Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its latest tablet, the Surface 3, is now available for purchase. The Surface 3 was first announced on March 31 and is a watered-down version of the Surface Pro 3. It comes with a more affordable price tag, but doesn’t quite have the muscle of its bigger brother.
You’ll find an Intel Atom x7 processor under the hood, in addition to either 64GB or 128GB of storage (64GB comes with the entry-level model), a 10.8-inch display, an integrated kickstand, and 8-megapixel camera and more. In our tests with the laptop/tablet hybrid, we found it was solid for web browsing and getting most of our work done, though you’ll want to look at the more powerful Intel Core-powered Surface Pro 3 if you want to do any serious photo or video editing.
You can pick up a Surface 3 for $499 from Microsoft Stores, Microsoft’s online store, Best Buy or Amazon, among other retailers, and accessories such as the Surface 3 Type Cover, Surface Pen, Surface 3 Docking Station and Surface 3 Screen Protector are also now available. The $499 starting price does not include the Type Cover, but you can earn some cash to buy one if you take advantage of Microsoft’s trade-in program, which will provide up to $150 toward the Surface 3 if you trade in a Surface RT or Surface 2.