5 megapixel 1080p front-facing camera
8.0 megapixel 1080p rear-facing camera with auto-focus
USB 3.0 x 1, Mini DisplayPort x 1, microUSB card reader, headphone
|Battery||Up to 10 hours of video-playback battery life|
|Power Supply||13W Micro USB power supply, charges via MicroUSB|
|LTE Model Only||GPS, Assisted GPS and GLONASS|
|Size & Weight||
10.51 x 7.36 x 0.34 inches (267 x 187 x 8.7 millimeters)
1.37 pounds (622 grams)
|Software||One-year subscription to Office 365 Personal|
Microsoft said that if you have any of the Surface keyboard covers, they will work with this device. Although, if you have a Pro 3, the keyboard cover will be larger than the display and if you have a Surface 2 cover, it will be smaller than the display. This is because Microsoft introduced a new screen size with the device but the pen for your Pro 3 will work on this machine.