The Microsoft Surface 3 runs Windows 8.1, costs just $499

“The Microsoft Surface 3 comes with a 10.8-inch FHD display, quad-core Intel Atom CPU, and 4GB of RAM”

Microsoft has unveiled its latest Surface series tablet, the Surface 3 with full-fledged Windows experience. While the previous Surface slates, the Surface RT and Surface 2 didn’t allow you to run traditional Windows applications, Microsoft has ditched ARM CPUs and Windows RT this time, and has loaded the Surface 3 with an Intel Atom SoC and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft Surface 3

Coming to the specs, the Microsoft Surface 3 offers a 10.8-inch full HD display with support for the Surface stylus pen. It is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor with a burst clock speed of up to 2.4GHz, further supported by 2GB/4GB of RAM. The slate offers stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, an 8MP autofocus rear camera, a 3.5MP front shooter, and 64GB/128GB of flash memory. Connectivity options on board include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, a Mini DisplayPort, a microSD card reader, and micro-USB. In terms of design, the Surface 3 measures 8.7mm around the waist and weighs 622grams. Microsoft is touting it as the slimmest and lightest Surface device ever.

Microsoft has also introduced the Type C cover and Surface Pen accessories for the Surface 3, which will be sold separately. After hooking up the device with the Type Cover, the tablet provides a laptop-like experience. The Surface Pen offers 256 levels of pressure sensitivity for accuracy. The Surface 3 Type Cover costs $129.99, while the Surface Pen is priced at $49.99.

The Surface 3 is up for pre-order on Microsoft Store in the US. The 64GB Wi-Fi only model with 2GB of RAM costs $499, and the 128GB Wi-Fi only edition with 4GB of RAM is being offered for $599. There’s no word on the prices of 4G LTE variants as of now.  The brand is bundling it with a free one-year subscription to Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive storage. The slate will also be upgradable to Windows 10 for free when it rolls out commercially later this year.