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Surface 3 Hands On & First Impressions

Surface 3

My Surface 3 4GB ram / 128GB eMMC model arrived today, unfortunately missing the keyboard I ordered (Stock issues apparently) I will predominately review mainly Chinese tablets here on Tech Tablets. But since this is the first new gen Atom Cherry Trail X7 Z8700 I thought it would be a good base point for the Chinese X5/X7 Atom Z8000 series tablets that should becoming later in the year. No Chinese MFG has announced any Atom X5 or X7 tablets yet, but I think they will soon.

The Surface 3 will be the Atom tablet for the Chinese to beat, so I will be using the benchmark data from the Surface 3 as a reference point for the next gen Chinese Cherry Trails.

So far my impressions of the Surface 3 are:

  • Disappointing eMMC speeds, I’ve seen faster on the Chinese ones reviewed.
  • The Intel Atom X7 Z8700 is no faster CPU wise than the Z3775 & Z3795 (More on this later)
  • The Intel HD Gen 8 GPU is a step up over the Bay Trails as expected.
  • Same top of the line build quality as the Surface 3 Pro
  • Disappointing battery life, It had 63% and after installing a few games dropped very quickly to 22% (More testing required)
  • Micro usb port can be used as a USB 2 port with an adaptor, so it’s not just for charging! Why the hell did the topic so called review sites never test or cover this?
  • Microsd card slot is usb 2 speed limited. Unlike the Surface 3 pro’s slot.
  • The Surface 3’s microusb port can power a 2.5″ hard drive.


Videos and more info to follow on the Surface. Also a Z3775D Vs Z8700 test. PiPo W3 vs Surface 3.

Video tech reviewer and tech blogger. I have a huge interest in the latest tech, tablets, laptops, mobiles, drones, and even e-scooters. Active in the tech community since 2008 days of the Omnia i900 Windows phone., founder from way back.


  1. Spec wise it’s a major step up from the first 2 models that came out with W RT, build quality is always top notch with MS products but the price is a little high for what you get.
    I just picked up a brand new Dell venue 11 pro 7140 for the same price as the Surface 3, yes storage is only 64GB but I added a SAMSUNG PRO 64 GB SD card for $30 and use a MY DIGITAL OTG SSD that has 512GB of storage that works great.
    The Dell even came with a type cover which actually works pretty good.
    Can’t wait for your review Chris, keep up the great work!

    • Hi Jack, the Dell venue 11 pro 7140 is my first choice. It’s a super versatile tablet. Great build and really for the price is very decent as you get a Core M and 4GB – 8GB of ram. I love it’s dock station solution from Dell, just place it in. The mobile keyboard with the battery, boosts your battery life by a good 30-40% and turns it into an ultrabook. Wise decision getting the Venue. I think the Core M is an excellent ultra low voltage CPU and wise the Surface 3 had it.

      So far the Surface 3 is good, bit faster than I thought, I’m sure it’s more due to the 4GB Vs 2GB on the normal Atom tablets out there. I’ve a few more tablets inbound and just got the Remix which is a very cool Android Surface type tablet.

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