Comparing The Surface 3 to The iPad Air 2

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Microsoft’s announcement today of the Surface 3 has been by all indications well received.  It is certainly at a great price point at the entry level and given it is running full Windows 8.1 (with an upgrade to Windows 10 later), gone are the days of RT and not being real clear where things were going with it.

I thought it would be interesting to do a comparison of the new Surface 3 to that of the Apple iPad Air 2 because there are a few rumbles on Twitter about the $499 entry price being too expensive.  I think when you look at it and compare it to what is arguably the most popular tablet out there, the iPad Air 2, you find that the Surface 3 makes a lot of sense both from a specification and price perspective.

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Microsoft Announces the Surface 3, A Low Cost Surface Option

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Every since the Surface 2 faded into the digital sunset there has been a clamoring for a low cost Surface option.  Many thought that this would be a Surface Mini which by all indications was pulled at the last minute.  Today however the waiting seems to be over.  Microsoft has just announced the all new Surface 3, a low cost option in the Surface family starting at only $499, a full $300 less than the entry level Surface Pro 3.  The new Surface 3 is available for pre-order now and will ship on May 5th.  The key difference between the Surface 3 and the older Surface 2 is that the former runs Windows 8.1, full version.  This is not an RT build.  Further, you will get upgraded to Windows 10 for free when it is released later this summer.

Pre-Order Microsoft Surface 3 – Starting at $499

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