Surface 2 vs. Surface 3 – Full Specs Comparison

Here's what you need to know what's different between Surface 2 and Surface 3 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Surface 2 vs. Surface 3

Key Features
What's new
  • Better design It’s now thinner (8.9mm), lighter (522g), and new platinum magnesium exterior.
  • Better performance Better single-core and multi-core performance and much better graphics performance (72 graphics cores).
  • Better battery Up to 10 hours of video playback.
  • New kickstand Now in two angles, original 22-degree, and new 55-degree.
  • Better display Higher display resolution with Full HD (1920 x 1080) display.
  • Optional mobile broadband It comes with optional 4G LTE support.
  • More Full-size USB 3.0 port, 3.5MP front, and 5MP rear camera, new thinner backlit type cover.
  • New design It’s now thinner (8.7mm), new tablet-friendly 3:2 aspect-ratio form factor, and new Microsoft Logo on the kickstand.
  • Full Windows 8.1 You can run all your desktop apps and upgradable to Windows 10.
  • Better display New bigger and better 10.8” Full HD Plus display with 10 points multitouch.
  • Inking supports It now supports a new Surface Pen with 256 pressure sensitivity, tail eraser, and remote Bluetooth activation.
  • New CPU Architecture It’s now using the new quad-core Intel® Atom™ x7 processor for outstanding performance and long battery life.
  • New kickstand Now in three angles.
  • New Micro-USB port It can be charged with any mobile phone charger.
  • More Better 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera, new Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), and optional 4G LTE.
What's missing
  • Can't run desktop apps You can't run desktop apps (x86 or x64) on this device. The only way to get apps is through the Windows Store.
  • No Windows 10 The latest OS you can get is Windows RT 8.1 Update 3
  • Platinum color only No longer available in black color.
  • No magnet charging port replaced with the new Micro-USB port.
  • Slower Charging The new Micro-USB has a limited power delivery (13W) compared to its older propriety 24W charger.
AvailabilitySurface 2Surface 3
Released20132015
Release Info
  • Introduced: September 23, 2013
  • Pre-ordered: September 24, 2013
  • Released: October 22, 2013
  • Introduced: March 21, 2015
  • Pre-ordered: March 21, 2015
  • Released: May 5, 2015
PricingSurface 2 Wi-Fi
  • $449 - 2 GB | 32 GB
  • $549 - 2 GB | 64 GB
Surface 2 4G LTE
  • $679 - 2 GB | 64 GB
Surface 3 Wi-Fi
  • $499 - 2 GB | 64 GB
  • $599 - 4 GB | 128 GB
Surface 3 4G LTE
  • $599 - 2 GB | 64 GB
  • $699 - 4 GB | 128 GB
Surface 2 Price
New Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
New Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
By Microsoft
$509.00
Was: $549.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5" Touch Screen Tablet STQ-00001 8GB RAM 128GB SSD Solid State Drive Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y Bundle + Signature Type Cover Keyboard + Deco Gear Power Bank + Lexar 64GB Card
Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5" Touch Screen Tablet STQ-00001 8GB RAM 128GB SSD Solid State Drive Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y Bundle + Signature Type Cover Keyboard + Deco Gear Power Bank + Lexar 64GB Card
By Microsoft
$599.00
Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5 inches Touch-Screen Intel Pentium 4GB RAM, 64gb STV-00001 (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5 inches Touch-Screen Intel Pentium 4GB RAM, 64gb STV-00001 (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$359.98
Surface 3 Price
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara
By Microsoft
$799.99
Was: $999.00
Microsoft Surface 3 10.8" FHD (1920x1280) Touchscreen 2-in-1 Education and Business Laptop Tablet (Intel Quad-Core Atom x7-Z8700, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD) Mini DP, WiFi AC, Webcam, Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Surface 3 10.8" FHD (1920x1280) Touchscreen 2-in-1 Education and Business Laptop Tablet (Intel Quad-Core Atom x7-Z8700, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD) Mini DP, WiFi AC, Webcam, Windows 10 Pro
By Microsoft
$379.99
NEW Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - 1TB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
NEW Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - 1TB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
By Microsoft
$2,579.99
DisplaySurface 2Surface 3
Size10.6 Inches10.8 Inches
Info
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (2M Pixels)
  • Density: 208 PPI
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • ClearType Full HD Display
  • Touch: 5 points multi-touch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1280 (2.4M Pixels)
  • Density: 214 PPI
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Inking: supports Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
ExteriorSurface 2Surface 3
Size Comparison
Dimensions10.81” x 6.79” x 0.35” (275 mm x 172 mm x 8.9 mm)
Width: 10.81” (275 mm)
Height: 6.79” (172 mm)
Thickness: 0.35” (8.9 mm)
10.52” x 7.36” x 0.34” (267 mm x 187 mm x 8.7 mm)
Width: 10.52” (267 mm)
Height: 7.36” (187 mm)
Thickness: 0.34” (8.7 mm)
Weight
  • Surface 2: 1.15 lbs (522 g)
  • Surface 2 with Keyboard: 1.7 lbs (771 g)
  • Surface 3: 1.37 lbs (621 g)
  • Surface 3 with Keyboard: 1.95 lbs (884 g)
Colors
Silver
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Surface Type Cover
    • Not included
  • Keyboard:
    • Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys.
    • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12).
    • 4 directional keys; Windows and Media Controls Keys.
    • LED backlighting.
  • Trackpad:
    • Two-finger multitouch gesture trackpad.
  • Surface Type Cover
    • Not included
  • Keyboard:
    • Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys
    • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12)
    • 4 directional keys; Windows and Media Controls Keys;
    • LED backlighting
  • Trackpad:
    • Precision glass trackpad.
    • Supports up to three-finger multitouch gesture.
Ports
  • 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
  • 1 x microSD™ card reader
  • 1 x Surface Charging Port
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Cover port
  • 1 x Nano SIM card slot (Surface 2 with LTE only)
  • 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
  • 1 x microSD™ card reader
  • 1 x Micro USB charging port
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Cover port
  • 1 x Nano SIM card slot (Surface 3 with LTE only)
Internal SpecsSurface 2Surface 3
Processor
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40
    4 cores, 1.70 → 1.90 GHz, 2MB Cache,
  • Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8700
    4 cores, 4 threads, 1.60 → 2.40 GHz, 2MB Cache, 2W
Integrated Graphics
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40
    NVIDIA GeForce ULP graphics
    72 Graphics Cores, 672 MHz
  • Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8700
    Intel® HD Graphics
    16 Execution Units, 20 → 600 MHz
Memory2GB of RAM
2GB 4GB
1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM.
Storage
  • 32GB64GB
    eMMC
  • 64GB128GB
    eMMC
ConnectivitySurface 2Surface 3
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 4: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible.
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
Optional LTE
  • Nano SIM Tray
  • 2G GSM (Quadband: 850/900/1800/1900)
  • 3G UMTS (Bands 1, 2, 5)
  • 4G LTE (Bands 4, 7, 17)
Optional LTE
  • Nano SIM Tray
  • GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • GLONASS
BatterySurface 2Surface 3
Size31.5 Wh27.5 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 10 hours of video playbackUp to 10 hours of video playback
Power Supply
  • 24W proprietary power supply
  • 13W Micro USB power supply
SoftwareSurface 2Surface 3
OS
  • Windows RT 8.1
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Upgradable to Windows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT with Outlook1-Year Microsoft Office 365 Personal
Camera & AudioSurface 2Surface 3
Camera
  • 3.5MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
  • 3.5MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio
  • Dual microphones
  • Stereo speakers with digitally enhanced for fuller sound
  • Single microphone
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio enhanced sound
MiscSurface 2Surface 3
InkingSupports Surface Pen
256 levels of pressure
N-trig Active Pen technology
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Digital compass
In the box
  • Surface 2
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
  • Surface 3
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
More
  • Casing: Magnesium
  • Kickstand: 2 positions
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power
  • Casing: Magnesium
  • Kickstand: 3 positions
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power
Surface 2 Price
New Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
New Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
By Microsoft
$509.00
Was: $549.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5" Touch Screen Tablet STQ-00001 8GB RAM 128GB SSD Solid State Drive Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y Bundle + Signature Type Cover Keyboard + Deco Gear Power Bank + Lexar 64GB Card
Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5" Touch Screen Tablet STQ-00001 8GB RAM 128GB SSD Solid State Drive Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y Bundle + Signature Type Cover Keyboard + Deco Gear Power Bank + Lexar 64GB Card
By Microsoft
$599.00
Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5 inches Touch-Screen Intel Pentium 4GB RAM, 64gb STV-00001 (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5 inches Touch-Screen Intel Pentium 4GB RAM, 64gb STV-00001 (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$359.98
Surface 3 Price
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara
By Microsoft
$799.99
Was: $999.00
Microsoft Surface 3 10.8" FHD (1920x1280) Touchscreen 2-in-1 Education and Business Laptop Tablet (Intel Quad-Core Atom x7-Z8700, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD) Mini DP, WiFi AC, Webcam, Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Surface 3 10.8" FHD (1920x1280) Touchscreen 2-in-1 Education and Business Laptop Tablet (Intel Quad-Core Atom x7-Z8700, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD) Mini DP, WiFi AC, Webcam, Windows 10 Pro
By Microsoft
$379.99
NEW Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - 1TB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
NEW Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - 1TB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
By Microsoft
$2,579.99

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