Microsoft introduces new Surface Pro 3 hardware option
For a tablet that’s solidly over a year old at this point, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 keeps right on ticking. And why shouldn’t it, with the sort of hardware that would look pretty good in a full-fledged laptop, let alone an eminently portable tablet. We found the Surface Pro 3 back in the news earlier this week as Microsoft released plans enthusiasts could use to 3D-print and build their own portrait-orientation docking stands for the tablet, and now it returns to the headlines once again, as we get word of a new hardware option becoming available for sale.
Adding a new hardware configuration at this late date is a real rarity; sure, phone-makers will occasionally release new colors months and months following a handset’s initial launch, but that’s cosmetic. Here, Microsoft adds a new high-performance, low-storage Surface Pro 3 option: Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB storage.
Previously, the least amount of storage you could get with the i7/8GB configuration was 256GB. While that one’s still available, this new 128GB option comes in a full $250 cheaper than the 256GB model – that’s a huge premium for that kind of capacity bump. All told, the 128GB i7-based Surface Pro 3 will set you back just about $1300 – the same as the 8GB/256GB option with the lesser Core i5 chip.
Does this mean that Microsoft intends to keep selling the Surface Pro 3 for some time to come? Not necessarily, but it’s still nice to have an additional option while the tablet remains available.