Microsoft Makes New Surface 3 Available For Pre-order:
Guess who joined the Microsoft Surface family?
Yep, you got it; a new, “smaller” Surface 3 is available for pre-order!!! Not as small as the Surface 2 but smaller than Surface Pro 3. With no forewarning or any major announcements, Microsoft released this new Surface for pre-orders to the online Microsoft Store today. Then, there was an announcement that followed on their blog.
New Surface 3 Available For Pre-order: Here are the specs
|Display||10.8” ClearType Full HD Plus, 1920 x 1280, 10 point multi-touch|
|Surface Pen Support||YES!|
|Size||10.52 x 7.36 x 0.34 in|
|Processor||Quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor|
|Battery Life||Up to 10 hours|
|Storage||64 GB and 128 GB options|
|RAM||2 GB and 4 GB options|
|Ports||Full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, Micro USB charging port, Headset jack, Cover port|
|Cameras||3.5 megapixel front-facing camera • 8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus|
|Sound||Stereo speakers with Dolby audio + Mic|
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer|
|Software||1-year of Office 365 Personal with OneDrive cloud storage|
All for a $499 base price! And shipping on 5/5/2015.
In addition, the new Surface 3 comes with a three-position kickstand and, although sold separately, you can choose from four different colors of the Surface Pen: blue, black, red, and the original silver.
A new Surface 3 Type cover is also available in the same colors as the Surface Pen, plus a bright blue and a bright red option.
Boy, Microsoft slid this one past everybody, didn’t they?!
Nonetheless, this is exciting news. We’ve all been waiting for an announcement from Microsoft to see where they take the Surface tablet line. Now we’re getting the first glance.
With the Surface 3 available for pre-order, this means that there will be at least one other Pro version (Surface 4?) but, I suspect, because of the Surface 3 “middle” size, that we are also going to see a “Surface Mini”…
If you want to Pre-Order or see more details, visit the Microsoft Online Store.
Joanna is a former IT Director for a major public university, who gave up a high paying career to blog full time. She is proud to be a professional geek. Joanna loves all things technology and Surface tablets are her passion. She and Tim created LoveMySurface.net to help others be more productive using these awesome tablets.