Just once you thought Microsoft’s Surface tablets had been dead, the company announced a brand-new addition towards the family: the Microsoft Surface 3. However, unlike previous Surface pills, which ran the now defunct Windows RT operating system, the Surface 3 will run full Windows 8.1 like its big brother, the Surface Pro 3, and can get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches come early july. The Surface 3 takes several design cues from the Pro 3, including its magnesium chassis and 3:2 aspect ratio, but its display is smaller, measuring 10.8in with a 1,92Ox1,280 resolution. Driven by Intel’s new 1.6GHz quad-core Atom x7-Z8700 processor, Microsoft says the Surface 3 should last for as much as 10 hours of video playback. It’ll have stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced noise, a rear~facing 8-megapixel camera and a 3.5 megapixel front side facing camera.
Like all Surface tablets, the Surface 3 may also be able to double up as a laptop thanks to Microsoft Surface 3 Type Cover keyboard. To help prop up the screen, there’s a kickstand across the back. This kickstand has three jobs, your lap plus your desk. This isn’t as flexible as the Surface Pro 3’s stand, we’ll have to wait and see how it fares we get one in for a full review.
You can find a good number of considering its size. As well as a single full-sized USB3 port, there’s a Mini Display Port, a microSD card reader, a headphone a Micro USB charging slot. In the event that’s not enough, you’|l be able to grow of connections with a docking station. Surface 3 also comes with all manner of sensors, including an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer and a digital compass.
The Microsoft Surface 3 will likely be compatible with Microsoft’s optional Surface Pen. We liked this a lot when we tested it with Pro 3, so we’re very happy to see it making a return appearance. i Microsoft is also throwing in a year’s free membership to Office 365 Personal if you buy a Surface 3 ahead of the end for the year Available in both 3G and 4G variations, the Surface 3 will cost from £419 to £499. The cheaper version has 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, while the £499 version has 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. You’ll also get a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and OneDrive storage in the event that you buy one this 12 months.