Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 Detailed Spec Comparison

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop is the first real laptop with a simple stylish clamshell yet powerful with multiple colors. Is Surface Laptop worth upgrading from Surface Pro 3? Let's find out here.

Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3

A new member of the Surface family, the Surface Laptop, finally arrived with the new real stylish design laptop. It’s now has a simple clamshell design with undetachable keyboard and trackpad. So it is quite different from its cousins, either Surface Pro and Surface Book series. Now there are four Surface series in the Surface family, the Surface, Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Laptop for consumers to choose from.

If you are still using an older version of the Surface Pro 3 and looking for a worthy upgrade, the Surface Laptop seems to be a nice choice for you. Here is the quick specs comparison between Surface Laptop and Surface Pro 3.

  1. Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Overall Specs Comparison
  2. Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Processor Comparison
  3. Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Graphics Comparison

1 Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Overall Specs Comparison

Key Features
What's new
  • New Design It’s now thinner (9.1mm), lighter (800g), and new platinum magnesium exterior.
  • Better display New 3:2 aspect ratio, bigger and better 2K 12” ClearType pixel-free display.
  • Better performance It’s now 10% faster than Surface Pro 2 with the new range of 4th Gen Intel processors up to Core i7.
  • New Inking Supports It now supports a new Surface Pen with 256 pressure sensitivity, tail eraser, and remote Bluetooth activation.
  • Better Battery It has 20% more battery life than Surface Pro 2 up to 9 hours.
  • More Better 5.0MP front and rear-facing camera, new Surface Connect Port (charging and docking), new type cover with two typing angles.
What's missingReplace old charging connector with new Surface Connect port
AvailabilitySurface LaptopSurface Pro 3
Released20172014
Release Info
  • Introduced: May 2, 2017
  • Pre-ordered: May 2, 2017
  • Released: June 15, 2017
  • Introduced: May 20, 2014
  • Pre-ordered: May 20, 2014
  • Released: June 20, 2014
Pricing
Platinum
  • $799 - M3 | 4GB | 128GB
  • $999 - i5 | 4GB | 128GB
  • $1,299 - i5 | 8GB | 256GB
    Graphite Gold Burgundy Cobalt Blue
  • $1,599 - i7 | 8GB | 256GB
  • $2,199 - i7 | 16GB | 512GB
  • $2,699 - i7 | 16GB | 1TB
Starting at 799$
Surface Laptop Price
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 (13.5" Touchscreen - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD) - Black (Renewed Premium)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 (13.5" Touchscreen - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD) - Black (Renewed Premium)
By Microsoft
$509.00
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13.5” Touch-Screen – AMD Ryzen 5 Surface Edition - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive  - Platinum
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13.5” Touch-Screen – AMD Ryzen 5 Surface Edition - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive  - Platinum
By Microsoft
$799.99
Was: $999.99
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13.5" Touch Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB - 512GB with Windows 11 (Latest Model) - Black
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13.5" Touch Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB - 512GB with Windows 11 (Latest Model) - Black
By Microsoft
$1,399.99
Was: $1,699.99
Surface Pro 3 Price
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 (Renewed)
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 (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$205.49
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB, Intel Core i5) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB, Intel Core i5) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$272.00
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet PC - Intel Core i5-4300U 1.9GHz 4GB 128GB SSD Windows 10.1 (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet PC - Intel Core i5-4300U 1.9GHz 4GB 128GB SSD Windows 10.1 (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$289.99
DisplaySurface LaptopSurface Pro 3
Size13.5 Inches12 Inches
Info
  • Display Resolution: 2256 x 1504 (3.4M Pixels)
  • Display Density: 201 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • 10nm Oleophobic Coating
  • 100% sRGB color, individually calibrated
  • Resolution: 2160 x 1440 (3.1M Pixels)
  • Density: 216 PPI
  • ClearType Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Touch: 10 point multi-touch
  • Surface Pen support
ExteriorSurface LaptopSurface Pro 3
Size Comparison
Dimensions12.13” x 8.79” x 0.39-0.57” (308.02 mm x 223.2 mm x 9.93 mm-14.47 mm)
Width: 12.13” (308.02 mm)
Depth: 8.79” (223.2 mm)
Height: 0.39 - 0.57” (9.93 - 14.47 mm)
11.50” x 7.93” x 0.36” (292 mm x 201.3 mm x 9.1 mm)
Width: 11.50” (292 mm)
Height: 7.93” (201.3 mm)
Thickness: 0.36” (9.1 mm)
Weight
  • Intel Core i5 › 2.76 lbs (1.26 kg)
  • Intel Core i7 › 2.83 lbs (1.28 kg)
  • 1.76 lbs (800 g)
Colors
Graphite Gold Platinum Burgundy Cobalt Blue
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size backlit keyboard with the soft-touch feel and full 1.5mm travel.
    • Large palm rest with premium Alcantara® material for maximized typing comfort.
  • Trackpad:
    • Larger size 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gesture.
  • 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 Surface Connect™
    Supports charging and docking station.
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Surface Connect™
    Supports charging and docking station.
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x microSD™ card reader
  • 1 x Type Cover port
Internal SpecsSurface LaptopSurface Pro 3
Processor
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-7Y30
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.00 → 2.60 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 4.5W
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.60 → 3.50 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.50 → 4.00 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.50 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 11.5W
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.90 → 2.90 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4650U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.70 → 3.30 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-7Y30
    Intel® HD Graphics 615
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
    Intel® HD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640
    48 Execution Units with 64 MB eDRAM side cache, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y
    Intel® HD Graphics 4200
    20 Execution Units, 200 → 850 MHz
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U
    Intel® HD Graphics 4200
    20 Execution Units, 200 → 1100 MHz
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4650U
    Intel® HD Graphics 5000
    40 Execution Units, 200 → 1100 MHz
Memory
4GB 8GB 16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
4GB 8GB
1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
  • 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
    SSD
  • 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage with 1-year subscription of Office 365
64 GB 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
SSD
ConnectivitySurface LaptopSurface Pro 3
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
BatterySurface LaptopSurface Pro 3
Size45.2 Wh42.2 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 14.5 hours of typical device usageUp to 9 hours of web browsing
Power Supply
  • 44W proprietary power supply
    USB-A output: 5W
    Surface Connect output: 39W
  • 36W proprietary power supply
    • USB-A output: 5W
    • Surface Connect: 31W
SoftwareSurface LaptopSurface Pro 3
OSWindows 10 SWindows 8.1 Pro
Free upgrade to Windows 10
Built-in Apps1 year of Microsoft Office 365 personalMicrosoft Office 30-days trial
Camera & AudioSurface LaptopSurface Pro 3
Camera
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 720p HD front-facing video camera
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
  • 5.0MP rear-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
Audio
  • Dual microphones
  • OmniSonic stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • Front and rear-facing microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio enhanced sound
MiscSurface LaptopSurface Pro 3
InkingSupports Surface Pen with 1024 levels of pressureSupports Surface Pen
256 levels of pressure
N-trig Active Pen technology
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
In the box
  • Surface Laptop
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
  • Surface Pro 3
  • Surface Pen
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
MoreSupports Surface Dial
Supports off-screen interaction only
  • Mechanical features: Signature unibody magnesium design with hidden perimeter venting
  • Kickstand with a full-friction multiposition hinge to 150 degrees
  • Magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power
Surface Laptop Price
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 (13.5" Touchscreen - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD) - Black (Renewed Premium)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, 10th Gen Intel Core i5 (13.5" Touchscreen - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD) - Black (Renewed Premium)
By Microsoft
$509.00
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13.5” Touch-Screen – AMD Ryzen 5 Surface Edition - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive  - Platinum
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13.5” Touch-Screen – AMD Ryzen 5 Surface Edition - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive  - Platinum
By Microsoft
$799.99
Was: $999.99
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13.5" Touch Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB - 512GB with Windows 11 (Latest Model) - Black
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13.5" Touch Screen - Intel Core i7 - 16GB - 512GB with Windows 11 (Latest Model) - Black
By Microsoft
$1,399.99
Was: $1,699.99
Surface Pro 3 Price
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 (Renewed)
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 (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$205.49
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB, Intel Core i5) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (128 GB, Intel Core i5) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$272.00
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet PC - Intel Core i5-4300U 1.9GHz 4GB 128GB SSD Windows 10.1 (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet PC - Intel Core i5-4300U 1.9GHz 4GB 128GB SSD Windows 10.1 (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$289.99

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2 Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Processor Comparison

Surface Laptop
Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
ProcessorIntel Core i5-7200UIntel Core i7-7660U
Base Frequency2.50 GHz2.50 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.10 GHz4.00 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB SmartCache4 MB
Surface Pro 3
Intel Core m3Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
ProcessorIntel Core i3-4020Y Intel Core i5-4300UIntel Core i7-4650U
Base Frequency1.5 GHz1.9 GHz1.7 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency2.9 GHz3.3 GHz
TDP11.5 watt15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB4 MB

3 Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Graphics Comparison

Surface Laptop
Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
GraphicsIntel HD Graphic 620Intel Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
Graphics Frequency300 – 1000 MHz300 – 1100 MHz
Graphics Max Memory32 GB
Graphics 4K SupportYes, at 60Hz
Graphics DirectX12
Graphics OpenGL4.4
# Display Supported3
Surface Pro 3
Intel Core m3Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4200Intel HD Graphics 4400Intel HD Graphics 5000
Graphics Frequency200 – 850 MHz200 – 1100 MHz
Graphics Max Memory2 GB
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Graphics DirectX11.2/12
Graphics OpenGL4.3
# Display Supported3
Microsoft Surface Laptop