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

Key Features
What's new
  • Windows 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 supports 10-point multitouch and Surface Pen with 1,024 pressure sensitivity.
  • Kickstand It comes with an integrated kickstand easy to switch between tablet and laptop mode.
  • Detachable Touch & Type Cover Be more productive with a 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 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 Pro 1Surface Pro 3
Released20122014
Release Info
  • Introduced: June 18, 2012
  • Not available for pre-ordered
  • Released: February 9, 2013
  • Introduced: May 20, 2014
  • Pre-ordered: May 20, 2014
  • Released: June 20, 2014
Pricing
  • Intel® Core™ i5
    • $899 - i5 | 4 GB | 64 GB
    • $999 - i5 | 4 GB | 128 GB
Starting at 799$
Stores
DisplaySurface Pro 1Surface Pro 3
Size10.6 Inches12 Inches
Info
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (2M Pixels)
  • Density: 208 PPI
  • ClearType Full HDDisplay
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Touch: 10 point multi-touch
  • Surface Pen support (1st Gen)
  • 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 Pro 1Surface Pro 3
Dimensions10.81” x 6.81” x 0.53” (275 mm x 173 mm x 13.46 mm)
Width: 10.81” (275 mm)
Height: 6.81” (173 mm)
Thickness: 0.53” (13.46 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)
Size Comparison
Surface Pro 1Surface Pro 3
Weight
  • 2 lbs (910 g)
  • 1.76 lbs (800 g)
Colors
Dark Titanium
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.
  • 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 Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Surface Charging Port
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x microSD™ card reader
  • 1 x Type Cover port
  • 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 Pro 1Surface Pro 3
Processor
  • Intel® Core™ i5-3317U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.70 → 2.60 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 17W
  • 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
  • Intel® Core™ i5-3317U
    Intel® HD Graphics 4000
    16 Execution Units, 350 → 1.05 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
Dual Channel Memory
4GB 8GB
1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
64 GB128 GB
SSD
64 GB128 GB256 GB512 GB
SSD
ConnectivitySurface Pro 1Surface Pro 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 Wireless 4.0 technology
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
BatterySurface Pro 1Surface Pro 3
Size42 Wh42.2 Wh
Battery Life7-15 days of idle lifeUp to 9 hours of web browsing
Power Supply
  • 48W proprietary power supply
    • USB-A output: 5W
    • Surface Charger: 43W
  • 36W proprietary power supply
    • USB-A output: 5W
    • Surface Connect: 31W
SoftwareSurface Pro 1Surface Pro 3
OS
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Upgradable Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Upgradable Windows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office 30-days trialMicrosoft Office 30-days trial
Camera & AudioSurface Pro 1Surface Pro 3
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 Skype HD video
  • 5.0MP rear-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
Audio
  • Single microphone
  • Stereo speakers
  • Front and rear-facing microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio enhanced sound
MiscSurface Pro 1Surface Pro 3
InkingSupports Surface Pen
1,024 levels of pressure
Wacom Active Pen technology
Can be attached to charging port
Included with purchase
Supports Surface Pen
256 levels of pressure
N-trig Active Pen technology
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
In the box
  • Surface Pro (1st Gen)
  • 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
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
More
  • Casing: VaporMg
  • Kickstand: 1 position at 22°
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power
  • 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

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