The Surface RT was a failed attempt of turning Windows into a strictly tablet OS designed for very few pieces of hardware. Instead, the better idea was to always include tablets as the general Windows fold, and make Windows adjustable and reliable when used as a tablet’s interface.
While the Surface 3 Pro is a testament to high-powered (and expensive) tablet gear, the Surface 3 is the $499 entry to make an excellent mainstream tablet — while also reserving the right to be converted to full Windows laptop.
Specs include a 10.8-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio (1920 x 1,280 resolution), a quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor, Surface 3 features,pen functionality, front and rear-facing 1080p cameras, and integrated kickstand (non-adjustable). 64 GB (2GB RAM) and 128 GB (with 4GB of RAM) models exist, plus a 4G LTE-ready version: Surface 3 (4G LTE), T-Mobile of which has already published a release supporting the new tablet.
Also: the Surface 3 Type Cover and Pen work just as the Pro variants, except they’re smaller and suited towards the Surface 3.
Launch date? May 7th.
Via: Surface Blog