So just what is the difference between the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and the previous model? One of the main differences is with the screen size. The newer machine offers a 12 inch display, up from the 10.6 inch display on the Surface Pro 2. The Intel Core i5 on the latter is replaced with the Intel Core i7 on the newer tablet.
Microsoft doesn't want to write off a whole slew of unsold Surface Pro 2 slates, so the price cut is being done to keep inventories of the slate moving. Last year, the company ended up having to write off nearly $1 billion of unsold Microsoft Surface RT tablets that were collecting dust in the warehouse.