Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has released the new Surface 3.The latest in the Surface series is smaller and less expensive than Surface Pro 3. With the latest Surface, Microsoft hopes to drive new unit volume. The new Surface is priced at $499 which is sharply lower than Surface Pro 3 which costs over $799.
As the Smartphone s get bigger and more powerful, there is a pressure on the tablets to keep the customer’s interest. Surface 3 is the latest attempt by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to capture the imagination of consumers.
The Surface 3 has a hinged panel on the back that flips out to become a stand. The Type Cover is a wafer thin, felt lined cover with a full keyboard and trackpad on the inside.
Until now there were only two versions of the Surface, the Surface Pro, and Surface RT. The Surface pro could run Windows while the RT model could only run apps. The Surface RT went on to flop due to there not being many apps to run on it.
The Surface 3 is the successor of Surface 2. It has a 10.8 inches (diagonal) screen. The processor is not as strong as that of the Pro however it is only noticeable in the boot time required.
Once the tablet has booted, there is no noticeable difference between the tablet and Pro tablets. All applications run smoothly. On a downside, the Surface 3’s power brick does not have a second USB jack for charging the phone as Pro does. The kickstand also limits the choice to only three angles.
Compared to Pro, Surface three is much lighter and easier to hold in hand for a long time. The cameras are also arguably better than Pro.
The Surface 3 has a 10 hour battery life, and its power chord connects with micro USB jack. This means that the same charging chord can be used for multiple devices. The Surface can also be connected to another computer to charge.