Microsoft is adding another device to its Surface tablet line, debuting a new lightweight model on Tuesday called the Surface 3.
The tablet, which boasts the same laptop-replacing features as its higher-end Surface Pro 3 sibling, starts at $499 and will go on sale in May. Microsoft notes that it is the company’s thinnest and lightest tablet to date, but that it will also run “full Windows,” including desktop applications. It has a full USB 3.0 port, a mini DisplayPort and a microSD card slot, as well as an optional dock in case you want to make it your computer at work.
The Surface 3 will also work with the company’s signature Surface Pen. The pen will also now come in different colors — silver, black, blue and red — but is still sold separately. (So is the Surface’s keyboard cover.)
The announcement is also notable because of what it doesn’t mention — anything about Windows RT, the operating system that Microsoft designed for tablets that used to count the lower-priced Surface as its main showcase device.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Hayley Tsukayama