Microsoft will sell a unique version of its upcoming 10.6-inch Surface 3 tablet just for schools. This version will only have 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, which should make it more affordable for educational institutions. In addition, Microsoft is extending its 10% school discount to include the Surface 3, along with its Type Cover and the Surface Pen.
The $499 version of the Surface 3 that will be avaiable to the general public is the one with the lowest hardware specs with 64GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. Microsoft did not state what the price will be for the 32GB version of the tablet.
While the Surface 3 officially goes on sale May 5, Microsoft has allowed some schools to get early access to the tablets, including the Sarasota County School District in Florida and Wymondham High Academy in the UK. The company adds:
We have worked with leading accessory manufacturers to create solutions that help protect Surface tablets against accidental damage and help to keep Type Covers and Surface Pens readily accessible for student use. We have a full range of accessories that are proving popular with schools that have selected Surface as their student and faculty device – including rugged and protective cases from Incipio, M-edge, STM and UAG; charging/securing/storing carts from Anthro, and pen storage solutions from Cleanstylus.
Stay tuned as we will be posting our full and detailed review of the Surface 3 very soon.