Microsoft has officially unveiled the Surface 3, which will run Windows 8.1 instead of Windows RT. The move away from ARM-based systems isn’t something that’s new for Microsoft, as they announced they would be doing so in February. However, the move is one that is welcomed, and points largely toward the future for Microsoft. Especially as it relates to their tablet business. The goal now has become to continue attacking the iPad, and this is a great example of a device that is up for the job.
As Apple’s iPad sales have continued to slide over the course of the last several years – Microsoft has been working lately toward building up a fleet of devices that can compete as standalone tablets, or business on the go convertibles that are affordable. The Surface Pro lineup has been popular, and now that the Surface 3 is ditching the ARM-based setup – in exchange for one of Intel’s latest processors – it looks like this will be an affordable, and quality option for anyone looking to add a new tablet to their computing lineup.
It’ll officially go on sale on May 5th and is available for preorder now. However, at $499 it’s an ideal choice for anyone who is running day-t0-day functions on that device. It’ll come with a one-year-subscription to Microsoft Office, which will be ideal for college students, and home users alike. As well as boast some internal hardware features that are pretty impressive.
The Intel Atom x7 processor that is running the device will provide plenty of power for anyone who is looking to get the most out of their tablet. It also is one of the thinnest tablets on the market – and is the thinnest that has ever been produced by Microsoft. It measures in at just 8.7mm thick, and is 10.8-inches on the display. A good combination for a device like this, which is sold with the expectation of being a little less than what people expect out of the Surface Pro 3. It has a few touch features, which are pretty impressive – given that previous Surface devices haven’t been able to handle the pressure touch features that have been seen in other Windows tablets.
That being said, there is also an impressive addition in the camera side, as well. An 8MP primary camera, as well as a 3MP secondary camera. While those numbers might not seem overwhelmingly interesting, they’re definitely selling points for this device. The biggest advantage this device has heading into the market is the fact that it doubles as a tablet and PC – which will be appealing for anyone looking to get a solid device from Microsoft for just under $500.