Surface Pro 1 vs. Surface Pro 3 – Full Specs Comparison

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

Surface Pro 1 vs. Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro

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Surface Pro 3

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Key Features
What's newWindows 8 Pro You can do everything as you've ever done on your PC.
Laptop class performance powered by 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB, and up to 128GB of SSD storage.
Touch & Inking It support 10-point multitouch and Surface Pen with 1,024 pressure sensitivity.
Kickstand Comes with integrated kickstand easy to switch between tablet and laptop mode.
Detachable Touch & Type Cover Be more productive with full-size keyboard doubling as a protective screen cover.
More Magnet charging connector, Full-size USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, HD front and rear camera,
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 new range of 4th Gen Intel processors up to Core i7.
Better Inking It now supports new Surface Pen with 256 pressure sensivity, tail eraser, and remote bluetooth activation.
Better battery It has 20% more battery life than Surface Pro 2 up to 9 hours.
New kickstand It has new full-friction multi-position hinge up to 150-degrees.
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
Availability
IntroducedJune 18, 2012May 20, 2014
Pre-orderedNot available for pre-orderedMay 20, 2014
ReleasedFebruary 9, 2013June 20, 2014
PricingIntel® Core™ i5
• $899 - i5 | 4 GB | 64 GB
• $999 - i5 | 4 GB | 128 GB
Intel® Core™ i3
• $799 - i3 | 4 GB | 64 GB

Intel® Core™ i5
• $999 - i5 | 4 GB | 128 GB
• $1,299 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB

Intel® Core™ i7
• $1,549 - i7 | 8 GB | 256 GB
• $1,949 - i7 | 8 GB | 512 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 trialMicrosoft Office 30-days trial
Display
Size10.6 inches12 inches
Resolution1920 x 1080 (208 PPI), 2M Pixels2160 x 1440 (216 PPI), 3.1M Pixels
Technology• ClearType Full HD Display
• Aspect ratio: 16:9
• Touch: 10 point multi-touch
• Surface Pen support (1st Gen)
• ClearType 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
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 1.50 GHz, 11.5W

4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 1.90 GHz up to 2.90 GHz, 15W

4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4650U
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB SmartCache, 1.70 GHz up to 3.30 GHz, 15W
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 40004th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y
Intel® HD Graphics 4200

4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U
Intel® HD Graphics 4400

4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4650U
Intel® HD Graphics 5000
Memory
4GB
Dual Channel Memory
4GB8 GB
1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
64GB128GB
SSD
64GB128GB256GB512GB
SSD
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
Battery
Size42 Wh42.2 Wh
Battery Life7-15 days of idle lifeUp to 9 hours of web browsing
Power Supply48W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port36W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port
Exterior
Dimensions10.81” x 6.81” x 0.53” (275 mm x 173 mm x 13.46 mm) 11.5” x 7.93” x 0.3” (292 mm x 201.3 mm x 9.1 mm)
Weight2 lbs (910 g)1.76 lbs (800 g)
Casing• VaporMg
• Kickstand with 1 position @22-degree
• Physical buttons: volumes, power
• Mechanical features: Signature unibody magnesium design
• Kickstand with full-friction multiposition hinge to 150 degrees
• Magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
• 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 Surface Connect™
• 1 x Headset jack
• 1 x Mini DisplayPort
• 1 x Cover port
Camera & Audio
Camera• 720p HD LifeCam front-facing camera with TrueColor Technology
• 720p HD LifeCam rear-facing camera with TrueColor Technology
• 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
• 5.0MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video
Audio• Single microphone
• Stereo speakers
• Front and rear facing microphones
• Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio enhanced sound
Misc
Sensors• Ambient light sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Compass
• Ambient light sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Magnetometer
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/AHW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
In the box• Surface Pro
• Surface Pro Pen
• Power supply
• Quick Start Guide
• Safety and warranty documents
• Surface Pro 3
• Surface Pen
• Power supply
• Quick Start Guide
• Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty