Microsoft Surface 3 Microsoft released the Surface 3 in March of 2015, introducing into the Surface line a smaller and thinner tablet with a 10.8" screen. It retained the 3:2 aspect ratio of its larger siblings, and also was introduced with a smaller Type Cover accessory to be used as necessary for heavier data entry sessions. By using Intel® Atom™ processors, Microsoft noted the ability to run without needing a fan for cooling.
Said Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of the Surface 3, "When we developed Surface Pro 3, we set out to design the tablet that can truly replace your laptop – even your high-end laptop.".