Microsoft Announce Surface 3 running full Windows 8.1

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It looks like Windows RT could be finally dead, Microsoft have just announced their latest Surface tablet, which traditionally ran Windows RT, with the Pro models running full fat windows.

The Surface 3 is a low cost full Windows laptop that is just 8.7mm thick, and weighing 0.6kgs and has a 10.8-inch screen.

It uses a Quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor which should be more than adequate for daily tasks and web browsing.

The Surface 3 also has front- (3.5MP) and rear-facing (8MP) cameras that both capture 1080p video.

The battery will last up to 10 hours and it is charged via Micro USB

It will come in 4 options, 64GB storage with 2GB RAM or 128GB storage with 4GB RAM and either of those can have 4G. The cheapest model will be £419 in the UK and the 128GB model will be £499. No word on the 4G model pricing.

The 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.

We think this could be a real game changer, especially in the enterprise market where iPads just don't quite offer the functionality many need in a work environment. The only concern we have is the cost of the Type Cover, once this is taken into account you could be talking ultrabook pricing.

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