Microsoft announces the New Surface 3

Microsoft today announced the Surface 3, the lightest and thinnest Surface yet.
It is a miniature version of the Best-Selling Surface 3 Pro. The Surface 3 like the Surface 3 Pro is a Tablet/PC that runs on full Windows OS, that means it runs all the millions of Desktop applications.

Here's the promo video for the Surface 3...

The Surface 3 really is impressive and is tailored for consumers who fancy the Surface 3 Pro but are financially restricted, as the Surface 3 Pro costs $1,000 and up, the Surface 3 will cost $499.
Here are the Specs for the Surface 3:

Technical Specifications

  • Size

    10.52" x 7.36" x 0.34"
    (267mm x 187mm x 8.7mm)

  • Weight

    1.37 lbs

  • Display

    10.8” ClearType Full HD Plus Display
    Resolution: 1920 x 1280
    Aspect ratio: 3:2
    Touch: 10 point multi-touch
    Surface Pen support

  • Battery Life

    Up to 10 hours of video playback1

  • RAM/Storage8

    2GB RAM with 64GB storage
    4GB RAM with 128GB storage

  • Processor

    Quad Core Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8700 processor (2MB Cache, 1.6GHz with Intel Burst™ technology up to 2.4GHz)

  • Network (Wireless)

    Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
    Bluetooth 4.0

  • Ports

    Full-size USB 3.0
    Mini DisplayPort
    microSD™ card reader
    Micro USB charging port
    Headset jack
    Cover port

  • Software

    Windows 8.1
    1-year of Office 365 Personalwith OneDrive cloud storage7

  • Cameras, video and audio

    3.5 megapixel front-facing camera
    8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus
    Stereo speakers with Dolby® audio

  • Sensors

    Ambient light sensor
    Proximity sensor

  • What's in the box

    Surface 3
    Micro USB Power Supply
    Quick Start Guide
    Safety and warranty documents
  • Warranty
    1-year limited hardware warranty

And here is another video showing the Surface 3 in action...

The Surface 3 picks up exactly where the 1st Gen. Surface Pro left off, it is lighter and thinner than the Surface Pro, with the same 10.8 inch HD display and a newer processor; Intel's Atom X7.

Let's hope Microsoft doesn't just stop there with this Surface 3, but instead continues with a Surface Phone? Fingers crossed.

Accessories for the Surface 3 include...

Surface 3 Dock @ $199

Surface TypeCover @ $129

Surface Pen @ $50
And this is what it looks like when they all come together...
Surface 3 with all accessories @ $880
The base price for just the Surface 3 is $499.
The Surface Dock is $199
The Surface TypeCover is $129 and 
The Surface Pen is $49
All together, the Surface 3 will all accessories will cost you a hefty $880. Remember you will also get 1 year Office 365 subscription but still that doesn't justify the hefty price tag.
You can always go for just the Surface 3, without the accessories, putting into consideration that the 64GB+WiFi version costs $499 and the 128GB version costs $599, while the iPad Air 2 (WiFi 16GB version) costs about the same price at $500. 

There will be Mobile Broadband versions of the Surface 3 coming to Verizon, T-Mobile and other US carriers, so you are sure to get a subsidized price from those carriers that will carry it.

Remember starting today, you can walk into any Microsoft Store to get hands on experience with the new Surface 3.
It is also now available for pre-order through the Microsoft Store Online website. The Surface 3 will be available nationwide at any Microsoft Store or online from May 5th (5/5), 5+5=10 (Windows 10).

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