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Microsoft releases Surface 3 with full Windows OS; Pre-order starts at $499

Microsoft Surface 3 Windows tablet for $499

Microsoft Surface RT didn’t make that splash in the market, to be frank it was rather flop. However, it hasn’t killed the tablet completely and the company has introduced a new Surface tablet that will replace the Windows RT series. The surprise is that the tablet price starts at the same price of $499.

The new model is powered by an Intel Atom processor  and offers full Windows OS experience and both desktop and “Windows Apps”.

In terms of specs, the Surface 3 sports a 10.8 inch display with 1920 x 1280 pixel of resolution  and a 3:2 aspect ratio, an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Cherry Trail processor, a built-in 3-position kickstand.

The entry level model is WiFi-only and packs a 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage while $599 model offers 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The company also plans to offer a 4G LTE model in the future.

Other features include 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a full-sized USB 3.0 port, mini DisplayPort, micro USB port, a microSd card reader, a stereo speakers, an 8MP rear camera, and a 3.5MP front-facing camera for video calls.

The device also supports accessories including Microsoft’s Type Cover keyboard cover and Surface Pen for pressure-sensitive writing or drawing. Accessories are sold separately. The pen will cost you $50 and the keyboard covers $130. Both are offered in variety of colors including red, black, and blue.

New Surface 3 is even smaller and lighter compared  to its 12-inch counterpart. The device measures 10.5″ x 7.4″ x 0.34″ and weighs about 1.4 pounds. The Windows tablet is promised to provide 10 hours of battery life.


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