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

Surface 2

Surface 2 picture

Surface 3

Surface 3 picture
Key Features
What's new
What's missing
Availability
IntroducedSeptember 23, 2013March 21, 2015
Pre-orderedSeptember 24, 2013March 21, 2015
ReleasedOctober 22, 2013May 5, 2015
PricingSurface 2 WiFi
• $449 - 2 GB | 32 GB
• $549 - 2 GB | 64 GB

Surface 2 4G LTE
• $679 - 2 GB | 64 GB
Surface 3 WiFi
• $499 - 2 GB | 64 GB
• $599 - 4 GB | 128 GB

Surface 3 4G LTE
• $599 - 2 GB | 64 GB
• $699 - 4 GB | 128 GB
Software
Pre-Installed OSWindows 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
Display
Size10.6 inches10.8 inches
Resolution1920 x 1080 (208 PPI), 2M Pixels1920 x 1280 (214 PPI), 2.4M Pixels
Technology• ClearType Full HD Display
• Aspect ratio: 16:9
• Touch: 5 point multi-touch
• ClearType Full HD Plus Display
• Aspect ratio: 3:2
• Touch: 10 point multi-touch
• Surface Pen support
Internal Specs
CPUNVIDIA Tegra 4 T40
4+1 cores, 2MB Cache, 1.90 GHz Single Core, 1.70 Quad-Core
Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8700
4 cores, 4 threads, 2MB, 1.60 GHz up to 2.40 GHz
GraphicsNVIDIA Graphics
72 graphic cores, 672 MHz
Intel® HD Graphics
Memory2 GB of RAM
2 GB 4 GB
1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Storage
32 GB 64 GB
Storage
64 GB128 GB
eMMC
Network• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
• Optional LTE
• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
• Optional LTE
Battery
Size31.5 Wh27.5 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 10 hours of local video playbackUp to 10 hours of local video playback
Power Supply24W power supply13W Micro USB power supply
Exterior
Dimensions10.81” x 6.79” x 0.35” (275 mm x 172 mm x 8.9 mm)10.52” x 7.36” x 0.34” (267 mm x 187 mm x 8.7 mm)
WeightTablet Only 1.15 lbs (522 g)
With Keyboard 1.7 lbs (771 g)
Tablet Only 1.37 lbs (621 g)
With Keyboard 1.95 lbs (884 g)
Casing• Magnesium
• Physical buttons: volumes, power
• Magnesium
• Kickstand with 3 positions
• Physical buttons: volumes, power
Colors
Silver
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad• Two-finger multitouch gesture trackpad
• Full-size mechanical backlit keyboard.
• Three-finger multitouch gesture trackpad
• Full-size mechanical backlit keyboard.
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)
Camera & Audio
Camera• 3.5MP front-facing camera
• 5.0MP 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
Misc
Sensors• Ambient light sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Magnetometer
• Ambient light sensor
• Proximity sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Magnetometer
• Digital compass
Surface PenNot Supported• Support Surface Pen
• N-trig Active Pen techonolgy
• 256 levels of pressure
Surface DialNot SupportedCompatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction
SecurityN/AN/A
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
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty