Microsoft will ship Surface Pro 3 i7 and i3 models a month earlier than expected

When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, it said that the Core i5 version would be available on June 20th and the i3 and i7 variants would be shipping at the end of August. Well, if you pre-ordered either the i3 or i7 models, there is good news for you today as Microsoft is moving up the ship date.

Microsoft has revised its shipping date for the i3 and i7 models to August 1st, a full month ahead of schedule. For anyone who placed an order for these devices, your ship date will automatically be moved up to the new date, which should delight these consumers.

Microsoft is offering a diverse set of specs across its Pro 3 range, from an i3 with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for $799, to an i7 with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for $1949. It should be noted that both of these SKUs do not come with the Type Cover 3 for $129.99, and we highly recommend that you purchase this accessory too.

Of course, if you don't want to wait for the i3 and i7 models, the i5 model is now on sale as well. That device comes in two iterations, one that costs $999 and comes with 128 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM and the other model costs $1299 and comes with 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM.

If you are still on the fence about the Pro 3, you should check out our full review, here, as it covers every aspect of the new device.

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Remember, it also doesn't come with Office, and you should get the 2-year Complete warranty. Might as well get the $300 bundle that includes the keyboard, Office, Complete, and a sleeve case.

I'm wondering if its worth going for i7 or if i5 will be a better balance of power vs battery drain? It's visual studio work that tempts me to the i7.

I've been using the first-gen Pro for Visual Studio work, and I've yet to complain about performance :)

My i5 Pro 3 is out for delivery as well!

I used Visual Studio on my i5 Surface Pro 2, and it did quite nicely. It was actually faster than my i7 desktop at compiling (probably the SSD).

The only downside was the screen size was just too small for extended work without a secondary monitor. The Surface Pro 3 seems like it might help with that. The size and shape of the screen make it feel a lot bigger than it is on paper. I ended up buying a new 17" laptop so my old eyes could actually see the screen without too much effort. I wouldn't mind the Surface Pro 3 i3 as a basic computer and awesome note taker, but I'm so vested in the 2 that it just wouldn't make financial sense (dock, power cover, backlit cover)

Just be sure to get a version with 8GB of RAM.

Microsoft claims that the battery life of the i7 will be "comparable" to the i5 version.

The main win with the i7 version is the better integrated graphics, for driving all those high resolution pixels. If you're doing photoshop stuff, it might be worth waiting for.

For regular development, I'm not sure it'll be worth the expense unless you REALLY need the extra storage (I'm going to be shoving a 128GB microSD into my i5 device, so I should have plenty of storage, personally)

Mean while, I will be picking up a $300 HP with Windows 8 Single Language this week and I will still be able to make the same comments I do on Neowin and type the same Word documents and listen the same iTunes.

Yep seems like its just good news for the us, while the rest of the world languishes under the weight of that obsolete black brick that is the sp2.

Osiris said,
Yep seems like its just good news for the us, while the rest of the world languishes under the weight of that obsolete black brick that is the sp2.

How is it obsolete when it has the same specifications (in general) as the Surface Pro 3?

Osiris said,
Yep seems like its just good news for the us, while the rest of the world languishes under the weight of that obsolete black brick that is the sp2.

Funny...I have to agree....

No chance in delivery for all the Surface Pro 3 models in the Netherlands. They are expected to ship on 31th of August.

Well that's good news, hope it doesn't change back and that they can keep up with demand this time around. Third times a charm?