Microsoft offers yet another alternative to people who are tired of carrying around their heavy laptops with them. Its brand new Surface 3 tablet is one of the most portable surfaces currently in the market, and it comes at an affordable price too.
Tech experts compared Microsoft’s new gadget with the Pro 3 version released last year. They came to the conclusion that Surface 3 is better in every aspect, while retaining most of its predecessor strong points.
Microsoft Surface 3 is smaller, cheaper and weighs less than last year’s tablet. One of the features that specialists expect to attract consumers’ attention is the tablet’s ability to run all existing Windows applications, being nothing less than a regular laptop in this aspect.
It comes with a 10.8-inch display, much smaller than the Pro 3 12 inch model. The framework is pretty much identical in the two versions, but Surface 3 is lighter – 1.37 pounds, compared to the 1.76 pounds the Pro 3 weighted.
The new Silicon processor allows Surface 3 to get rid of any cooling fans that Pro 3 used to have. The quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor normally runs at 1.6GHz but can reach up to 2.4GHz thanks to the Intel Burst technology. The processor’s speed is good enough to keep up with what Microsoft’s competition has to offer and the most important thing – it doesn’t heat up.
Surface 3 works flawlessly with Windows 8.1, the operating system specifically designed by Microsoft for touchscreen devices. It is also upgradable to the upcoming Windows 10 version, so buyers will have no major effort to make staying in touch with the latest interface improvements.
The new tablet was announced on Tuesday and is expected to be available in stores starting from next month. Microsoft seems to want to give potential consumers enough time to mull over Surface 3’s characteristics. The tablet starts at $499, with an extra 100 bucks for double storage capacity and RAM memory.
The most obvious choice buyers will have to make is between Microsoft’s Surface 3 and Apple’s iPad Air 2. Surface 3 seems to be a little bit faster than the 1.5 GHz processor on the iPad Air 2, but the difference is negligible and both tablets are expected to perform well in this aspect. The primary camera is identical on both products, although Surface 3 does come with a better frontal camera.
The Apple tablet really seems to have an edge in terms of display and design. Also, even they made it lighter, the Microsoft device doesn’t look able to compete with iPad Air’s feather weight.
Overall between the two, a verdict is still out.
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