Microsoft Surface 3 has been announced, which starts at US $499. It is basically an affordable variant of the Surface Pro 3 tablet, announced last year. Lets go through the specifications of the device.
Microsoft Surface 3 Specifications
The Microsoft Surface 3 features a 10.8-inch (1920 x 1280 pixels) 3:2 ClearType Full HD 10-point multi-touch display with Pen input. It is powered by a 1.6 GHz (up to 2.4 GHz) quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor. It comes with 2GB/4GB of RAM and has 64GB/128GB of internal memory which can be expanded via microSD card reader.
On the camera front, the Microsoft Surface 3 comes with a 8 megapixel auto focus rear camera. It has a 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. Both the cameras can record Full HD 1080p videos. The Surface 3 runs on Windows 8.1 OS and will be upgradable to Windows 10 for free, when it comes out. It weighs 622 grams and is 8.7 mm thick. It comes with one-year free subscription of Office 365.
The Microsoft Surface 3 comes with LTE (optional), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Full USB 3.0, Mini Display port, Micro USB charging port, GPS (LTE model only) as connectivity options. Microsoft promises battery life of up to 10 hours while video-playback. The Surface Pro 3 supports Pen input but it has to be purchased separately for US $50. It is available in blue, silver, red and black colour variants. Type covers are also available separately in a variety of colours for US $130 along with the Docking Station.
The Microsoft Surface 3 pricing starts at US $499 (INR Rs 31,000) for the 2GB variant with 64GB storage and US $599 (INR Rs 37,300) for the 4GB model which comes with 128GB storage. If you choose the LTE variants, price goes up by US $100 for both the models. The device will be available from May 5 via Microsoft stores, official website and select retailers. It goes on sale in 26 markets globally around May 7 2015. The LTE variants would start shipping by June 26. There is no information of it reaching India yet.