After being announced in March, the Surface 3 tablet from Microsoft is finally available to purchase at retail.
With the base model priced at $639, the Surface 3 is significantly more expensive in Canada than it is in the United States, due to a weak dollar. This version of the tablet comes equipped with 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.
A second configuration will set one back an additional $100. However, this variant of the Surface 3 comes with 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Aside from those differences, the two tablets are identical. See the full spec sheet below.
Office 365 Personal, which includes full versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage is included for free. A free upgrade to Windows 10 is also included when Microsoft decides the operating system is ready for public consumption.
For an additional $239, the Microsoft Store will add in Office 365 Home and an Arc Touch Mouse. The Type Cover and Surface Pen are sold separately. They can be purchased for $159.99 and $49.99, respectively.
The Surface 3 is the first non-Pro tablet from Microsoft to run a full version of Windows 8.1, allowing x86-based Win32 apps to run on the device. While the Atom processor may be comparatively underpowered next to its Core-based counterpart inside the Surface Pro 3, this 10.8-inch device runs cool and fanless, and is thin and light enough to be a tablet, and powerful enough to be a laptop when paired with a keyboard.
The Surface 3 is available at the Microsoft Store, both online and in-store, as well as other online and physical retailers.
Surface 3 complete specs:
- Processor: Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor
- Operating System: Windows 8.1
- Display: 10.8-inch ClearType Full HD Plus Display (1920 x 1280)
- Storage: 64GB or 128GB
- RAM: 2GB or 4GB
- Size: 267 x 187 x 8.7 mm
- Weight: 622g
- Rear Camera: 8.0 megapixel camera with autofocus
- Front Camera: 3.5 megapixel camera
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0