Microsoft Surface 3 Windows 8.1 Tablet With 10.8" Display, LTE Launched

Microsoft Surface 3 with Dock

Microsoft has launched a new high-budget Windows tablet, the Surface 3. The device was announced by the firm earlier today and it'll go on sale starting from first week of May. The Surface 3 comes in two variants with each variant split into two models based on storage onboard. The Wifi-only version with 2GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at $499 USD which is the cheapest on the list. Closely following is Wifi-only version with 4GB RAM+128GB storage priced at $599 USD. The LTE variant with nano SIM card slot and 2GB RAM+64GB storage cost $599 USD while 4GB RAM+128GB storage model is priced at $699 USD.

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The Surface 3 is claimed as the thinnest and lightest tablet ever shipped by the firm and is more affordable than its predecessor, the Surface Pro 3 that was launched in May last year. Specwise, the Surface 3 features a slightly smaller 10.8-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display when compares with 12-inch (2160x1440 pixel) featured on Surface Pro 3. It support 10-point multi-touch and comes with a stylus pen that users will have to purchase separately at $50 USD.

Under the hood, the tablet is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom X7-Z8700 processor clocked at 1.6GHz that can turbo boost up to 2.4GHz. Windows 8.1 governs all internal activities and pre-loaded Dolby Audio system further enhanced audio sound quality hushed out through stereo speakers onboard. The Surface 3 packs an 8-megapixel rear camera with full-HD (1080p) video recording capability and houses a 3.5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Connectivity options included are USB 3.0 port, Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE, and Micro-USB charging port. The LTE variant includes GPS and 4G LTE. According to Microsoft, the Surface 3 battery can last up to 10 hours during video playback.

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