Microsoft Surface 3 unleashed in Australia

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Microsoft Surface 3 unleashed in Australia

Microsoft's new tablet Surface 3 has been released today in Australia.

The device starts at $699 for 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, with the price climbing to $839 for 128GB storage and 4GB RAM. Accessories such as keyboard and pen are sold separately.

Microsoft announced that the Surface 3 is available through its own online Microsoft Store, retailers JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman, and "commercial resellers".

The quad-core Intel Atom tablet runs the full 64-bit Windows 8.1, with Microsoft offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 later in the year.

[Related: A close look at the new Surface 3]

The vendor announced back in March that the Surface 3 would include a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal – that includes full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote – as well as 1TB on OneDrive.

A 4G LTE version is not yet available but expected later this year.

Microsoft has 15 approved Surface commercial resellers in Australia, currently including Southern Cross Computer Systems, ASI Solutions, Brennan IT, Ensyst, Data#3, Staples, Insight, Datacom, Dimension Data, Trident, Learning with Technology, Triforce, Somerville Group, CompNow and Ethan Group.

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