Microsoft reveals 4G-connected Surface 3 device

31 Mar 2015

Microsoft has introduced its latest laptop replacement tablet, the 4G-ready Surface 3 which is the thinnest and lightest Surface device yet and starts at €609.99.

This pricepoint will be welcomed by those for whom the Surface Pro 3 model is beyond budget, costing over €700 with basic specs.

The Surface 3 comes in two versions: one with Wi-Fi and one with Wi-Fi and 4G.

The new machine is powered by the new quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor and has a 10.8-inch ClearTyle HD multi-touch display.

The back of the device has a three-position kickstand.

It is also the first of the Surface family to come with built-in mobile connectivity, with a 4G (LTE) modem inside the machine.

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The new machines will come with Windows 8.1 but can be upgraded to Windows 10 when that comes available.

Each machine also comes with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.

In terms of accessories the new machines will come with a new Type Cover with an improved trackpad and responsive keyset.

Pre-orders for the new machine will begin today online and in-store at Currys, PC World and Harvey Norman as well as at the Microsoft Store.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years