Microsoft Surface 3 Preorders Now Live At Best Buy And Amazon

You can take the first step to getting your hands on Microsoft’s hot new 10.8-inch Surface 3 today by placing a preorder. The Surface Pro 3’s smaller sibling has been popping up at online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and – of course – the Microsoft Store. Microsoft is calling the Surface 3 the “Perfect productivity device for school, home, and on the go.”

The Surface 3 is slated to arrive May 5th but you can preorder now

Microsoft is gunning for a broader slice of the tablet audience with the $499.99 Surface 3, which is smaller than the Surface Pro 3 and doesn’t have quite the same performance. Still, the tablet’s hardware looks pretty good on paper: a 1920x1280 multi-touch display, an Intel Atom processor, and 64GB of storage. And the tablet weighs in at just 1.37 pounds.

Power users are bound to scoff at the 2GB/4GB of memory and point to the Surface Pro 3, which often has 4GB or 8GB of RAM, but it’s differences like this that account for the wild price gap between the tablets. Besides, the Surface 3 is bound to be a sizeable improvement over the Surface 2, thanks to better hardware options and vastly improved software compitability.


Amazon isn’t setting a ship date for its Surface 3 preorders, which include 64GB and 128GB models. The Microsoft Store pegs the ship date at May 5th, though, and has four models up for preorder: the 2GB and 4GB units and similar versions with 4G LTE. It looks like shipping will be free with Prime membership from Amazon and free from Best Buy and the Microsoft Store, as well.