Microsoft Surface 3 with Intel Atom processor and 4GB RAM unveiled

Surface 3 will run real Windows 8.1 and will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it’s released.

Microsoft has unveiled the Surface 3 tablet with a $499 starting price which is same as the iPad Air 2. Thankfully, this time Microsoft has ditched the now-defunct Windows RT for real Windows 8.1.

The Surface 3 measures 8.7 mm thick and weighs around 622 gram. The device sports a 10.8-inch full HD 1920 x 1280 display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and 214 ppi.

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Inside the Surface 3 is an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor running at 1.6GHz, with a Burst speed up to 2.4GHz. Users will also have a choice between a model with 2 GB RAM and 64 GB storage at $499, or one with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage at $599. You can expand internal storage via a hidden microSD card slot underneath the kickstand.

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Surface 3 will run real Windows 8.1 and will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it’s released. Microsoft is claiming 10 hours of video playback on a single charge.

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For imaging it uses an 8 MP rear camera and a 3.5 MP front camera. For connectivity, it uses a standard micro USB port, Ethernet jack, a headphone jack, a mini DisplayPort, and a USB 3.0 port. There will also be 4G LTE internal modem version, a nano SIM slot, and GPS with GLONASS support.

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Microsoft has included Surface Pen with the tablet. The Surface Pen will cost $49. Also new is the Surface 3 Type Cover. The Surface 3 will also include a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, including full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage.

Microsoft Surface 3 will be on sale beginning May 5, with availability in 26 markets by May 7.

Microsoft Surface 3 Price

  • 2 GB RAM and 64 GB storage – $499
  • 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage at $599

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