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Microsoft has announced a new Surface 3! This is not the Surface 3 Pro, it is a newer Surface geared at a lower price point and better battery life. The consumer version list price starts at $499. It runs the new Intel Atom x7 processor that sips battery power while giving lots of computing power!

The Surface 3 is the thinnest, lightest Surface ever made to date, also coming soon with 4G LTE! Here are some specific details for you to ponder:

  • The thinnest and lightest Surface ever built! Only 0.34” thin and1.37 pounds!
  • Best camera ever on Surface! 8MP rear facing camera with auto focus (great for capturing images of documents and bar codes). 
  • Brightest Surface display ever. 10.8”, a 3:2 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1280 resolution and the brightest display we’ve ever made makes Surface 3 easier to see in sunlight.
  • Runs desktop applications. Runs full Windows 8.1. Powered by the latest Quad Core Intel® Atom™ x7 Z8700 processor – 80% as fast as the Surface Pro 3 i3.
  • Micro USB for charging.  Open up a new world of battery charging and back-up battery accessories. Charge your phone and your Surface with the same charger.
  • All day battery life. Up to10 hours of battery life allow you work through the day.
  • 4G LTE: Surface 3 will be available with LTE!

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The Surface 3 is powerful and efficient, it comes with full Windows, and a one year subscription to Office 365 Personal while giving you all-day battery life.

Powered by the new quad-core Intel® Atom™ x7 processor, Surface 3 is quick and responsive but designed to maximize efficiency with up to 10 hours of battery life. A range of storage and memory configurations gives people choice in power and capacity. The beautiful 10.8-inch ClearType HD multi-touch display features a 3:2 aspect ratio with front facing stereo speakers with Dolby® enhanced audio.

It also has an optional Docking Station that enables you to go from tablet to desktop workstation. The docking station has a gigabit Ethernet port, a Mini DisplayPort for an external HD monitor and four USB ports.

The Surface 3 and new accessories are available for preorder starting at just $499 through microsoftstore.com, Microsoft stores and select partner retailers in our existing markets. Through those same retailers and resellers, customers can begin purchasing Surface 3 and accessories with availability in all existing markets by May 5.