When Microsoft first announced the original Surface tablet, many of us didn’t know that it was doomed to fail because of Windows RT. And when the company insisted with Windows RT in the second-generation, we already started to ask the question – when is Microsoft going to kill Windows RT ?
Of course, they haven’t officially announced the ‘killing’ of the OS, because that would’ve meant to acknowledge that they made a big mistake. But as the company made it official that Windows RT won’t be able to upgrade to Windows 10, it was obvious that those left with Windows RT-powered devices are going to be left with a dead OS. And I sincerely hope that Microsoft will do something for them.
For the rest of us who didn’t have to cope with Windows RT, Microsoft has now announced the Surface 3, the third-generation of the ‘affordable’ Surface line which comes with a full version of Windows. Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Surface, made the announcement on the official Surface blog, saying the following:
When we developed Surface Pro 3, we set out to design the tablet that can truly replace your laptop – even your high-end laptop. Today we feel both fortunate and proud that the vision of Surface has become a reality with so many people using Pro 3 and loving the experience.
As you’d expect, the tablet comes with a free Windows 10 upgrade, when the operating system is going to be available. The Surface 3 can run all Windows apps including full Office, and also comes with a pen that is perhaps meant to mimic the success of the Surface Pro 3. Let’s have a look at some more features and specs of the product:
- 10.8 inch, full HD Display, 1920 x 1280 resolution
- Front 3.5MP and rear-facing 8MP cameras that both capture 1080p video
- 8.7 mm thin, weighs 1.37 lbs
- 3-position Kickstand
- 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal
- Battery life up to 10 hours
- Quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor
- Full-size USB 3.0, Mini Display Port, microSD card reader, Micro USB charging port
- Speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound
- 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage
The Surface 3 will start at just $499, and it’s available to pre-order today with devices shipping on May 5th in the US / Canada and May 7th internationally. However, what you need to know is that there’s also a 4G LTE version, as well, which starts at $599. The Surface 3 and Surface 3 4G LTE can be paired with the following accessories, as well – Surface 3 Type Cover, the Surface Pen which comes in silver, black, blue and red. and the Surface 3 Docking Station.