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Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2 vs Surface Pro: specs comparison

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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has just been announced, and it marks yet another step forward for the company's tablet line. Naturally, the Surface Pro 3 improves upon the characteristics of its predecessors in every way - from the design, through the internals, to the screen and input methods. The Surface Pro 3 is yet another beautiful tablet by Microsoft, but it looks like with that third installment in the series, the company from Redmond is aiming higher than ever - the Pro 3 is a tablet designed to make the laptop obsolete - once and for all.

While that surely sounds like a rather imposing goal, we wouldn't really be so fast to jump to any conclusions. Yes, it's a beautiful tablet; yes, it's powerful; yes, it's lighter than a laptop, but will it blend? No, no, no, that's totally not the point of this article - please, don't get us wrong. The point is... while the Surface Pro 3 would definitely blend, it's so big that it will probably never fit inside that blender! And there we go, talking about blenders again... OK, this obviously isn't going to get any better, so let's just get right to the action, shall we?

Ahem, ladies and gents, please enjoy our specs comparison featuring the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro!

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Microsoft Surface Pro

OSWindows (8.1 Pro)Windows (8.1 Pro)Windows (8 Pro)
Dimensions11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches (292 x 201 x 9 mm)10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches (275 x 173 x 13 mm)10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches (275 x 173 x 13 mm)
Weight28.16 oz (798 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
31.99 oz (907 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
32.00 oz (907 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
MaterialsMain body: Metal  
Physical size12.0 inches10.6 inches10.6 inches
Resolution2160 x 1440 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density

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 ppi208 ppi208 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.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

72.88 %65.22 %65.22 %
Camera5 megapixelsYes1 megapixel
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1280x720 (720p HD) (29 fps)
Front-facing camera5 megapixelsYesYes
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1280x720 (720p HD)1280x720 (720p HD)
System chip

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  

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.

 Dual-core, 1600 MHz, Intel Core i5 4200U, 64-bitDual-core, 1700 MHz, Intel Core i5-3317U
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Intel HD GraphicsIntel HD 4400Intel HD Graphics 4000
System memory

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.

8 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3 GB RAM (Dual-channel)
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

512 GB64 GB64 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Screen mirroringMini DisplayportTV-outTV-out
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 1949$ 899$ 899

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posted on 20 May 2014, 12:02 3

1. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

Sounds like a specs beast for a tablet. But why not just spend that money on a good ultrabook?

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:19 2

2. erikiksaz (Posts: 170; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)

Because this thing is 9mm thick. It is essentially a laptop AND tablet depending if you use the type pad.

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:50

4. sgodsell (Posts: 4897; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I wonder what battery life will be like. There is no mention of the battery life. I know the new haswells are suppose to get better battery life, but this is a i7. I am really curious.

posted on 20 May 2014, 13:09 1

5. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

They said it would be around 20% better than in the SP2

posted on 22 May 2014, 11:55

14. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

The battery life according to Microsoft is supposedly 9 hours

posted on 20 May 2014, 16:42 2

7. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)

$2000 for intel core i7 worth it? You can get almost 3 ultrabook laptops EACH with i7 for the same price. Price plays a huge factor on a success on a product. Even the poll on phonearena reflects it.

posted on 22 May 2014, 11:59

15. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

Really? I would like to see a High-Resolution touch screen ultrabook, with 512 GB of SSD drive, 8 GB of RAM, a 4th gen i7 Intel processor a 9 hour battery life, a weight of 1.5lbs and two 5mp cameras... all for under $666.67.

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:24 3

3. drazwy (Posts: 234; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

it basically is an ultrabook only thinner, lighter, more portable, and better specced than the curren tcrop of Ultrabooks. Granted, you are going to pay for that premium.

posted on 20 May 2014, 14:08

6. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

The premium's not that bad, the $999 Pro 3 has the same specs as other $999 ultrabooks. So the Pro 3 would only be $100-150 more expensive assuming you buy the Pro 3's laptop/keyboard dock

posted on 20 May 2014, 17:37

8. ausnote2 (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

this design is a failure so why are they continuing with it. It is more of a tablet and people starting to realize tablets are media content consumption not business and hence tablets are dropping in marketshare overall.
oh well DOA again but the spec is a beast.

A phablet plus a decent laptop/hybrid is all you need.

posted on 20 May 2014, 19:10

9. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

I do not understand why the Core i5 Surface Pro 3 was not compared here...

This is lazy, clumsy, or clueless analysis.

posted on 21 May 2014, 02:28

10. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

Since when does the Surface Pro 3 not support microSDXC or since when does the Surface Pro 2 have Intel HD 4400 GPU and the Pro 3 only Intel HD graphics? sloppy work by PA as usual when it comes to WP/Windows or Nokia!

posted on 21 May 2014, 02:43 1

11. android_hitman (unregistered)

how shiiit is this PA, omg!! they put the most expensive surface 3 on the chart .. jezuz

posted on 21 May 2014, 07:58 1

12. Fellwalker (Posts: 400; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)

Comparison tables should compare like with like. So i7 with 512GB does NOT compare with i5/64GB. Doh!

posted on 21 May 2014, 19:05

13. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

See comment # 9.

They love comparing apples with oranges.

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