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Microsoft resurrects the Surface with third try

Gregg Keizer | April 1, 2015
Pitches new tablet-notebook as a smaller, cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 3.

The Surface 3 features a 10.8-inch screen with a 1920x1280-pixel resolution -- the Pro 3 boasts a 12-in. display with 2160x1440-pixel resolution -- relies on an Intel quad-core Atom processor, and weighs in at 1.4 lbs. (The Surface Pro 3 tips the scales at 1.8 lbs.) The Surface 3 also comes with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which lists for $70.

Microsoft hoped to sell the new tablet to a wide variety of customers, including consumers, students and corporations. "Not every business needs the power of Surface Pro 3, or it's not needed in every part of the business," said Panos Panay, the top executive on the Surface team, in a blog post today. "For those organizations, Surface 3 will be a strong choice."

"I think it can cross boundaries," agreed O'Donnell. "I think there are businesses that are also price and cost sensitive. They may be interested in something less expensive than the Surface Pro 3."


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