Microsoft Surface 3 is now available in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the US.
Designed as a thinner, lighter and lower cost alternative to Microsoft’s flagship Surface Pro 3 device, Surface 3 will be available in 26 additional markets from 7 May. This includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and more.
Surface 3 is powered by Intel’s Quad-core Atom processor, has a 10.8-inch screen, front- and rear-facing cameras, a ten-hour battery life and supports pen input.
Unlike previous RT devices, the new tablet runs Office and its desktop applications, as well as the full version of Windows 8.1, which can be upgraded to Windows 10 when the new operating system is available.
Available Surface 3 accessories include a Type Cover, a pen, docking station and a screen protector.
“When we introduced Surface 3 in March, we showed its premium craftsmanship, thin and light design, and powerful, get-stuff-done software,” said Brian Hall, general manager of Microsoft Surface, in a blog post. ““Surface 3 allows customers to consider Surface for a different type of user – one who will benefit from a more affordable and more mobile offering.
Microsoft has already reported ‘strong interest’ from enterprise and education customers, such as BASF, Prada, Emirates Airlines and the University of Phoenix in Arizona, US.
“Surface 3 is an amazing device for students and teachers at any level,” said Hall. “We are already receiving positive feedback on Surface 3 from early adopter schools who cite the precise digital inking capabilities and versatility of form factor that provides students with the rich experiences that deliver on 21st century skills, helps teachers cater to any learning style and activity, and allows administrators to drive positive transformation of learning within their budgets.
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