A few days ago, Microsoft announced their newest Surface tablet, a skimmed down version of the more popular Surface Pro tablet called the Surface 3.
I describe the Surface 3 as a skimmed down version because there are two noticeable changes in the two devices, and that is screen size and processor. The Surface Pro has a 12″ (2160×1440) screen while the Surface 3 has a 10.8″ (1920×1280) screen.
In addition, the Surface Pro comes with either the Intel Core i3 or i7 processor, while the Surface 3 comes with Intel’s new Atom x7 Processor (Atom Cherry Trail chip).
There are some other, less important noticeable changes, such as the Surface 3 weighing only 1.37lbs, versus the 1.76 lbs of the Surface Pro. Both have about 10 hours of battery life, and can support external displays. The Surface 3 is also available with optional built-in 4G LTE.
To see a full list of the differences between the Surface 3 and the Surface Pro models, head on over to Microsoft’s website or click the on the chart to the right to see a screenshot of the comparison table. You’ll notice, for those who follow the Surface models, that the Surface RT (the first Surface tablet that Microsoft made) is not listed here. There’s a few reasons why, but mainly because they no longer produce the “RT” version.
For the last few months, I’ve been looking into purchasing a tablet, and have been doing my research. While I was familiar with the Surface Pro, I was not looking for a table that would replace my desktop machine, and one that doesn’t cost as much as my desktop machine. The Surface Pro starts at $800 USD, and can go as high as $1,550.
On the other hand, I’ve found that the Apple iPad, while a great device, is more for entertainment, and lacks what I am looking for in a tablet, such as the ability to run the full version of Microsoft Office.
Enter the Microsoft Surface 3.
To me, the Surface 3 is a consumer orientated device, and provides a lot of what I was looking for in a tablet. Check out the Surface 3 vs iPad Air 2 comparison table below (click the image to enlarge).
I have pre-ordered the Surface 3, with an estimated delivery date of the first week of May. I hope that this device truly lives up to its word, and will post a review of once I’ve had a chance to test it out.