It seems companies got really product happy today as Microsoft, Google and ASUS bring on their new computers. Will you be getting one of these?
Microsoft Surface 3 ditches Windows RT!
Microsoft is taking the stage once again, and this time their Surface tablet is better than ever. We are talking about the Microsoft Surface 3, and as rumors suggested, it comes without the dragging weight other non-Pro Surfaces used to have. This one happens to be running full Windows 8.1, as opposed to Windows RT.
Let’s see what this new tablet will offer, though. The Surface 3 comes with a 10.8-inch 1920x1280p display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2-4 GB of RAM, 64-128 GB of internal storage and 8/3.5 MP cameras. Microsoft is not giving us an exact battery size yet, but they claim 10 hours of video playback, which is definitely not bad.
The tablet starts at $499 and you can pre-order it today. It will start shipping on May 5th in the US and Canada, while the rest of the world will get it on May 7th.
Opinion: I must say I am considering getting one of these for my blogging trips. It should be able to take care of most tasks, except heavy video editing. And now that Windows RT is out of the way, you got nothing to lose here.
Google has announced a couple ASUS products today, oh which one really called our attention. They call it the ASUS Chromebit and it promises the full ChromeOS experience in a tiny HDMI dongle you can carry around in your pocket. All you would need to do is plug it into any monitor or TV!
I assume the device will have support for wireless peripherals, likely via bluetooth. More details will come before its launch, this summer.
Opinion: Now, if this dongle had Chromecast functionality, as well, it would be a definite winner.
Now, that was not the only thing Google and ASUS had for you today. They also announced a brand new Chromebook. One that is actually quite unique, I might add. They call it the ASUS Chromebook Flip, and it does exactly what the name entails – flip around.
It’s a similar design to what we have seen coming from Lenovo’s Yoga line-up. The computer has a metal body and actually looks pretty cool. It features a smaller 10.1-inch display, but not many other details have been unveiled. We do know it will cost $250 and will be launching this Spring.
Opinion: If I was to get a new Chromebook, it would certainly be this one, guys. It really has no direct competition at this point.