Microsoft Surface, er surfaces

Software giant Microsoft announced its Surface 3 PC today, with the firm taking pre-orders for units from today.

The company said the Surface 3 is thinner, lighter and cheaper.

The Surface 3 will also offer 4G LTE for better mobility and the unit costs £420 – that’s cheaper, but it’s not exactly a rock bottom price.

The machine uses a quad core Intel Atom x7 microprocessor, and Microsoft claims it has a battery life of up to 10 hours.

You can choose different storage and memory specs, and the machine includes a 10.8 inch ClearType HD multitouch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, stereo Dolby speakers and a magnesium case.

Oh, and you can get Windows 10 for free when it’s released – the Surface 3 comes with the 8.1 version of Microsoft’s operating system. The price also includes a one year subscription of Microsoft Office 365, and the company is aiming the machine at the education market as well as businesses.

Prada, BASF and Emirates are early adopters of the Surface 3.

The machines will start selling on May 7th through shops including PC World, John Lewis, Argos, Staples and Littlewoods.