Microsoft released a smaller, cheaper and less powerful version of its hugely successful Surface Pro 3 tablet/PC.
The Microsoft Surface 3 is Microsoft next 2-in-1 tablet/PC that was launched early this month. It is riding on the heels of the Surface Pro 3 which is a big hit and has sold millions.
But the Surface Pro 3, though successful only appealed to a certain class (mainly workers, employees) as the price tag starts from $800 upwards. So Microsoft decided to make a smaller, cheaper version meant for students and home use.
While the Surface Pro 3 comes with a variety of Intel processors ranging from the i3, i5 and i7, the Surface 3 runs on the smaller Intel Atom X7.
The Surface 3 is sold at different price points with different tech specifications.
I got the base model, which is an Intel Atom X7 (1.6GHz) with 64GB internal storage and 2GB RAM and this goes for $499.
The specs for the Surface 3 are:
- An Intel Atom x7 (1.6GHz, 2.4GHz over-clocked)
- 10.8inch 1920x1080 Full HD Display
- 8MP rear facing camera
- 3.5MP front facing camera
- 1 USB 3.0 port
- 1 ThunderBolt port (mini HDMI)
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
- 1 MicroUSB port (for charging and data)
- and your connector for attaching the type cover keyboard.
The Surface comes in different price points based on the internal storage and memory specs.
The 64GB internal storage with 2GB RAM cost $499
The 128GB internal storage with 4GB RAM cost $100 more at $599
There are also 2 other models that come with 4G LTE support (SIM card)
The 64GB internal storage with 2GB RAM + 4G LTE and
The 128GB internal storage with 4GB RAM + 4G LTE.
These models are not yet available, neither are their pricing
Here is the unboxing video, with my first impressions on the device...
Check back in a week or 2 for a full review.