Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2: specs comparison

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2: specs comparison
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has just gone official and it is one of the largest tablets out there with a massive, 12-inch display. However, Microsoft aims for the Surface Pro 3 to be much more than a regular tablet - it wants customers to use this as the one cross-over device that would come in lieu of using both a laptop and a tablet.

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.

Display

Size

9.7 inches
12.2 inches
12.0 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
Super Clear LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

71.65 %
71.57 %
72.88 %

Features

Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Ambient light sensor
Ambient light sensor

Hardware

System chip

Apple A7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Intel Core i7

Processor

Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
 

GPU

PowerVR G6430
Adreno 330
Intel HD

RAM

1GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3
8GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

128GB
64GB
512GB

OS

iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4)
Windows (8.1 Pro)

Battery

Capacity

8820 mAh
9500 mAh
 

Music playback

 
131.00 hours
 

Video playback

 
11.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus)
5 MP

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
 
 

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Recording format

H.264, MOV
 
 

Features

Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
 
 

Front

1.2 MP
2 MP
5 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)
11.64 x 8.03 x 0.31 inches (295.6 x 204 x 7.95 mm)
11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches (292 x 201 x 9 mm)

Weight

16.86 oz (478.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
26.56 oz (753.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
28.16 oz (798.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
 
Back: Metal

Features

 
Stylus
Stylus

Buyers information

Price

$ 929
 
$ 1949

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Surface Pro 3
  • OS Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Display 12.0 inches 1440 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Intel Core i7 8GB RAM
  • Storage 512GB, microSDHC
Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
  • Display 12.2 inches 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 9500 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
iPad Air

PhoneArena Score:

9.2

User Score:

8.2
  • Display 9.7 inches 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 8820 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x

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