Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

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Microsoft announced the Surface 3 today, a new edition to its Surface lineup of tablet-hybrids. The Surface 3 is best described as a  thinner, smaller, lighter, and less-powerful Surface Pro 3.

The Surface 3 also costs less, starting at $499, sports a smaller, 10.8 inch screen, a claimed 10 hours of video playback on a single charge, and runs a full build of Windows that comes with a year’s subscription to Office 365.

The $499 price point will get you a Surface 3 with 64GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, but not accessories. According to Microsoft, you can double the storage and RAM for $100. The Surface 3-designed Type Cover will still cost you $129, as with the Pro 3.

The Surface 3 goes on pre-sale today, and it will be widely available for sale on May 5. That puts the device’s first financial impacts in Microsoft’s fiscal fourth quarter, or…

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