The Surface 3 just arrived on our doorstep this morning. Look for more coverage in coming days.
Microsoft observer and tech blogger Barb Bowman spotted a very interesting exchange in this morning's Surface Reddit AMA session.
Reddit user JonBensonDesigns asked about the notorious pen jitter issue while drawing slow diagonal lines that plagues most penabled devices, but can be especially troublesome on N-Trig tablets like the Surface Pro 3. The response from the Surface team is by Steven Bathiche, a Distinguished Scientist in Microsoft Corp.'s Applied Sciences Group.
So if we're to take Bathiche at his word, then Microsoft is working on a fix that may be applicable not only to future devices but also to current Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 tablets. This is extremely encouraging news and I'll make sure to inform you here if and when that fix is issued!
Long-time readers know my frustration with the depiction of the pen's role in Microsoft's advertising campaigns.
If you were to believe every Surface Pro video you've seen until now, pens are only good for circling stuff, crossing items out and maybe highlighting text.
No wonder most folks seem to think pens are pointless.
Today, Microsoft released a video that takes a big step in the right direction: featuring three users who actually attest to and demonstrate the productivity gains of pen computing.
Let's hope some of this makes it onto the next wave of broadcast ads.
In a blog post this morning, Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President — Microsoft Surface has announced the new Surface 3 starting at only $499 with pen and type cover sold separately.
Scheduled to ship May 5, the Surface 3 marks the end of the line for Windows RT, the ill-fated OS in the first two original Surfaces.
The Surface 3 claims up to 10 hours of battery life and features a 10.8" 3:2 display, 1920x1280 "Full HD Plus" resolution, Quad Core Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8700 processor, and two configurations: 2GB RAM with 64GB storage or 4GB RAM with 128GB storage for $599.
Additional models with 4G LTE are scheduled to be available in late June, but prices were not yet available.
The Surface 3 dimensions are 10.52" x 7.36" x 0.34" (267mm x 187mm x 8.7mm) and weight is 1.37 lbs (622g). Other features include:
- Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Full-size USB 3.0
- Mini DisplayPort
- microSD™ card reader
- Micro USB charging port
- Headset jack
- Cover port
- Windows 8.1
- 1-year of Office 365 Personal6 with OneDrive cloud storage7
- 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera
- 8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus
- Stereo speakers with Dolby® audio
While extolling the significance of the Surface Pen, Panay's post announced the release of a new Windows App called StaffPad that recognizes handwritten music. "Since we first launched the pen, we’ve also seen some amazing app experiences created specifically for the pen that let you go far beyond the capabilities of a mouse and keyboard or touchscreen," Panay wrote. "Today we’re excited by the arrival of StaffPad in the Windows store — a music composition app designed specifically for Surface because of the power of the Surface Pen. It recognizes your handwritten music, and converts it into a beautifully typeset score and even lets you play it back, drawing from a full orchestral sample library. It’s an amazing use of the pen."
The Surface 3 will be available to check out in Microsoft Stores April 1.