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Microsoft's budget tablet FINALLY has real Windows

Microsoft's budget tablet FINALLY has real Windows
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What's the difference between a tablet and a mini-laptop? These days, it seems not all that much. That's why Windows fans have asked again and again for Microsoft's line of Surface tablets to use Windows 8.1, the same operating system that Windows laptop and desktop computers use.

Finally, Microsoft has answered the call. Microsoft announced that the Surface 3 — the thinnest and lightest version yet — will come packed with Windows 8.1. And with a $500 price tag, it's comparatively cheaper than many other upscale tablets on the market.

The higher-end Surface Pro 3 costs $800, which is a pretty big jump. The only difference between the $500 and $800 variants is processing power and screen size real-estate. The Pro 3 has a 12.1-inch screen, while the budget-minded Surface 3 only has a 10.8-inch screen.

If you're looking for a tablet that can run Windows 8.1 (and Windows 10 when it's released later this year) and is compact enough to easily fit in a purse or similar space, then the Surface 3 looks like a great option.

Microsoft boasts that the Surface 3 tablet will get up to 10 hours of battery life. Which (who would have guessed) is the same amount of time the Apple MacBook has.

For a full list of tablets, you should check out my helpful comparison charts:

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