Surface 3 Discussion Thread

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  1. li2le

    li2le Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    If you control for the features missing from the Atom, the Cherry Trail does quite well. The Multicore score is impressive. But, yea, the I-Core Y is the better chip. That is generally how I read that original comparison.

    Still, the Cherry Trail looks promising. I like that MS put the most powerful Atom it could get in the S3. I'm looking forward to getting it.

    BTW, has anyone been able to order a S3 with W 8.1 Pro? Another thing I noticed was that the S3 had Drawboard and a bunch of other Metro apps on it. Seems like a bunch of stuff to erase.

    Anybody see this?

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    Is this how we're supposto store our pens? Won't it scratch the display? Is that magnetic there?
     
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    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<... Is that magnetic there?..>>

    ...No; the pen simply clips onto the segmented area of the Type Cover where it flexes. There is a shallow groove or depression there that sort of "cradles" the length of the pen.

    <<... Won't it scratch the display?..>>

    ...Yeah, it could. Why do you think you spent the money for that fancy anti-glare screen protector?

    <<...Is this how we're supposto store our pens?..>>

    ...I think this is Microsoft's suggestion. But frankly, I prefer the pocket of my shirt...
     
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    bloodycape confused Senior Member

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    Is it i really using the most powerful Atom option? I thought that would be the Celeron and Pentium labeled Cherry Trail Atoms(unless the Cherry Trail models don't offer connected standby either).
     
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    I want the 128gb with 4GB, but by the time you add the pen and keyboard it is too expensive.
     
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    The S3 screen has 17% more screen area than the ThinkPad 10.
     
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    I expect the Core M to out perform the Cherry Trail -just not by too much; not particularly noticeable for my intended usage.
    What I do expect, in return for the performance sacrifice, aside from the lower cost, is battery life.

    However, I do worry, a little.
    The battery life claim by MS is only 10hrs.
    In contrast the SP3 is stated as a 9hrs battery life.
    That's just one hour difference.
    The SP9 doesn't really do 9hrs.
    From what I've read, the SP9 real-life battery life averages about 5.5 hrs.

    Based on that, I guess the Surface 3 will actually yield 6.5, maybe 7 hrs of real world use between charges.
    If that's true, I am not entirely convinced that a Core M, would fair very much worse.

    Perhaps the surface 4 will be using either this or the next iteration of Core M; whilst the SP4 will style the next-gen Core i.
    (My point here being that I doubt SP4 will be Core M; and it will likely be a while before Surface 4 or an SP with a processor to rival the Cherry Trail's battery life is released by MS;
    thus the Surface 3 with its x7 z8700 is the best all around compromise, for those of us willing to sacrifice a little performance in exchange for battery -for at least another year).
     
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    the S3 is ~23% larger.
     
  10. Mesosphere

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    "Real life" is very much relative. My real life on my 4300U varies from about 3 to 9 hours depending on what I'm doing (system load), and where I'm doing it (screen brightness).
     
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