Microsoft has officially introduced the Surface 3 tablet, and while it isn’t a “Surface Pro” by any means, it’s a definite shot at Apple whose iPad sales continue to deteriorate. Over the course of the last several years, Apple has seen their iPad sales continue to fall and deteriorate – even as the company tries to do more with their devices. The truth might be that the iPad is perhaps, the only device in the Apple lineup that has suffered from being “overpriced.”

The Microsoft Surface 3 is a tablet that is meant to serve as a “middle of the road” option, for tablet users who are looking for a light functioning day-to-day laptop, as well. The 10.8-inch tablet, which can easily be toggled into a laptop with a keyboard – boasts an Intel Atom x7 processor, which was only introduced by Intel a month ago. While that isn’t the fastest processor on the market – it is significant in that it completely ends Windows RT as a member of the Windows family.

Surface 3 and Surface 3 Docking Station

This device runs full Windows 8.1 and will run Windows 10 when the time comes, and the company unleashes it on the market this summer or fall. The Surface 3 features an 8MP rear-facing camera, and a 3.5MP front-facing camera – which will be perfectly good for video chats and light work as far as that goes. Perhaps most impressively, the size of the device is what is stealing the show right now.

It’ll come with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, and those two options will be very good for what the Surface 3 will need to accomplish. Again, this device isn’t going to be a Surface Pro killer, by any means. It’ll perform though, just as well as an iPad Air 2, or the latest iPad mini, and for what users will get out of it – the Windows version is simply a better option.

As we pointed out though the size of the device is really what has people buzzing. The Surface 3 is being billed as the slimmest tablet that has ever been released by Microsoft. It measures in at 8.7mm thick. The device will start at $499, and while that might seem pricey, this is the equivalent of a well-built day-to-day laptop or 2-in-1. Preorders started today, and the device will be available on May 5th.