Microsoft unveiled the Surface 3 Windows tablet back in March 2015. Here's everything you need to know about the Surface 3 UK release date, price and specs. Also see: Best Windows tablets 2015.

Microsoft Surface 3 UK release date: When is the new Surface 3 coming out?

The Surface 3 is available to buy right now. You can order it direct from Microsoft. or you can buy it from other retailers including John Lewis, PC World Currys and Staples. You can watch or read our full review of the Surface 3, too.

Currently you have a choice of two Wi-Fi-only models, while their 4G variants (which were due to ship on 26 June) have been delayed by a few weeks and should be in shops by the end of July 2015, according to Windows Central.

The Surface tablet is available in the UK, US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. (See all tablet reviews.)

Microsoft Surface 3 UK price: How much does the new Surface 3 cost?

The Surface 3 starts at £419 inc VAT. This entry-level model has 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM; a version with 128GB of storage costs £499. By comparison, the Surface Pro 3, reviewed, starts at £639. 

Versions of both the 64- and 128GB Surface 3s with 4G connectivity will also be available, but pricing has not yet been announced for these. 

Surface 3 vs Surface Pro 3: What's the difference?

We've compared the Surface 3 with the Pro 3 in detail. But if you don't have time to read that, here's a brief summary.

Given the £210 difference in price between the entry-level Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3, naturally some compromises to have been made. An obvious difference between the two is the software they run: while both will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 this summer, the Surface 3 runs Windows 8.1 while the Surface Pro 3 features Windows 8.1 Pro. The newer tablet also gets a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.

There are some key differences in hardware, too. While the Pro tablet takes a fourth-gen Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 chip, the new Surface 3 features a quad-core Intel Atom. It also has a smaller, lower-resolution screen, 10.8in and 1920x1280 against the Pro's 12in 2160x1440 panel. Unsurprisingly, then, there is also a difference in weight - 622g for the Surface 3 against 800g for the Surface Pro 3.

Surface 3 vs Surface Pro 3: What's the difference?

Both screen and processor have an effect on battery life, with Microsoft promising up to 10 hours for its new tablet, but just nine for the Surface Pro 3. The Surface 3 comes with a 13W power supply that works only with the Surface 3, but it also features a Micro-USB charging port that will work with your phone or tablet charger or a power bank.

Other connections are the same, with both Surface tablets featuring a USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, a microSD card reader, a headset jack and a cover port.

Lastly, the Surface 3's kickstand can be adjusted into just three positions, while the Pro's kickstand can sit at any angle you like.

Microsoft Surface 3 specification

• Windows 8.1 (free upgrade to Windows 10)
• One-year Office 365 Personal subscription
• Intel Atom x7-Z8700 quad-core processor
• 10.8in (1920x1280, 3:2) ClearType display, 10-point multitouch
• 64/128GB storage, plus support for microSD up to 128GB
• 2/4GB RAM
• 1x USB 3.0, 1x Micro-USB, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x headset jack, 1x cover port
• 8Mp rear camera; 3.5Mp front camera
• Stereo speakers with Dolby audio
• Three-position kickstand
• 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth 4.0
• 4G connectivity optional
• 10 hours claimed battery life
• 267 x 187 x 8.7 mm
• 622g
• One-year limited hardware warranty
• Type cover and Surface Pen sold separately

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