In order for this to happen, though, the Surface Pro 3 has to be good first as a tablet. Let’s see how it fares against its most obvious competitors: the 9.7-inch Apple iPad Air and the 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
In terms of specs, the Surface Pro 3 is truly outstanding - it ships with a 4th generation (Haswell) Intel Core chip with the performance of a full-blown laptop. Even the basic model ships with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, and the highest-end model reaching a configuration with a blazing-fast Core i7, 8 gigs of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. Here are all the models of the Pro 3 that you'd be able to get:
- 4th gen Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM - $799
- 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM - $999
- 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM - $1,299
- 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM - $1,549
- 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM - $1,949
Put simply, even the most affordable Pro 3 is much more powerful than the iPad Air and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, but hey, we should not forget how much more expensive even that 'affordable' model is compared to those tablets. Right below we compare the Core i7 Surface Pro 3 with the Note Pro 12.2 and iPad Air in greater detail, take a look at the huge difference. Have specs convinced you to order a Surface Pro 3? Let us know what you think about it in the comment section below.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 vs Apple iPad Air
|OS||Windows (8.1 Pro)||Android (5.0, 4.4)||iOS (9.x, 8.x, 7.x)|
|Dimensions||11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches (292 x 201 x 9 mm)||11.64 x 8.03 x 0.31 inches (295.6 x 204 x 7.95 mm)||9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)|
|Weight||28.16 oz (798 g)|
the average is 19.5 oz (558 g)
|26.56 oz (753 g)|
the average is 19.5 oz (558 g)
| 16.86 oz (478 g)|
the average is 19.5 oz (558 g)
|Materials||Main body: metal||Main body: aluminum|
|Physical size||12.0 inches||12.2 inches||9.7 inches|
|Resolution||2160 x 1440 pixels||2560 x 1600 pixels||2048 x 1536 pixels|
Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.
|216 ppi||247 ppi||264 ppi|
Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.
|IPS LCD||Super Clear LCD||IPS LCD|
|Screen-to-body ratio||72.88 %||71.57 %||71.65 %|
|Colors||16 777 216||16 777 216|
|Camera||5 megapixels||8 megapixels||5 megapixels|
Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.
|Focal length (35mm equivalent)||33 mm|
|Hardware Features||Autofocus||Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)|
|Software Features||Digital zoom, Geo tagging||Face detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo tagging|
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)|
|Recording format||H.264, MOV|
|Features||Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling|
|Front-facing camera||5 megapixels||2 megapixels||1.2 megapixels|
|Video capture||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)|
System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.
|Intel Core i7||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800||Apple A7|
Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.
|Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400||Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit|
|Graphics processor||Intel HD Graphics||Adreno 330||PowerVR G6430|
System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.
|GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3||3 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3||1 GB RAM / LPDDR3|
|Built-in storage||512 GB||64 GB||128 GB|
|Storage expansion||microSD, microSDHC||microSD, microSDHC|
|Capacity||9500 mAh||8820 mAh|
|Type||Li - Polymer|
|Music playback||131.00 hours|
|Video playback||11.00 hours|
CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.
|800, 1900 MHz|
|GSM||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|UMTS||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|FDD LTE||700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 800 (band 19), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 850 (band 26), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 1900 (band 25), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz|
|Data||LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, UMTS||LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS|
|MSRP price||$ 1949||$ 929|