Microsoft Unveils 4G LTE-Enabled Surface 3 Tablet
Microsoft releases a version of its Windows tablet for the masses, and this time with 4G support.Microsoft today took the wraps off the Surface 3, a 10.8-inch tablet that, unlike its Windows RT predecessors, runs the full x86 version of Windows 8.1 like its 12-inch stablemate, last year's Surface Pro 3. Unlike the WiFi-only Surface Pro 3, however, the Surface 3 will be available with 4G cellular connectivity. Panos Panay, corporate vice president of Microsoft Surface, called the device "the thinnest and lightest Surface we've ever shipped" in a March 31 announcement. The magnesium-encased device weighs 1.37 pounds, or 622 grams. By comparison, the Surface Pro 3 weighs 1.76 pounds. "It runs full Windows, including desktop applications. It includes a one-year subscription to Office 365 to help you really get down to work. And it starts at just $499," Panay said. The Surface 3 tablet carries over the Pro's 3:2 aspect ratio on a 10.8-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,280. It also supports the Surface Pen stylus (sold separately), which integrates with the company's OneNote app for jotting down notes directly on-screen. The Surface Pen is now available in blue, red and black, along with the original silver model.
Microsoft's continuous kickstand, which features a "friction hinge" that supports a wide variety of angles, remains exclusive to the Surface Pro 3, however. The Surface 3's "kickstand has three preset positions—a narrow angle that's great for working at a traditional desk, an intermediate angle that is designed for sitting on the couch or using the device on your lap, and a wide angle that provides a natural writing or drawing canvas," said Panay. A promotional YouTube video provided by Microsoft shows the kickstand clicking into its three positions.