Microsoft Surface 3 Launched at $499 with Windows 8.1

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A few weeks in advance of our late-April expectations, Microsoft just dropped a bit of a surprise, announced the new Surface 3 tablet. The first full-Windows Surface that hasn’t been a member of the family’s Pro line, the Surface 3 attempts to offer a slightly more compact alternative to the Pro 3, while not skimping a heck of a lot in features.

Like expected, the Surface 3 is much cheaper than the Pro 3. Starting at just about $500, it’s a lot more affordable than the $800 Pro. The Surface 3 will be made available in two variants, Wi-Fi and 4f LTE. Featuring a 10.8 inch ClearType Full HD Plus Display, the extravagant display comes in at 210ppi.

The powerful tablet is powered by an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Quad-Core Processor, clocked at 1.6Ghz with Intel Burst up to 2.4Ghz, coupled with minimum 2GB of RAM which is upgradeable to 4GB. The main selling points of this tablet will include its full Windows 8.1 OS with assures Windows 10 upgradation. The tablet will have 64/128 GB of internal storage, with microSD compatibility. LTE version not due until June. Microsoft claims, Surface 3 will provide 10 hours of battery life but didn’t specify any capacity. Surface 3 sports an 8 MP back camera without flash and a 3.5 MP front-facing camera.

The premium build includes Magnesium alloy with Ceramic finish and 8.7 mm thin profile. The tablet weighs 622 grams and measures 267.00 x 187.00 x 8.70. The full 8.1 OS will definitely make this tablet a great choice for people looking for a mid-range premium built tablet or laptop.

Aditya Gupta

A compassionate supporter of gadgets and dedicated to informing those around him. Aditya Gupta is a high school science student from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He covers the topics which he feels are not covered anywhere else so that more people get involved in the world he loves so much. After graduating from high school in 2016, he plans to start his under-grad studies in Computer Science. Follow: @TheBrainyGeek

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