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Microsoft just dropped a bit of a surprise, announcing the new Surface 3 tablet a few weeks in advance of our late-April expectations. The first full-Windows Surface that hasn’t been a member of the family’s Pro line, the Surface 3 attempts to offer a slightly more compact alternative to the Pro 3, while not skimping a heck of a lot on features.

Starting at just about $500, it’s also a lot more affordable than the $800 Pro 3, but just what do you get for that money? Let’s take a look at the Surface 3’s hardware:


Microsoft Surface 3 specs

Component Description
Screen size 10.8 inches
Screen type ClearType Full HD Plus Display
Resolution 1920 x 1280
Pixel density 210 ppi
SoC Intel Atom x7-Z8700
Type Quad-core
Speed 1.6GHz (with Intel Burst up to 2.4GHz)
GPU Intel Gen 8
Storage 64GB / 128GB
Expansion microSD
Camera 8MP autofocus
Flash None
Front-facer 3.5MP
Battery 10 hour
OS Windows 8.1 (with Windows 10 upgrade coming)
Bands LTE version not due until June
SIM type n/a
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC None
Infrared None
Sensors Ambient light sensor / proximity sensor / accelerometer / gyroscope / magnetometer
Build Magnesium alloy with ceramic finish
Size 267 x 187 x 8.7mm / 622g
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