Microsoft just announced a new model to the Surface Pro 3 family of devices. It is the Intel Core i7 with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Previously the i7 models were only available with either a 256GB or 512GB SSD.
Here’s what the modern Surface Pro 3 family looks like now:
|Intel Core i3||4GB RAM||64GB SSD|
|Intel Core i5||4GB RAM||128GB SSD|
|Intel Core i5||8GB RAM||256GB SSD|
|Intel Core i7||8GB RAM||128GB SSD|
|Intel Core i7||8GB RAM||256GB SSD|
|Intel Core i7||8GB RAM||512GB SSD|
And of course there’s the other branch of the family, the Surface 3, announced last month at Microsoft Ignite and currently available in four flavours including two new LTE models released this month:
|Intel Atom x7-Z8700||2GB RAM||64GB SSD||Yes|
|Intel Atom x7-Z8700||2GB RAM||64GB SSD||No|
|Intel Atom x7-Z8700||4GB RAM||128GB SSD||Yes|
|Intel Atom x7-Z8700||4GB RAM||128GB SSD||No|
This generation of the Surface family tree is growing quickly. I guess success breeds new devices.
So who do the new devices appeal to? Sales figures will ultimately determine that but my guess is that the new i7 is targeted at somebody that prioritizes price and performance over storage (remember that the SP3 has a SD slot and has a USB3 port). If most of your data is stored on a corporate network, OneDrive or some other location, this may be a reasonable compromise.
The LTE devices are targeted at vertical applications that require constant connectivity (think jobsite) or the user that doesn’t want to tether to a mobile phone (for any number of reasons, data plan, battery, etc.).
Let me know the use cases that you think these devices would be good for and I will discuss them on an upcoming episode of the Surface Smiths Podcast.