The Surface 3 is the thinnest and lightest Surface Microsoft has made. Surface 3 features the same beautiful design and premium materials as Surface Pro 3 in a more compact and efficient package. The price starts at $499. It is thin (just 8.7 mm) and light (1.37 pounds or 622 grams) and has a 10.8-inch screen. Compared to the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 it is slightly smaller and it feels great when you’re using it as a tablet. The 3:2 aspect ratio which was first introduced on Surface Pro 3 is also used here.
Surface 3 also has front- (3.5MP) and rear-facing (8MP) cameras that both capture 1080p video. The rear-facing camera now features autofocus to take better photos but is also particularly useful for capturing images of documents, barcodes and the like. The battery is expected to last up to 10 hours, so that it will see you through your work day.
Surface 3 has a kickstand that very capably supports the device when you need it and totally disappears when you don’t. This kickstand has three preset positions — a narrow angle that’s great for working at a traditional desk, an intermediate angle that is designed for sitting on the couch or using the device on your lap, and a wide angle that provides a natural writing or drawing canvas.
It also runs full Windows, including desktop applications. Surface 3 runs full 64-bit Windows 8.1 and will be available with Windows Pro for business customers. It will be upgradable to Windows 10 for free when it’s available. With full Windows, it will run the desktop applications you depend on for work or school. This is a big deal when you compare it with competition in this segment. It also includes a one-year subscription to Office 365 to help you really get down to work.
Microsoft has also got the game of ecosystems and accessories right. You have a good range of accessories to pick while you plan to buy a Surface 3. Be it a Docking Station, Type Covers or even a Surface Pen. That makes taking notes real easy.
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Surface 3 looks a fitting device for media pros. Don't want to to comment too early; but definitely a device I am looking forward to review.
— Vijay Raj (@rajvj) March 31, 2015