Surface 3 vs Surface Pro 3

As the first two generation Surface tablets did before it, the Surface 3 shares a lot visually with its Pro compatriot. So, now we've got a Surface 3 and a Surface Pro 3 you might be wondering how different they are?

Let's take a look at the main specs:

Surface 3 vs Surface Pro 3

Specs as ever only tell part of the story. It's no surprise that the Surface Pro 3 is a little bigger, has a higher resolution display, higher storage options and CPU options all the way up to the 4th generation Intel Core i7.

The Surface 3 by comparison could be considered a 'slimmed down' version of the Surface Pro 3. You get the same design, same 3:2 form factor, even the same accessories made available for it such as the Docking Station and Type Cover. You even still get pen support.

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Scaling down the internal hardware with the reduction in size and display resolution also leaves the Surface 3 priced pretty well compared to the Surface Pro 3. Starting at $499 in the U.S. compared to $799, it's a decent saving to go with such a 'slimmed down' version. And you have the bonus of a 1-year subscription to Office 365 included with the Surface 3. Something you don't get with its bigger brother.

There are also some other small differences in how the Surface 3 charges and stands up. It uses microUSB charging compared to the proprietary charger on the Surface Pro 3. The kickstand on the Surface 3 is also a little more limited with just three different positions compared to the many possible with the Surface Pro 3.

So, which should you buy? It's a tough ask. From what we know so far it looks at least like the new Surface 3 will give a comparable experience to the existing Surface Pro 3 albeit with less powerful hardware and a smaller body.

And that doesn't sound bad at all.