Surface Pro 1 vs. Surface 3 – Full Specs Comparison

Here's what you need to know what's different between Surface Pro 1 and Surface 3 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Surface Pro 1 vs. Surface 3

Surface Pro

Surface Pro picture

Surface 3

Surface 3 picture
Availability
IntroducedJune 18, 2012March 21, 2015
Pre-orderedNot available for pre-orderedMarch 21, 2015
ReleasedFebruary 9, 2013May 5, 2015
ConfigurationsIntel® Core™ i5
• $899 - i5 | 4 GB | 64 GB
• $999 - i5 | 4 GB | 128 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 OS• Windows 8 Pro
• Upgradable to Windows 10 Pro
• Windows 8.1 Pro
• Upgradable to Windows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office 30-days trial1-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: 10 point multi-touch
• Surface Pen support (1st Gen)
• ClearType Full HD Plus Display
• Aspect ratio: 3:2
• Touch: 10 point multi-touch
• Surface Pen support
Internal Specs
CPU3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3317U
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 1.70 GHz up to 2.60 GHz, 17W
Intel® Atom™ x7-Z8700
4 cores, 4 threads, 2MB, 1.60 GHz up to 2.40 GHz
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4000Intel® HD Graphics
Memory
4GB
Dual Channel Memory
2 GB 4 GB
1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Storage
64GB128GB
SSD
64 GB128 GB
eMMC
Network• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
• Optional LTE
Battery
Size42 Wh27.5 Wh
Battery Life7-15 days of idle lifeUp to 10 hours of local video playback
Power Supply48W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port13W Micro USB power supply
Exterior
Dimensions10.81” x 6.81” x 0.53” (275 mm x 173 mm x 13.46 mm)10.52” x 7.36” x 0.34” (267 mm x 187 mm x 8.7 mm)
Weight2 lbs (910 g)Tablet Only 1.37 lbs (621 g)
With Keyboard 1.95 lbs (884 g)
Casing• VaporMg
• Kickstand with 1 position @22-degree
• Physical buttons: volumes, power
• Magnesium
• Kickstand with 3 positions
• Physical buttons: volumes, power
Colors
Dark Titanium
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 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• 720p HD LifeCam front-facing camera with TrueColor Technology
• 720p HD LifeCam rear-facing camera with TrueColor Technology
• 3.5MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
• 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio• Single microphone
• Stereo speakers
• Single microphone
• Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio enhanced sound
Misc
Sensors• Ambient light sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Compass
• Ambient light sensor
• Proximity sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Magnetometer
• Digital compass
Surface Pen• Support Surface Pro Pen (Included with purchase)
• 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity
• Wacom Active Pen technology
• Can be attached to charging port
• Support Surface Pen
• N-trig Active Pen techonolgy
• 256 levels of pressure
Surface DialCompatible with Surface Dial off-screen interactionCompatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction
SecurityN/AN/A
In the box• Surface Pro
• Surface Pro Pen
• 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