Microsoft is very excited to announce the launch of Surface 3 and the mobile-broadband version, Surface 3 (4G LTE). The Surface 3 incorporates the very best of the Surface Pro 3, and makes it available to many more people! The goal was to design a fantastic tablet that works as a laptop, with the Surface Pro 3's amazing pen experience and ability to run all Windows apps including full Office, but in a more affordable package.
The result: the thinnest and lightest device in the Surface family so far, at just 622 grams! The Surface 3 runs full Windows, including desktop applications, and includes a one-year subscription to Office 365. And the best news of all? The Surface 3 starts at just NZ$799!
The best of a tablet
Surface 3 is sleek and stylish, with an ultra-clear 10.8-inch screen. Compared to the 12-inch screen of the Surface Pro 3, the Surface 3 feels more compact and can be used more like a tablet. Surface 3 also features a world-class multi-touch and pen experience, making it the most versatile device available for work and play! With 10-hour battery life, you'll easily be able to get through a full day at school or work without plugging in! New with Surface 3 is a Micro USB charger, which means it uses the same connector as most mobile phones. The included 13W charger will be the fastest charging option, but if your battery is running low you’ll be able to use your phone charger as well.
Like every Surface before it, Surface 3 has a kickstand that allows you to work in the position that you want. This kickstand has three pre-set positions — a narrow angle that’s great for working at a traditional desk, an intermediate angle that is designed for sitting on the couch or using the device on your lap, and a wide angle that provides a natural writing or drawing canvas. And of course, you can collapse the stand completely to enable you to use your Surface 3 like a tablet.
The capabilities of a laptop
Surface 3 runs full 64-bit Windows 8.1 and will be upgradable to Windows 10 for free when it’s available. With full Windows, it will run the desktop applications you depend on for work or school. Surface 3 will also include a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, including full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote as well as 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
When you click in the Surface 3 Type Cover, the tablet becomes a laptop! The Surface 3 Type Cover gives you a typing experience that is unmatched by any other tablet and really does turn your tablet into a full laptop. You can also use the Surface 3 Docking Station to instantly create a full desktop workstation, connecting easily to an HD monitor, a printer, an external mouse and keyboard. It is designed to allow you to work the way that best suits your style and circumstances.
The Surface Pen
Surface 3 supports the same pen experience as Surface Pro 3, to allow users to take notes, mark up files and create digital art. The Surface 3 pen will be sold separately from the device. The best news about the Surface 3 pen? It will now be available in several colour options - silver, blue, red and black! The feedback from students particularly has been incredible — even those who use the Type Cover to take the majority of their notes appreciate the ability to grab the pen and sketch a quick diagram or to underline and make margin notes. The Surface pen really is one of the most valuable tools in education.
Surface 3 in the classroom
Surface 3 is the ultimate device for education, especially combined with tools such as OneNote and Office Mix. Students can take notes, write directly on screen, and even record a lecture or class at the same time. Surface 3 enables students to use split screen to record their class, or have handouts open at the same time as they take notes. And because the Surface 3 is ultra-light and portable, students are able to carry it round school or university all day!
And there's some great news for students! Students save 10% on Surface!
Pre-order is available now through Microsoft Stores, microsoftstore.com and select retailers, and it will be on sale beginning May 5 with availability in 26 markets by May 7!