Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 i3 and i7 Arrive in Stores
Microsoft begins shipments of both the entry-level and high-performance versions of the company's Surface Pro 3 tablet.As promised, Surface Pro 3 tablets are now available with Intel Core i3 and i7 processors, giving buyers in the United States and Canada more performance options at more price points. When Microsoft debuted the Surface Pro 3 on May 20, the company aimed right for the middle of the price/performance spectrum with an Intel Core i5-powered device. The chip, an Intel i5-4300U processor, boasts a clock speed of 1.9GHz (2.5GHz turbo) and generally delivered brisk, desktoplike performance in eWEEK's review. The tablet also sports a price tag befitting a premium laptop. In its initial configuration (Intel Core i5 CPU and 256GB of built-in storage), the Surface Pro 3 rings up at $1,428.99 with the Type Cover. Now, interested buyers can finally pick up a Surface Pro 3, which runs full-fledged Windows 8.1 Pro, for considerably less without sacrificing too much in the performance department, according to Panos Panay, head of Microsoft Surface.
"Starting at just $799 USD, the Core i3 version of Surface Pro 3 gets all the benefit of the work we did to make every Surface Pro 3 thin and light and powerful," he said in an Aug. 1 blog post. Describing the tablet as "the fastest Core i3" device available, he billed the Core i3 model as "a great option for customers who want the versatility of a Surface Pro 3 but who don't run the most demanding applications or workloads."