Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) To Introduce New Atom-Based Surface 3 In May, Starting At $499

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is introducing a new surface pro tablet to its portfolio of powerful hybrid tablets.

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The new tablet is a slim down version of the initial surface Pro 3, which was steeply priced at $799. The new tablet aims to capture the attention of students and a wider market by introducing a price, which more people can afford. The pricing for the tablet will initially start at $499.

Features for the new surface Pro 3 include an Intel Atom 7 processor, 64GB of storage and a 2GB RAM. The price for the tablet is exclusive of the keyboard. The tablet will also come with a preinstalled full version of Windows 8.1. However, the tablet is upgradable to Windows 10.

Additional features include a 10.8 inch display, with a resolution of 1920 by 1280. There will be two versions of the device, the option with Wi-Fi only and the option with 4G LTE. The device takes the characteristics of its big sister, with a stylish slim and light design. It only weighs 1.37 pounds and has a thickness of 0.34 inches.

The primary camera on the device has 8 megapixels while the front facing camera has 3.5 megapixels. Other utilities include a micro USB charging port, a mini display port, and a full-size USB 3.0 port. A micro SD card leader is also included.

Interested buyers should be a bit more patient as Microsoft plans to start distribution and shipping from May 5.

Some differences from the initial surface Pro 3 are obviously going to stand out. The new stand only has three settings. The initial surface Pro 3 had an 180 degree friction stand, which gave users freedom to use the device at their preferred angle. Another difference is the processor. The new surface features an Intel atomx7 while the previous tablet had options of the powerful Intel i5 and i7 processors. This means the new tablet will probably be less powerful than its predecessor.

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