Dallas — Microsoft’s Surface 3 will be available with cellular LTE data for the first time with a Friday launch by AT&T.
Consumers will be able to purchase the LTE-equipped Surface 3 for $0 down and $30/month for 20 months. The tablet will also be available with a two-year contract at $499. The up-front purchase price without a contract is $599.
A commercial version of the Surface 3 will be available to business customers in the coming weeks.
The Wi-Fi version of the Surface 3 launched in May at $499, or almost a year after the launch of the largest Surface Pro 3.
The Surface 3 features 10.8-inch screen, compared with the Pro’s 12 inches, and comes with a quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor, integrated three-position kickstand, 64GB storage, 128GB MicroSD card slot, front-facing 3.5-megapixel camera, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, USB 3.0 and 10-hour battery life. It runs full 64-bit Windows 8.1 and is upgradable to Windows 10 for free.
The Surface 3 also comes with one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, including full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage.
The Surface Pen and click-in Type Cover keyboard are optional.
Last year, an AT&T LTE-equipped version of the Surface 2 became available through Microsoft retail stores, MicrosoftStore.com, BestBuy.com, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, and U.S. commercial resellers.