If you’re looking for a new device but don’t want to put your wallet to too much suffering, Microsoft has what you’re looking for. Here’s what you need to know about Microsoft’s new Surface 3 tablet computer.
Microsoft decided to release the more affordable version of its Surface Pro 3 tablet computer in an effort of capturing the interest of students and families with fixed budgets.
Dennis Meinhardt, the program management director for the Surface line described the tablet as being useful for everyday tasks. The tablet also offers the same “premium feel” as the Pro 3.
Meinhardt did point out that users such as graphic artists, engineers and finance professionals that need a more complex software for their activities should opt for the company’s Pro 3 version.
The tablet’s cost was set in Canada at $639. As a comparison, the Pro 3’s value ranges between $849 and $1,999. As it is a more cost-friendly version, the Surface 3 tablet features a smaller screen (10.8 inches compared to the Pro 3’s 12 inches), a slower process and a less flexible support that offers only three angles compared to the Pro 3’s kickstand which is capable of unlimited positions.
There is, of course, the possibility of increasing storage and memory. But that also means a higher cost – $599.
One of the device’s signature features is the keyboard cover which can be bought for the sum of $129, turning the tablet into an efficient laptop replacement. Microsoft also offers a stylus for maximizing the device’s function. Although the Pro 3 comes with an included stylus, for the less expensive tablet version, you’ll need to buy it separately. The price is $49.
Microsoft followed Apple’s lead and removed the fan, thus designing a much thinner, lighter version of the Pro 3. And speaking of Pro 3, the resolution of this cost-friendly device is similar to the more expensive Surface tablet (214 pixels per inch).
According to the manufacturers, battery life should last about 10 hours for video playback. Just like the Pro 3, the Surface 3 uses the standard Windows 8.1 operating system. Up until now, the more inexpensive products were running on a “lightweight version” called RT.
One of the Tablet’s distinguishing characteristics is the USB port which in most rival tablets is absent.
- Release date
The tablet will be available in the U.S. beginning May 5.
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