Microsoft's New Surface 3 Tablet Takes Aim At The iPad

01/04/2015 12:43 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Microsoft Corp. announced a new Surface device yesterday that is thinner, lighter and $300 cheaper than its higher specced predecessor, the Surface Pro 3.

“We’ve taken everything we learned making Surface Pro 3 and poured that innovation into this newest Surface." said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface in an official statement yesterday.

Weighing 622 grams, the Surface 3 is powered by an Intel Atom x7 processor, and embeds a 10.8-inch (1920x1280 pixel resolution) ClearType HD multi-touch display.

The entry-level version, priced at $499, comes with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, and includes an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 3.5 megapixel secondary camera.

Other notable features include stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound, and a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.

The Surface 3 tablet will run Windows 8.1 when it ships, and will be upgraded to Windows 10 for free. has opened up for preorders for the device in 26 countries starting yesterday.

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