The surprise reveal of a new Microsoft tablet launched a hot debate in the TabletPCReview forums, with dozens of users dissecting the Surface 3 from every angle.
As its name suggests, this will be smaller, more affordable version of the Surface Pro 3. It will run Windows 8.1 on an Intel Atom processor, with a 10.8-inch display and a starting price of $499.
User excalibur1814 immediately took to this device, saying “I, basically, have come to realise that although the Surface Pro 3 ‘is’ a fantastic machine, I’m looking for something that’s closer to the iPad Air 2. This has Windows, no fan (not that a fan bothers me), the stylus which is a must and just enough power for me to do the random things that I do. Heavy tasks will be undertaken by the Quad core desktop with mega-gajulion rams and stuff.”
User jhoff80 responded, “The two big cons in my opinion are the 3 position kickstand compared to the Pro 3 one, and the lack of USB 3.1 Type C for charging and everything else.” He is referencing the Surface Pro 3 kickstand’s support for a very wide array of angles. The SP3 uses a proprietary charging system, which the Surface 3 will discard in favor of a simple micro-USB port when the newer, faster USB-C is just starting go into use.
Quite a few also questioned whether this newly-announced model is overpriced. Although a version with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage is $499, the 4 GB/128 GB model is $599. In addition, the stylus/pen is sold separately for $50 and the add-on keyboard is $130, bringing the cost of a fully-tricked out version to $679.
The very active thread in the TPCR forums on this upcoming tablet includes a number of posts wondering about how well the performance of the consumer-oriented Atom “Cherry Trail” processor will compare to the professional-grade Core series chips in the Pro 3. These questions won’t really be answerable until the device is released on May 5.
Still, a number of people have already expressed their opinion that the Microsoft Surface 3 will be a popular device, especially among college students.
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