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Microsoft Surface Tablet Pro 3 And Mini Specs, Release Date And Price Rumors: Windows 8.1 OS Apps And OneNote Enable Productive Mobile Computing

First Posted: Apr 20, 2014 11:26 AM EDT
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Let's take a look at the specs that are said to come with the new Surface tablet versions, Pro 3 and Mini. If Apple's iPad lineup is best used for entertainment purposes, these devices from Microsoft are said to offer productivity. These are not the first attempts of the company in launching tablets, but as they say, practice makes perfect. They have improved their previous models and used what they learned in coming up with the latest versions.

The Surface Pro 3 will run on the new Windows 8.1 Operating System, which is a good way to start off because it means software applications used in desktops and laptops will be supported. In terms of design, it will feature a 10.6-inch screen and a 4k display, although the latter has yet to be confirmed. Surface Pro 2 is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and reportedly the Surface Pro 3 will be powered by an Intel Core i7. The Pro 2 can be purchased with either 4GB or 8GB RAM which becomes upgradeable to 16GB on the Pro 3. Internal storage space can be purchased in 64, 128, and 256 GB and this is said to continue with Pro 3. The cost of Pro 2 starts at $899, which will likely mean a higher price for the Pro 3, which is said to be released later this year.

The announcement of launching smaller tablets by Microsoft has been going on for a year now, and like the Surface Pro 3 the Surface Mini is reported to be released also late this year. This 7.5-inch tablet is said to be focused on note-taking. Thus, it will put more emphasis on Microsoft's OneNote. It will also come with a digital pen and like Pro 3 will run on Windows 8.1. There are is no confirmed data yet about the price of the Surface Mini once it is released.

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