Surface Pro 3 Variants with Core i3 and i7 CPUs Now Available in U.S., Canada

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Renegade Knight

Excellent tablet. By excellent I mean best on the market. By best on the market, I mean windows tablets have a long way to go.

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Vesuvius

If Microsoft partnered with Att and offered built in Wifi like the smaller tablets such as nokia etc it would be Awesome. At the moment you have to carry around a wifi hotspot which is lame. Get this done Microsoft and you will own the tablet market

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LatiosXT

I really want Microsoft to give up the RT line and just make the regular Surface pack a lower DPI screen and the Atom processor.

Don't give customers a similar interface if they can't use it as such.

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Innomasta

You have no idea how many customer issues I have had where somebody buys a surface RT, thinks OH WINDOWS! Runs it out of return policy, then complains when it turns out it won't run their Quickbooks or some shit.

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Cyk0

Totally agree. With tablet PCs like the Asus T100T (which also includes Office Home and student) starting at $349, why even bother with RT at all?

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AFDozerman

How the hell does Intel get away with labeling a dual core an i7?

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Innomasta

Some laptop I7 variants were dual, as far as a couple years ago. Just sayin'.

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Cyk0

It's so you can get i7 core performance in a slim and power saving your package. They still haven't engineered a quad core yet that wouldn't suffer from heat and energy efficiency.

In any case think f those i7's as an over clocked i5 with hyper threading.

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LatiosXT

Technically they have, the Silvermont Atoms have quad core variants. But Atom was built from the ground up to be lower power consuming.

As for AFDozerman's comment, Intel could probably use a better marketing name for the ULV parts, but at the same time, what else would they call them? ULV parts are for a different product category altogether. I don't think it'd be fair to clump everything based on performance alone, especially if you're trying to maintain some kind of consistency.

Maybe they could call the mobile an i7M, the ULV parts an i7S or i7U or something.

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AFDozerman

Don't i5s at least have an l3, though? The i7 4650u is a dual core hyper threaded part with 4MB of l2 and a base frequency of 1.7 Ghz. That sounds like an i3 to me. The only "high performance" characteristic about it is that it can turbo up to 3.3 Ghz. Unfortunately, in a thermally constrained environment like this, I can't see that happening much.

The way I see it, this is almost as bad ass AMD calling the Kaveri a 12 core part.

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Arthur Dent

It's part of the ULV (ultra low voltage) range, which is separate from the standard Core processors.