Microsoft Surface Pro is the first generation of Surface Pro series, introduced by Microsoft on June 18, 2012. Microsoft Surface Pro has a full power of a laptop with the third generation of Intel Core Processor.
720p HD LifeCam front-facing camera with TrueColor Technology
720p HD LifeCam rear-facing camera with TrueColor Technology
Surface Pro 1
Supports Surface Pen
1,024 levels of pressure
Wacom Active Pen technology
Can be attached to charging port
Included with purchase
Ambient light sensor
In the box
Surface Pro (1st Gen)
Surface Pro Pen
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents
One-year limited hardware warranty
Kickstand: 1 position at 22°
Physical buttons: volumes, power
The original Surface Pro came out on June 18th, 2012, at the Microsoft Surface event, with a starting price of $899 for the model with Intel Core i5-3317U, 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 RAM, and 64GB of SSD. It has a 10.6-inch full-HD display with touch and pen input enabled. Unlike the Surface RT, the Pro model has Windows 8 Pro that supports all Windows software and games.
At the event, alongside the Surface RT, Microsoft also introduced the Surface Pro, Surface Touch Cover, Surface Type Cover, and more.
The Surface with Windows 8 Pro features a powerful 64-bit x86 processor, courtesy of Intel. The third-generation Intel Core i5-3317U has two cores and four threads, enabled with hyper-threading technology, making it perfect for multitasking. It can support up to three displays, making it an ideal choice for maximum productivity.
Intel Core i5-3317U
Max Turbo Frequency
Level 1 Cache
Level 2 Cache
Level 3 Cache
Max Memory Size
Intel HD Graphic 4000
350 MHz – 1050 MHz
# Display Supported
Original Surface Pro’s processor spec sheet
Tips and tricks
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A thorough understanding of the device you intend to buy is crucial before purchasing. To help you with this, we have prepared an all-inclusive list of frequently asked questions that will answer all your queries.
The FAQ covers all aspects of the original Surface Pro, including display, battery life, performance, software, and design, ensuring you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
3What is the default Surface Pro 1 display scaling?
Micorosft Surface Pro 1 has a default display scaling of 150%.
4What is the aspect ratio of Surface Pro 1?
Surface Pro 1 has a 16:9 aspect ratio.
1Can Microsoft Surface Pro 1 run Photoshop?
Absolutely yes. Microsoft Surface Pro 1 equipped with the 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ processors combined with Intel® HD Graphics, is powerful enough to handle most tasks available on Photoshop.
2Can the Surface Pro 1 run games?
Yes, you can play many game titles at low or medium settings.
3Can you code or program on Surface Pro 1?
For writing code, Microsoft Surface Pro 1 is more than powerful enough to handle most code editors such as VS Code, Atom, or Notepad++. Combined with its great tactile keys, it’s the perfect mobile development machine you want to have. It’s also capable of compiling complex codes on Visual Studio or Android Studio as well.
4Is Surface Pro 1 64-bit?
Yes, Microsoft Surface Pro 1 uses the 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ processors which supports 64-bit instruction and it does come with a 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 10 Pro.
5Is Surface Pro 1 good for drawing?
Yes, drawing is smooth on most apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Windows Ink, Sketchable, Bamboo Ink, OneNote, and more.
6Is Surface Pro 1 good for students?
Not really. There is one downside of Surface Pro 1 as it lasts only around 4 hours. However, if you don’t bother to carry around the charger, it’s a great device for a student. You can take advantage of all kinds of note-taking taking including typing, drawing, and touch. You will never get stuck on taking note of all kinds of information you want.
7Will Surface Pro 1 run Office?
Yes, Surface Pro 1 comes with a Microsoft Office 365 30-day trial. Office apps will run smoothly on Microsoft Surface Pro 1.
8Will the new Surface Dock work with Surface Pro 1?
No, The new Surface Dock required a new Surface Connect interface which isn’t available on Surface Pro 1.
1What is the battery capacity of Microsoft Surface Pro 1?
Microsoft Surface Pro 1 has a battery capacity of 42 Wh (5,676 mAh, 7.4V). For more information, check:
You can charge your Surface Pro 1 by using the OEM charger that comes with your Surface Pro 1 – Plug the charger to the power source and plug the Surface charging connector into the charging port on the right side of Surface Pro 1. It’s a magnet and reversible connector and it’s an official and recommended charging method by Microsoft.
3Can I charge Surface Pro 1 via USB?
No, the USB port on Surface Pro 1 is used for data transfer only.
1Does Surface Pro 1 run Windows 10?
Yes, it does. Surface Pro 1 shipped with a full version of Windows 8 Pro and can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free.
2Can you download apps on Surface Pro 1?
Yes, you can. You can download safe and Microsoft-verified apps and games from Microsoft Store. Since it’s a full version of Windows 8, you can also download and install any apps from any source you’d like to.
3Does Surface Pro 1 run full Windows?
Yes, Surface Pro 1 comes with full Windows 8 Pro.
4How do I reset my Surface Pro 1?
To reset your Surface Pro 1 on Windows 10, plug in your Surface Pro 1 so you don’t run out of power during the refresh.
Open Settings > Update & Security.
Under “Reset this PC“, select Get started.
Choose either Keep my files or Remove everything.
If you choose to Remove everything, you can choose to clean only the drive where Windows is installed and all drives.
Next, you will have the option to just remove my files and remove files and clean the drive. The option to clean the drive is more secure but takes much longer. For example, if you are recycling your Surface, you should clean the drive. If you are keeping your Surface, you just need to remove your files.
Surface Pro 1 will restart and the Surface logo will appear during the reset process (this can take several minutes).
5Is Microsoft Office free on Surface Pro 1?
No, the 10.6-inch Surface Pro 1 comes with a free Office 365 30-day trial, so you need to purchase a subscription to continue using the full Office suite when the trial period ends.
6Does Surface Pro 1 need antivirus?
In most cases, you don’t need a third-party antivirus. Windows 10 on Surface Pro 1 has a built-in Windows Defender for virus and threat protection out of the box. It’s free and receives definition updates regularly via Windows Update.
1Is Surface Pro 1 a tablet or a laptop?
It’s a 2-in-1 tablet or laptop. It can function as a tablet and also a laptop when connected to a Surface Pro Type Cover.
2What is the company that makes Surface Pro 1?
The OG Surface Pro is a product among other Surface-branded products that are made by the Microsoft company.
Here are the most frequently requested comparisons for Surface Pro 1:
Evan Forrest is the Editor-in-Chief of SurfaceTip, where he researches and writes articles about Surface-related news, tips, and reviews. He has been using Surface devices since the first release of the original Surface Pro and currently uses a Surface Laptop 3 as his full-time daily driver machine. Additionally, he owns multiple Surface devices, including Surface RT, Surface 3, Surface Go/Go 2, Surface Pro 3, Surface Book/Book 2, and many Surface accessories to aid him in his research and article writing.
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