Microsoft's Slimmer Surface 3 Tablet Goes on Sale in U.S.
The Surface Pro 3's little brother is now available in the U.S. and other select countries, with Europe to follow suit soon.Microsoft's Surface 3, the company's more portable follow-up to last year's business-friendly Surface Pro 3 tablet, is now available in the United States, the company announced today. Prices start at $499. In addition to the U.S., buyers can also pick up a Surface 3 in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. "And starting May 7, Surface 3 will be available to even more people in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom," said Brian Hall, general manager of Microsoft Surface, in a statement. Unlike its "Pro" sibling, the Surface Pro 3 will be available with 4G LTE connectivity. Currently, Microsoft's online store is only offering the WiFi models (64GB and 128GB). The 4G-equipped versions are "coming soon," according to the site. Compared with the 1.76-pound Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's svelte new Surface weighs considerably less, at 1.37 pounds. Panos Panay, corporate vice president of Microsoft Surface, said the tablet is "the thinnest and lightest Surface we've ever shipped" in a March 31 announcement.
It features a 10.8-inch screen versus 12 inches for the larger version, and it carries over the Pro's distinctive, productivity-focused 3:2 aspect ratio, but with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,280 pixels, compared with 2,160 by 1,440 pixels on the Surface Pro 3. The Surface Pen, the stylus included with the Surface Pro 3, is sold separately on the Surface 3.