Microsoft Announces Surface 3 Windows Tablet, Prices Start at $499

Posted Tue Mar 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM PDT by

The upcoming tablet is the company's thinnest and lightest surface yet. 

Microsoft has detailed its latest Surface tablet. The Surface 3 is designed to serve as a laptop replacement and can run full Windows.

"Surface 3 brings what customers love about Surface Pro 3 to more people, delivering the premium design and productivity of Surface in a more affordable device," said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. "We've taken everything we learned making Surface Pro 3 and poured that innovation into this newest Surface. It's beautiful, versatile, powerful and productive, and our customers are going to love what it lets them do."

The Surface 3 features a 10.8-inch ClearType Full HD 1920x1280 display. Under the hood, the tablet is powered by a Quad Core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor, 2GB RAM with 64GB of storage or 4GB RAM with 128GB storage, all running Windows 8.1 with up to 10 hours of video playback battery life. An 8MP rear camera, 3.5MP front camera, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, and a three-position kickstand are integrated as well. An optional Type Cover, Pen, and Docking Station are also available.

Pre-orders for the Microsoft Surface 3 are now available with prices starting at $499 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and $599 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model. The tablet is set for a May 5 release.

Source: Microsoft 

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