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Microsoft Surface 3 with 10.8 inch HD display now official, starting $499

Microsoft today announced the most thinnest and lightest Surface so far and an affordable variant of Surface Pro 3, ‘Microsoft Surface 3’. It will hit the market on May 5th at the starting price of $499. Surface 3 features a 10.8 inch ClearType Full HD Plus 10-point multi-touch Display offering 1920 x 1280 pixels resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio. Just like Surface Pro 3, this also supports Pen input but you will have to buy it separately for $50. Pen will be available in four different colors. You can also buy Docking Station separately.

Microsoft Surface 3

Surface 3 is running on Windows 8.1 operating system and will be upgraded to Windows 10 for free. It is powered with 1.6 Quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor (up to 2.4 GHz). As per RAM and storage, the device comes in two different variants which are as follows:

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

Furthermore, Surface 3 comes with 8 Megapixel rear camera with Auto focus supporting Full HD 1080p video recording. At front facing we get a 3.5 Megapixel shooter which also records 1080p video recording. As far as connectivity is concerned, Surface 3 supports Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Full USB 3.0, Mini Display port, Micro USB charging port, GPS. It also supports optional LTE connectivity. Other features includes microSD reader, Microphone, Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound. According to Microsoft, Surface 3 can offer upto 10 hours of Battery life with video-playback.

Microsoft Surface 3 Colors

Microsoft Surface 3 Specifications:

  • Windows 8.1 Operating System
  • 10.8 inch 3:2 ClearType Full HD Plus 10-point multi-touch Display
  • 1920 x 1280 pixels resolution
  • Pen input
  • 1.6 Quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor (up to 2.4 GHz)
  • 2GB RAM with 64 GB storage
  • 4GB RAM with 128 GB storage
  • 8 Megapixel rear camera with Auto Focus
  • 3.5 Megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1080p video recording with both camera
  • microSD reader, Microphone, Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Full USB 3.0, Mini Display port, Micro USB charging port, GPS
  • Optional LTE variant
  • Battery life of up to 10 hours with video-playback

Microsoft Surface 3 Prices:

  • 2GB RAM with 64GB storage variant: $499
  • 2GB RAM with 64GB storage (LTE):$599
  • 4GB RAM with 128GB storage variant: $599
  • 4GB RAM with 128GB storage (LTE): $699

Microsoft Surface 3 Release Dates:

Surface 3 WiFi variant will start shipping from May 5th, 2015. It will be available world wide by 7th May. While the LTE variant will start shipping from June 26, 2015. It is now available for Pre-Order from Microsoft Store.

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