Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3 Detailed Spec Comparison

Check out our detailed spec comparison between Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3 whether it is worth upgrading or not.

Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface is the most successful hardware product line from Microsoft. Back on October, 7th 2015, Microsoft has announced a new Surface Pro 4 packs with many new features and improvements. The most exciting new features including Windows Hello authentication, the new 12.3″ PixelSense technology, and a new range of great accessories.

Interestingly, Microsoft did care about Surface Pro 3 owners by enabling all new accessories to compatible with Surface Pro 3 including the new Surface Dock, Surface Pro Type Cover, and Surface Pen.

 If you wonder how the Surface Pro 4 compared to the Surface Pro 3, here we have a detailed spec comparison between both devices. It will help you to decide whether the Surface Pro 4 is really worth the upgrade or not.
  1.   Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3 – Overall Specs Comparison
  2.   Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3 – Processor & Graphics Comparison

1  Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3 – Overall Specs Comparison

Surface Pro 4

Surface Pro 4 picture

Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 picture
Availability
IntroducedOctober 7, 2015May 20, 2014
Pre-orderedOctober 7, 2015May 20, 2014
ReleasedOctober 26, 2015June 20, 2014
ConfigurationsIntel® Core™ m3
• $899 - m3 | 4 GB | 128 GB

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

Intel® Core™ i7
• $1,599 - i7 | 8 GB | 256 GB
• $1,799 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB
• $2,199 - i7 | 16 GB | 1 TB
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 OSWindows 10 Pro• Windows 8.1 Pro
• Upgradable to Windows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office 30-days trialMicrosoft Office 30-days trial
Display
Size12.3 inches12 inches
Resolution2736 x 1824 (267 PPI), 5M Pixels2160 x 1440 (216 PPI), 3.1M Pixels
Technology• PixelSense™ Display
• Contrast ratio: 1300:1
• Aspect ratio: 3:2
• 100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated
• Touch: 10-point multitouch with GPU-based processing
• ClearType Display
• Aspect ratio: 3:2
• Touch: 10 point multi-touch
• Surface Pen support
Internal Specs
CPU6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y30
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB SmartCache, 0.90 GHz up to 2.20 GHz, 4.5W

6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 2.40 GHz up to 3.00 GHz, 15W

6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6650U
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB SmartCache, 2.20 GHz up to 3.40 GHz, 15W
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
Graphics6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y30
• Intel® HD Graphics 515

6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
• Intel® HD Graphics 520

6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6650U
• Intel® Iris™ Graphics 540
4th 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
4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
4GB8 GB
1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
128 GB256 GB512 GB1 TB
NVMe PCIe SSD
64GB128GB256GB512GB
SSD
Network• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
Battery
Size38.2 Wh42.2 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 9 hours of video playbackUp to 9 hours of web browsing
Power Supply36W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port

Surface Pro 4 with Intel Core m3
• 24W power supply with no USB port
36W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port
Exterior
Dimensions11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches (292.10 mm x 201.42 mm x 8.4 mm) 11.5” x 7.93” x 0.3” (292 mm x 201.3 mm x 9.1 mm)
WeightIntel Core m3 1.69 lbs (766 g)
Intel Core i5 and i7 1.73 lbs (786 g)
1.76 lbs (800 g)
Casing• 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
• 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
Silver
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad• Not included
• Weight: 0.68 lb (310 g)
• Dimension: 11.61 x 8.54 x 0.19 inches (295 mm x 216 mm x 5mm)

Keyboard
• Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys
• Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12)
• 4 directional keys; Windows, Brightness and Media Controls Keys;
• LED backlighting

Trackpad
• Precision glass trackpad.
• Trackpad size: 4 x 2 inches (101.6 mm x 50.8 mm)
• Supports five-finger multitouch gesture.
• 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 Connect™
• 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• Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
• 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
• 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
• 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
• 5.0MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video
Audio• Dual microphones
• Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio
• Front and rear facing microphones
• Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio enhanced sound
Misc
Sensors• Ambient light sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Magnetometer
• Ambient light sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Magnetometer
Surface Pen• 1024 levels of pressure
• Magnetic storage
• 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
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 Pro 4
• Surface 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

2  Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3 – Processor & Graphics Comparison

 Surface Pro 4Surface Pro 3
Entry Level Configuration
Intel Core m3
ProcessorIntel Core m3-6Y30Intel Core i3-4020Y
Base Frequency0.9 GHz1.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency2.2 GHzN/A
TDP4.5 watt11.5 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB SmartCache3 MB SmartCache
# Cores/Threads2/42/4
Bus Speed4 GT/s OPI5 GT/s DMI2
Max Memory Support16 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth29.8 GB/s25.6 GB/s
Memory Types
LPDDR3-1866 DDR3L-1600
DDR3L 1333/1600 LPDDR3 1333/1600
Advanced Technologies
Turbo Boost 2.0 Hyper-Threading VT-x VT-d EPT Intel 64 My WiFi Idle States SpeedStep Thermal Monitoring Flex Memory Access Small Business Advantage Smart Response AES New Instructions Secure Key SGX MPX OS Guard Execute Disable Bit
Hyper-Threading VT-x EPT Intel 64 Idle States SpeedStep Smart Response ME Firmware 9.5 HD Audio Identity Protection Rapid Storage Smart Connect AES New Instructions Secure Key Execute Disable Bit Anti-Theft Technology
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 515Intel® HD Graphics 4200
Graphics Frequency300 – 850 MHz200 – 850 MHz
Graphics Max Memory16 GB2 GB
4K SupportYes, at 60HzNot Supported
DirectX Support1211.2/12
OpenGL Support4.44.3
# Display Supported3
Graphics Technologies
Quick Sync Video InTru™ 3D Clear Video HD Clear Video
Quick Sync Video InTru™ 3D Clear Video HD
Mid Level Configuration
Intel Core m3
ProcessorIntel Core i5-6300UIntel Core i5-4300U
Base Frequency2.4 GHz1.9 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.0 GHz2.9 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB SmartCache
# Cores/Threads2/42/4
Bus Speed4 GT/s OPI5 GT/s DMI2
Max Memory Support32 GB16 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth34.1 GB/s25.6 GB/s
Memory Types
DDR4-2133 LPDDR3-1866 DDR3L-1600
DDR3L 1333/1600 LPDDR3 1333/1600
Advanced Technologies
Turbo Boost 2.0 vPro Hyper-Threading VT-x VT-d EPT TSX-NI Intel 64 My WiFi Idle States SpeedStep Thermal Monitoring Flex Memory Access Identity Protection SIPP Smart Response AES New Instructions Secure Key SGX MPX Trusted Execution Execute Disable Bit OS Guard
Turbo Boost 2.0 vPro Hyper-Threading VT-x VT-d EPT Intel 64 Idle States SpeedStep Thermal Monitoring Identity Protection SIPP Smart Response ME Firmware 9.5 HD Audio Rapid Storage Smart Connect AES New Instructions Secure Key Trusted Execution Execute Disable Bit Anti-Theft Technology
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 520Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Graphics Frequency300 – 1.00 GHz200 – 1.10 GHz
Graphics Max Memory32 GB2 GB
4K SupportYes, at 60HzNot Supported
DirectX Support1211.2/12
OpenGL Support4.44.3
# Display Supported3
Graphics Technologies
Quick Sync Video InTru™ 3D Clear Video HD Clear Video
Quick Sync Video InTru™ 3D Clear Video HD
High End Level Configuration
Intel Core m3
ProcessorIntel Core i7-6650UIntel Core i7-4650U
Base Frequency2.2 GHz1.7 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.4 GHz2.3 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB SmartCache
# Cores/Threads2/42/4
Bus Speed4 GT/s OPI5 GT/s DMI2
Max Memory Support32 GB16 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth34.1 GB/s25.6 GB/s
Memory Types
DDR4-2133 LPDDR3-1866 DDR3L-1600
DDR3L 1333/1600 LPDDR3 1333/1600
Advanced Technologies
Turbo Boost 2.0 vPro Hyper-Threading VT-x VT-d EPT TSX-NI Intel 64 My WiFi Idle States SpeedStep Thermal Monitoring Flex Memory Access Identity Protection SIPP Smart Response AES New Instructions Secure Key SGX MPX Trusted Execution Execute Disable Bit OS Guard
Turbo Boost 2.0 vPro Hyper-Threading VT-x VT-d EPT Intel 64 Idle States SpeedStep Thermal Monitoring Identity Protection ME Firmware 9.5 HD Audio Rapid Storage Smart Connect AES New Instructions Secure Key Trusted Execution Execute Disable Bit Anti-Theft Technology
GraphicsIntel® Iris™ Graphics 540Intel® HD Graphics 5000
Graphics Frequency300 – 1.05 GHz200 – 1.10 GHz
Graphics Max Memory32 GB2 GB
eDRAM64 MB
4K SupportYes, at 60HzNot Supported
DirectX Support1211.2/12
OpenGL Support4.44.3
# Display Supported3
Graphics Technologies
Quick Sync Video InTru™ 3D Clear Video HD Clear Video
Quick Sync Video InTru™ 3D Clear Video HD Flexible Display Interface