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Microsoft Surface 3 promises great battery life, costs just US$499 and runs Windows 8.1

Mark Hachman | April 1, 2015
As expected, Microsoft has launched a slightly smaller, significantly cheaper Surface 3 that ditches Windows RT.

There will also be a dedicated Surface 3 dock for $199.99, as well as a "full-function Windows keyboard and mouse," Meinhard said, the Designer Bluetooth Desktop. This combination will be priced at $99.95, and will "incorporate the design language of the dock"--stark black, in other words. Both will use Bluetooth to communicate with the Surface 3.

As for whether Microsoft will continue to expand the Surface line, Microsoft isn't saying. Meinhard declined to comment, for example, when asked whether Microsoft is planning a Surface mini. He also didn't offer any hints on whether Microsoft has a Surface Pro 4 in the works. Nevertheless, the Surface 3 certainly makes a definitive statement: that the Surface tablet is here to stay.

"The fact that we are building out the Surface family shows how committed we are to Surface and getting it in the hands of more people," Meinhard said.


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