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

 Surface Pro 4Surface Pro 3
Announced DateOctober 26, 2015June 20, 2014
Starting Price$799 - 128GB|M3|4GB$799 - 64GB|i3|4GB
Software
Operating SystemWindows 10 ProWindows 8.1
Windows 10 Pro
OfficeOffice 30-days trial
Display
Display Size12.3 inches12 inches
Display Resolution2736 x 1824 (267 PPI), 5M Pixels2160 x 1440 (216 PPI), 3.1M Pixels
Screen TechnologyPixelSense™ display
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multitouch
Inking: Supports Surface Pen
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
ClearType Full HD Plus
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multitouch
Inking: Supports Surface Pen
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Internal Specs
CPU
6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y306th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6650U
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4650U
Graphics
m3: Intel® HD Graphics 515i5: Intel® HD Graphics 520i7: Intel® Iris™ Graphics 540
i3: Intel® HD Graphics 4200i5: Intel® HD Graphics 4400i7: Intel® HD Graphics 5000
Memory
4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
4 GB 8 GB
1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
128 GB 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
SSD
64 GB 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
SSD
Network802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking;
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking;
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Battery
Battery Size38.2 Wh42.0 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 9 hours of local video playback
Power Supply24W power supply (Intel® Core™ m3)
44W power supply with USB charging port (Intel® Core™ i5 and Core™ i7)
36W power supply with USB charging port
Exterior
Dimensions11.50″ x 7.93″ x 0.33″
(292.10mm x 201.42mm x 8.45mm)
11.5” x 7.93” x 0.3”
(292 mm x 201.3 mm x 9.1 mm)
Weightm3: 1.69lbs (766 grams)
i5: 1.73lbs (786 grams)
i7: 1.73lbs (786 grams)
1.76 lbs (800 grams)
CasingMagnesium
kickstand with full-friction multiposition hinge to 150 degrees
ColorsSilver
Keyboard and TrackpadNot Included.Not Included.
PortsFull-size USB 3.0
microSD™ card reader
Surface Connect™
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Cover port
Camera & Audio
CameraWindows Hello face sign-in 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
AudioStereo microphones
Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
Stereo microphones
Stereo speakers with Dolby® sound
Misc
SensorsAmbient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
SecurityTPM chip for enterprise security
Surface DialOff-screen interaction only
In the boxSurface Pro 4
Surface Pen (Intel® Core™ i5 and Core™ i7)
Power Supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents
Surface Pro 3
Surface Pen
Power Supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents

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

 

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