The Surface 3 Launched at $499
Microsoft announced in its blog on Tuesday that the latest addition in the Surface series would be officially available in most of the countries. The starting price for Surface 3 is $499; the tablet was announced back in March 2015.
Surface 3 will be first available in the United States, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, Canada and Australia. Later the distribution will expand to the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Finland and Spain on May 7.
Surface 3 becomes Microsoft’s most slimmest and light-weight tablet as it is only 8.7mm thick and of 1.37 pounds. The company said that their aim was to create something that can replace the most high-end laptops available today. Microsoft’s Surface team General Manager Brian Hall says that Surface 3 has been built with years of training and love.
Surface 3 is a labor of love for us, built from years of learning in the lab and on the feedback and insights we’ve heard from our customers.
The tablet runs Windows 8.1 (64 bit) and users will be given the option of free update whenever Microsoft releases Windows 10.
Although Surface 3 is coming with a lot of options, it still is expensive when the rest of the support gadgets added to the bucket. The 64 GB tab is available for $499, 128 GB for $599, if you add the type cover (keyboard required to change the tab into laptop) it is an additional $130 and the Surface 3 pen for another $50.
Microsoft is also offering an exchange offer for all the Surface 2 and Surface RT owners. The Redmond will add $100 if a operational Surface RT is returned and $150 in case of a working Surface 2. However this offer is only valid till May 31 in USA and Puerto Rico, and the coupon expires by 30 June.