Microsoft today announced the new Surface 3 device which is thinner, smaller, lighter, and less-powerful than the Surface Pro 3. Also, it starts at $499 and comes with 10.8 inch screen running a full Windows 8.1 OS. It also includes 1 year subscription to Office 365.
Surface 3 features the same beautiful design and premium materials as Surface Pro 3 in a more compact and efficient package. It is thin (just 8.7 mm) and light (1.37 pounds or 622 grams) and has a 10.8-inch screen. Compared to the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 it is slightly smaller and it feels great when you’re using it as a tablet.
It is powered by Quad-core Intel® Atom™ x7 processor, the highest performing Atom processor on the market. Surface 3 supports the same pen experience as Surface Pro 3, including 256 levels of pressure sensitivity for accuracy and detail. In the case of Surface 3, the pen will be sold separately and it will now be available in colors — silver, blue, red and black. Surface 3 has a kickstand that very capably supports the device when you need it and totally disappears when you don’t. This kickstand has three preset positions — a narrow angle that’s great for working at a traditional desk, an intermediate angle that is designed for sitting on the couch or using the device on your lap, and a wide angle that provides a natural writing or drawing canvas.
Pre-order is available starting today through Microsoft Stores, microsoftstore.com and select retailers, and it will be on sale beginning May 5,, with availability in 26 markets by May 7. Find full details on pre-order here.