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Surface 3 vs Surface Pro 3: The similarities and the differences

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.

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.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

232 Comments
  • "propitiatory charger " should be "proprietary charger"
  • One of about 6 words in the English language I actually genuinely can never spell. And spell check never gets it right either :/
  • Which are the other 5? * just curious*
  • I'm sure you'll notice soon enough ;-)
  • This has me curious, do articles ever get proof read by editors or peers?
  • Absolutely. Doesn't always mean the person reading it can spell certain words either. Occupational hazard that no matter how hard you try you can never 100% get rid of. And believe me we try.
  • I use to work in newspaper and believe me, everybody makes a mistake and no matter how many people proof read, there's always a mistake on the front page.
  • Hopefully not the word "Rubino".
  • No... Seriously. My OCD doesn't allow me to let this go. What other words?
  • U r not alone dude... ;)
  • Richard, you also forgot to mention the microUSB port on the Surface 3.
  • Spell check doesn't get it either because "propitiatary" is actually a word that means something totally different.
  • Apparently "propitiatory" is an actual word. It means "to appease."
  • I just learnt something new.
  • Dear sir, this is not the place for that level of DBism.
  • Cannot believe he did not even mention about FANLESS....
  • Fanless in not a new thing.. Pro 3 also dont have fanless.. No need to mention it...
  • "Pro 3 also don't have fanless"... It's true. Pro 3 does include a fan and hence chfhyh is also right in saying that fanless should be mentioned as an advantage for Surface 3. Or Surface 3 does have a fan???
  • Surface 3 does have fans (or vents) they're around the edge, not too big, just spread out :) according to pictures at least Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Thanks for the info :-) Let's wait for a review from Windows central and find out for sure ;-)
  • You're correct, a review would be more accurate :) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It is fanless. Look at the 360 view on the product page, there's no ventilation.
  • Don't have fanless? U mean don't have fans, hence fanless
  • sp 3 does have a fan.  being fanless is THE major advantage s3 has over sp3. a true tablet cannot have a fan...
  • still thinking that the S3 should have around double what the SP3 could offer in terms of battery life. Most i7s cant even last 6 hours.  Atoms could last about 16 hours easily
  • This depends on many factors.  Larger screens draw more power and the fact that it's running a full version of Windows 8.1 factors into this as well. I think 10 hours of video is great which probably means 16+ hours of regular use including idle time. 
  • I thought the microUSB was bonus. The proprietary still exists. But, guess not.
  • we want performance review please.
  • Fries with that too?
  • I know a good oracle.
  • Sure!
  • And a diet coke plz.
  • Coke Zero is better.
  • Zero tastes worse than bug spray.
  • sorry, nOOB here accidently reported this comment....   my mistake, it's a funny comment.
  • No problem - it happens!  We deleted it :)
  • Both Diet Coke & Coke Zero taste like cat piss. Although neither taste as bad, or are as pointless as, Diet Coke Caffeine Free (what is it? Dirty flavoured water?)
  • I read this as "fries with that taco too?" for no logical reason.
  • I mean, if you've got some you're not going to eat...
  • You guys have like 7 of these right? It was announced hours ago. Why is there no review? We just expected better free content is all...
  • Benchmarking isn't a task done in short order. It takes running all of the compared devices (if not already reviewed) through a long series of tests, including battery testing. In a perfect world, you do that several times as well, so it could take a few days for proper testing to be done with new devices.
  • I think he was being sarcastic.  WC probably doesn't have 7 of these.  Probably only MS has 7 of them at this point.
  • *woosh* that was the sound of the joke going right over your head :)
  • When do you think Windows Central will have a review for this?
  • Later today.  I promise on Daniel's behalf.
  • Sure if its free ;)
  • Got sauce?
  • Turbo burst upto 2.6ghz.. This makes me to buy this.. But i kinda disappointed with memory..
  • While a performance review is perhaps premature, on the subject of performance: Is it confirmed that this new Surface 3 uses SSD storage and not a slower MMC variant?
  • going through the interwebs, the Atom x7 chip looks to only support eMMC storage... unless Microsoft added some custom component to allow some form of SSD for faster performance...
  • I'll buy the Surface 3 when/if it launches in India
  • Too bad it is not available in India.
  • Will be.. Asia is biggest market for Microsoft
  • Paying market?
  • When in India? And I am dead serious MSFT!
  • Yes..looking at price and features, it can be a success in india. Full windows on a tablet. If they can advertise these features properly.
  • Agree.
  • I'm not keeping my hopes high. MS just doesn't read markets right. When people can splurge on a $499 iPad here, they definitely can and will buy the Surface 3 which does a whole lot more for the same dough. Too bad Microsoft never understands this.
  • wen in USA ?
  • Haha...
  • You would not complain about the price after added taxes & duties & corruption?
  • This could be even a better option for road warriors than the pro version if there are no CPU intensive tasks involved. Especially if the battery lasts longer! It could be a better pair with a decent/powerful laptop workstation that usually gets left in the office/home. I like it already.
  • I'm thinking the very same thing. Thinking that an LTE version would be a good replacement for my SP3 for travelling, events etc. Exciting stuff.
  • I'm very much excited about incoming benchmarks and reviews. Exciting times ahead!
  • I'm with you there.  This is exactly how I use my current Atom powered Ativ.  This would definitely make for a worthy upgrade... if my wallet permits
  • You've forgotten to mention the improved cameras in the Surface 3, Richard.
  • Please don't make me even acknowledge tablet photography!
  • Well.. I use my Surface 2 to take photos of presentations and whiteboards through OneNote in class very very frequently, so the new autofocus function on the rear camera is very important for note-taking :)
    No way you're getting let-off for this one! ;)
  • Then your smartphone must not have a very good camera.
  • Ha, I actually am the owner of a 1020 which I've written these comments on.
    It's just that while I'm typing up notes from lectures, I don't want to have to get out my camera and have to insert the image into OneNote. It disrupts my flow and I lose following of what's being presented.
  • 1020 has really bad camera... Seriously :-P Whenever some one compares cameras in mobile phones, they go way up to Lumia 930 or 1520 only. Lumia 1020 camera is not worthy comparing ;-)
  • I know right, like god, this camera was meant to be like so amazing with 41MPX and special optical stabilisation and super zooming, but even my old Lumia 520 takes better photos.
    So crap, dunno why I spent £300 on it. Doesn't even have an LED flash. Worthless.
  • "Doesn't even have an LED flash"... Ha ha ha :-D it is true though ;-)
  • It absolutely sucks compared to the Hasselblad H5D-50. 41MP: Pathetic! The Hassy has a 50MP sensor and is better in low light. Plus better ergonomics for photography!
  • well thats a camera not a smartphone. smartphone cameras are yet to compete with SLR cameras tho
  • @Menard: Forgot to add the /S tag. The 1020 still takes the best photos of any phone out there (except the CM1, but that's really hard to get). I was just trying to one-up the ridiculousness level of the thread by comparing it to a $30K medium format camera.
  • He is only complementing the phone's camera bro :-)
  • Now that's a sensible user case scenerio.
  • People who raise their large tablets up to take photos of slides during presentations is horribly distracting and rude. Take the pen and write down some notes. Personally would love to see rear facing cameras on tablets disappear for this very reason. Simply ask for the slide deck if it's that important. I've been to many conferences where people have to sit right up close to the presenter, raise their device and fumble to take a picture, have the shutter sound on or even the flash. A lot of times the slide deck is already available or will be made available.
  • Oh dear, such assumptions.
    I've never once in my life raised the tablet off of the desk in the lecture hall to use the camera. So forward your complaints to someone else..
    And I'd love to use that pen, the Surface Pen™ :D And since all my lecturers are stingy with fears of copyright and not wanting us to share the presentations amongst ourselves, they don't give us copies :/ I don't know if it's like that for all courses, but for Medicine they don't share anything.
  • So, it sounds like your profession is mired in a stodgey old mindset. Hopefully, you and your peers can change this once you are the ones giving the lectures.
  • Why not? Tablet videos can be a good thing right? With a solid place to sit, you can get the entire demo/presentation/seminar/classroom vibration free video. Instead of carrying a pod for your mobile phone or camera, this will be better. Not to mention, with multi tasking, you can record a workshop as well as try something on your tablet in real time. Plus you can do Skype properly for even an hour without holding something by your hand(and rear cameras come handy when you suddenly wish to show something to the other party without alerting things in your place). Face it... Rear camera can be helpful :-)
  • Is the surface 3 with the atom cherry processor worth buying for 500 dollars??
  • It's more productive than 500$ iPad.
  • At identical price of iPad there is no contest. A toy vs a real computer.
  • No contest in the iPad's favor if you intend to use it as a toy, though. It's like comparing an SUV to a two-seater sports car - totally different form factors and features for totally different use cases.
  • I'll have to look later, but I think not. If I was to consider one of these, I would want the 4-GB RAM model. I think that puts the price up to $600, and then the pen is another $50. At that point, you're REALLY close to the i3 SP3, though $150 is nothing to scoff at. If you do little on your tablet, don't care about the pen, and can survive with 4 GB of memory, then the $500 model would be a good deal. If my pricing by memory is right, then those wanting the better models should likely go with the i3 SP3, which comes with the pen.
  • The price of the Type Cover is negligible when comparing to the Surface Pro 3, due to the fact that you pretty much have to buy it either way.
    When compared to other devices, yes, huge factor, but not so much when comparing to the Pro 3.
  • I wasn't talking about the Type Cover, though. I was saying that if you want the 4 GB of RAM (I would) and the pen, you're nto far from the i3 SP3's price. It's still $150 less for this thing, but until I see testing that shows it to run reasonably well, I would definitely hold off.
  • The base Surface 3 model is 2GB with 64GB of storage.  The SP3 starts with 4GB and 64GB of storage, so you are giving up 2GB of RAM for the Surface 3 in comparison.  The price difference including the pen with the Surface 3, and you are looking at a $250 difference to get 2GB more RAM, a better processor, and bigger screen with the SP3.  The Surface 3 4GB model has 128GB of storage for $599.  If you compare that to the base SP3, yes it is only $150 difference (including the pen), but you are getting 64GB less in storage on the SP3.  Bumping up to the next SP3 model, you get 4GB of RAM and 128GB but that is $999 (with the i5 processor).  So, including the pen with the Surface 3, and you are looking at a $350 difference for the same RAM and storage.
  • I bet the price goes down in the next couple of months
  • bingo! and that's what I will be waiting for ;D come July these bad boys will go on sale for the back to school term!
  • I feel like the three positions on the S3 is better than the unlimited positions of the SP3 simply because the kickstand oh the SP3 gets so much stress because it doesn't ever "lock" in place. Maybe it's just mine.
  • Valid point. I'll have to see it myself but you might be on to something there.
  • I haven't tried the SP3 but this sounds like a smart conclusion.
  • Well, I don't believe the kickstand on the SP3 is supposed to withold so much pressure that it would make it a problem. You're NOT meant to rest your hands or put as much amount of pressure in it as you'd in a piece of paper (and I'm assuming here that such a pressure on the screen can ever be justified by drawing on the SP3).   The SP3 has a pretty sturdy hinge, I don't think stress is a problem unless you use your device incorrectly (ie in a way it was not designed to be used).
  • Exactly. Why remove the super crazy flexible kickstand?
  • Model differentiation & probably cost. Pro needs to have a few tricks up its sleeve to be worth the extra coin
  • I have to disagree. I much prefer the "unlimited" angles from the SP3. Its design already accounts for any stress it would receive normally. Obviously it does not account for not normal usage like pushing down on it or things like that.   I am almost sure the main reason they wait with 3 stops was to save costs and make it even more affordable.
  • Also gives the Pro 3 another tick mark on the comparison list.
  • I'm personally looking forward to the SP4 but for my parents who both have first gen RTs, this is looking like a great option to upgrade. Hopefully they'll offer some sort of trade in deal, especially considering RT devices aren't getting the full upgrade to 10.
  • You can currently trade in a Surface RT for like $80 towards a Surface Pro 3...so don't expect any thing more than that towards a Surface 3 or Surface Pro 4.
  • Even i am thinking of same thing? Where i could trade in my surface RT 1 ?
  • Can't wait to ditch my gimped RT 1
  • I thought an earlier article stated you could charge the Surface 3 with either proprietary (for faster charge) or microUSB (for convenience). Is that true?
  • Well the only difference is in the power the charger puts out. No reason it wouldn't be true, phone chargers tend to be lower power so it would take longer to charge vs the surface charger.
  • the "proprietary" charger is a 13W micro USB charger.. it uses the same micro usb port that you would use with a cellphone charger (normaly they are 5W) As an example the iPhone and the iPad uses the same connection.. the difference is in the charger output.. the iphone have a 5W charger and the iPad a 10W...
  • Exactly.  It's just a 2.6 Amp USB charge adapter.  That is higher than most USB chargers, but they aren't uncommon either.  You can probably get them all over Amazon for $10.  Something like this for example... http://www.amazon.com/Charger-Foldable-PowerIQ-Technology-Motorola/dp/B00B8L36A6/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1427826330&sr=8-7&keywords=usb+wall+charger
  • Really glad to see they stuck with 3:2 for the display! More manufacturers need to adopt this! This is quite tempting, ill have to take a look at it in store when I get a chance.
  • The S3 has autofocus on the rear camera, the SP3 does not have auto focus. Lots of people where pissed off about this, me included to a certain degree.. At least they are listening.
  • I have used the cameras on my SP3 exactly once, didn't notice. But now I am pissed to learn that.
  • I would wait a performance review, to see if matlab run well on atom x7
  • I'm really tempted to replace my Surface 2 now, but knowing that Windows 10 launches in a few months with support for things like 4K screens and Windows Hello makes my better judgment tell me to wait for the Surface Pro 4. Oh, first-world problems.
  • Do you believe that S3 front camera is Windows Hello compatible?
  • Would be pretty disappoinitng if it doesn't.
  • Sounds exciting!
  • I would guess not, as Hello requires an IR camera.
  • I just bought a Toshiba Write 2 from Microsoft, back it goes.
  • No.
  • No.
  • Did I miss this in the article? 8.1 a positive, just read it on Microsoft's site.
  • In the previous article it mentioned that it comes with Windows 8.1but can be upgraded to 10.
  • No, but it will upgrade for free when Windows 10 is released.
  • Ships with 8.1, update to 10 is free for first year after it RTMs. RT is no more.
  • Thank you WCenteal for fulfilling our request :)
  • Surface 3 is 32bit system right?
  • 64
  • But 64 bit, 2GB ram model?
  • Yes.  64 bit for both 2GB and 4GB model.
  • The execution is still being doubled at the processor level doesn't matter if 2GB or 4GB with x64 Its the new Atom cherry trail processors they are going full 64bit from now on. As Android now has full 64bit support and these atoms are also being put on android tablets, makes sense. anyway I was looking for comparisons on these new Atom x5 and x7 with the new Intel Core M and the old Atom Baytrail (think dell venue 8 pro) and this Atom x7 is no joke. Some benchmarks have it scoring higher than the new Core M for comparison on GPU, the older Baytrail Atoms had 4 EU (Execution Units) for the Intel HD graphics, this Atom x7 has 16 EU! with that they can lower the frequency on the GPU clock and still get almost triple the power
  • "The execution is still being doubled at the processor level." If I'm understanding you correctly, that isn't how it works.  You statement makes it sound like the processor is executing twice as many instructions as it would if it were 32 bit.  In other words, twice the workload.  That is NOT the case.  64 bit simply allows larger memory address numbers which allows the CPU to understand systems with larger amounts of memory.  It doesn't make the execution of commands any faster.  In fact, 64 bit is often slightly slower than 32 bit due to the overhead of dealing with larger 64 bit memory address numbers.  Of course for systems and software that require large amounts of RAM, 64 bit is very useful and the performance advantage of that extra RAM quickly outweighs the overhead of 64 bit processing. EDIT: after re-reading your post I'm probably misunderstanding what you are trying to say.  However, I'll leave this here anyway because a lot of people seem to think that 64bit is faster than 32bit when that is really not the case.
  • I wish it had a USB type C port that could also be used for charging.
  • USB-Type C is for the future for Intel Core M and better CPU's and I think Atom Cherry Trail won't support it, the reason?  The speed, in USB 3.1 you get 10Gbit/s, which probably needs more power to allow that speed on an external device like a portable USB 3.1 drive. With that said, Cherry Trail allows ATOM devices to have USB 3.0 speeds which are 5 Gbit/s (half speed of USB 3.1) and devices with 4GB of memory.  This is a huge improvement over Atom Clover Trail or Bay Trail devices which only supported USB 2.0 and 2GB of max memory.(32-bit vs 64-bit CPU).  
  • But USB type C can be used with USB 3.0 5gbps controllers.
    See: Apple's new MacBook, which has USB type C but it is NOT USB 3.1
  • True, but that's what makes the implementation in the MacBook so disappointing: All of the drawbacks of a new incompatible connector with none of the benefits of USB 3.1.
  • Now my question is wth were the surface and surface 2 priced so high
  • At least two reasons... 1) Surface 1 and 2 are based on older technology and technology gets cheaper as it advances.  Back then, hardware at this level (a good enough x86 CPU) was not available at this price point.  However, now ATOM processors are in the same price range as ARM so ARM isn't really cheaper anymore for a tablet size device. 2) Most of the cost of the device is in the parts that Surface 1, 2, and 3 would share anyway.  For example, the screen, battery, mainboard, shell, etc.  The parts that are different (CPU/SOC) are nearly identical in cost these days and only a small part of the overall cost. 
  • Does this Surface 3 have an active digitiser seeing that there is a pen available and that the pen for the SP3 can also work with it?
  • Yes, it can use the sam SP3 pen
  • Same digitizer technology as SP3.
  • It's 609 in the Netherlands. A ripoff! You can buy a 128gb in the US for that!.
  • It's all due to VAT, the US price is without taxes, while in the Netherlands it probably includes them. Do the math.
  • No, it's not VAT's fault. Because $499 now are around 490€. 490€ plus 25% of VAT (and the Netherland's VAT is lower) isn't 610€. And when $699 was 500€, VAT didn't hicked it to 700€.   Microsoft loves to rip-off Europe. That's just a simple fact.
  • Let's also not forget about import duties... As for MS ripping off Europe, I seem to recall ordering some Lumia vehicle accessories from Europe because they were cheaper to order from there and have it shipped to the US than to buy the same thing in the US. So it goes both ways.
  • Maybe it's because the EU funneled in over €1 Billion into their budget because of fines to Microsoft. Maybe they are trying to recoup some of that.  Keep in mind that none of the fines that were paid went to any companies that may have been affected by thier practices. 
  • Same in Portugal. Then again, we're always screwed by Microsoft in Europe when it comes to prices too (look at the Xbox One for another example).   I mean... bought my i5 SP3 for 700€ in Redmond. It doesn't get more ridiculous than that.
  • That isn't Microsoft's fault.  Perhaps a business in the Netherlands should create and sell something like this instead of importing from and taxing outside companies. 
  • They should put Zeiss optics in the surface pro 4. Lol
  • Im extremely happy with the Surface 3.Its exactly like the Surface Pro 3 albeit minus the pro
  • Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy
  • Nicely done.
  • I think its pretty safe to say M$ would have gone this route originally if the tech was there to support it.  Though i have only ever owned the pro versions, 1 and 3, I could have easily gone with this to give me mobility and never looked back.  Pair this with a more powerful desktop at home.  Or given how you use it you dont actually need anything else.
  • I would like to upgrade to Surface 3, yeah. Is that processor powerful enough?
  • x86 right not ARM?
  • That's what their official site indicates.
  • Edit: Now after thinking about it for a bit, the Type Cover isn't really needed. I got the Type Cover with my first Surface and never really used it. So minus the Type Cover and get the higer spec version and your looking at $599, plus $50 for the pen, definitely need that. So $650 with some quite good specs, not too bad.
    The thing that bugs me a bit though is the fact that the price gets super high when you add the Surface Pen and Type Cover. $499 + $129 + $59 = damn, $700...
    And that's for the base model. If you want the higher spec non-LTE add another $100, and go up from there. No one said it was a 'budget' device, but man, that's up there.
  • This thing has very competitive pricing in relation to an iPad, but with any other Windows 8.1 Atom tablets, it is kind of expensive. 
  • I plan on just getting the higher spec 4 gb model and then just holding off on the pen and cover, hopefully find one of them at a lower price. 
  • I'd like to see something like: $479 - bare $529 - w/keyboard (special bundle price) $29 - pen $69 - keyboard In my cynical mind, I see Microsoft trying to find a way to make the kickstand detachable - so they can charge an extra $75 for it!
  • Making way for a surface mini
  • I wonder if it'll do web apps.
  • Richard, if this is releasing in India will it will same price or not ? Any chance of price change ?
  • Best option : LTE
  • I am begging you please get rid of the mobile metro pcs ad. That' a messed up way to get ad clicks. Force you to click on the ad to even view an article. It pops up in the middle of the screen on mobile and forces you to click on it.a
  • Not seen that personally (I'm in the UK for one) but I'll pass your feedback along.
  • Also never seen that here in NL, just to back you up Richard :)
  • Yea it's annoying as hell
  • THIS!!!! Dear God....this ad is extremely annoying!!! It fills the screen and forces you to scroll it away before it disappears and allows you to read on. Glad to see I'm not the only one.
  • I just pre-oredered it. I think the size and lightness will be a welcome on business trips. I had an SP3 I liked it alot but sold it. I am looking forward to this product. 
  • How do people think it compares to the ASUS Transformer T100? That goes for about £/$150 less with a keyboard.
  • ^This
  • Differences are Processor speed, pen input, probably screen, but not sure how much of a difference that is. Since I want pen input, the T100 is no good for me.  But if you don't need the pen and don't mind a slower processor the T100 is probably fine. 
  • Cannot believe you did not even mention about FANLESS....
  • Atom
  • How about. Surface 3 to Asus T100 chi comparison
  • I like it... If only the screen were larger, like spro3
  • Surface 3 seems to be a good deal to me!
  • I have a Surface Pro 3 but can see myself buying a Surface 3 for my son
  • Hope they further reduce the price of Surface Pro 3.
  • All is nice and promising in the windows website.. until they compair it with an iPad. I think anyone by now knows that it a full on computer and not only a tablet, why the need for a comparison? This whole concept really reminds me of the old mac-windows youtube videos with apple being the cool guy and microsoft the nerd/looser. Can we move on already? I can't think that a single person would want to buy an iPad and after seeing MS's Surface 3 webpage saying '' oow that is what I wanted from the start'' what are you thinking MS?!
  • Unfortunately, Everyone doesn't know.
  • I wish it was thinner like 6.7 mm
  • Does the micro USB have any functionality other than charging?
  • I think this would be a good option for my wife, as she doesn't do anything other than browse the web and watch videos/movies. My only concern is how well that Atom will handle video processing.
  • The Surface 3 uses the new Cherry trial Intel Atom CPU the graphics that come with them are 2 times as fast as was on the previous class ATOM CPU's. so I think it will run Microsoft store games and Netflix, Hila plus and Amazon prime video's just fine. the Surface 3 will be good general MS office user business and consumption tablets. however if you want to do a lot of Multitasking you had better buy the more expensive Surface 3  with at least 4 gigs of ram.  
  • Way expensive for a 10" atom
  • Name me one computer at that price point that posesses a N-Trig Digitizer, Full HD+ Display and a beautiful aluminum enclosure ;)
  • If it came the pen/keyboard and I didn't need a magnifying glass for the 10" to see the HD screen i would agree. 10" is too small for a PC. Give people a REASON not to buy an iPad, not just another option.
  • Too bad is not coming to Mexico, It will be available in US, Spain, UK, Australia but not Mexico, this is sad.
  • I like the micro USB charger a lot, wish the SP3 had that.  But I think it is really expensive for 2GB ram, atom, etc I think they should have stuck to the pro line, at this price point they aren't that competitive.  MS partners have a lot of great devices for the same price or less
  • Sure it's less than a pro but not even close to being competitive in the atom tablet market. You are(or maybe you aren't) paying for the name.
  • This is what I have been waiting for, something to take into a meeting with OneNote. The SP3 could of course, but I have a working laptop that I like, I just needed something for notes.
  • I was a little disappointed it doesn't come with office included like the earliest versions. You me have to get a subscription.
  • I think they stopped last year from announcing this tablet because it wasn't deferent from the SP3 that much and after a year they announced it with no much deference at all Microsoft Microsoft this is you sadly
  • That was surface mini, which used the lowly arm processor. This uses atom. Sadly,I find your lack of reading skills surprisingly inadequate
  • Sadly you are too stupid to know surface mini and surface are the same thing because its smaaaaler and the processor deference is not that big deal because its weaker and what should be deferent is features
  • Despite the other guys rudeness, the surface and the surface mini were supposed to be two different things. The mini would have been even smaller than this.
  • You know this because you are ..........
  • .... Because countless articles talking about it said it was a mini tablet. You know the surface 3 and the surface mini are *the same* because YOU are.....?
  • I know that 10 inch is smaller than 12 and i think I'm smart enough to know that mini or not ,smaller is the idea that Microsoft was thinking about so they can make it more affordable but they stopped because Stephen elop said it was not different enough from surface pro 3 and look at it now the only difference is weaker speca
  • Your Roman name would be Doofus Maximus.
  • I don't get it.  I have a very good friend in Rome called Doofus Maximus.   That aside.  If I recall.  The Surface Mini was supposed to have been a sub-10 inch tablet of some variety.  The Surface 3 doesn't appear to have stemmed from that rumor.
  • Can install applications like iTunes on the desktop? Cant with Surface 2.
  • iTunes? *choke*
  • LOL +1 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • That was literally the best thing about RT. No iTunes!
  • LTE is really the only draw. I tether so I'm good with my Pro 3. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I just want a surface 3 as a secondary computer, since its a tablet/laptop combo kinda (even though my Envy x360 is too, its 15.6" so its huge), so maybe if it goes on a little discount (maybe
  • What makes this not "pro"? Its clearly not RT
  • It's not running a desktop-class processor like Intel iX processors.
  • Is a Surface 3 practically just a cheaper Surface Pro 3 with the size and shape of a surface pro (1/2)?
  • It bothers me how they keep changing things around. I'd prefer it if they kept things more consistent
  • I still wonder if the screen is optically bonded like on the Pro 3. That's essential for pen accuracy
  • I read that it in one of the reviews today - the writing should be top notch
  • Wish it was 12 inches :(
  • "It's a tough ask."  No, Richard, it's a tough *question*.  Why do you hipsters feel the need to change the English language?
  • What about Russian market? Will Microsoft bring this version to the Russian market? By the way. If I buy surface 3 from the US then can I rely on 1-year warranty?
  • I wish Microsoft had thrown in the Type cover and Pen as part of the deal. 500 dollars is steep for an atom CPU tablet but it is afordable. It uses the 8700 Intel Cherry trail atom CPU and they can access and use 8 gigs of  LDPDDR3 ram and Video processing is said to be twice as fast as previous Atom CPU's. this will be a good general tablet that will run MS office with out a hickup, run flash video, HTML5 video, Netflix, HULU PLUS, Amazon Prime video's ect.. if you want to do a lot of multitasking you have to buy te higher priced Surface 3.it seems to get a full surface 3 with type cover and pen and more ram memory for multitasking and more hard drive to store data on it will set you back 700 to 800 dollars not a cool price wise. The upside is this is a state of the art no none sense non bloat ware tablet. Hmm perhaps Microsoft will make cheaper polycarbonate plastic Atom tablet using the intel Atom 8500 CPU with 4 gigs of ram and 64 gigs of main memory. hey girls you could get a pink tablet or a RED, Blue, Purple, orange, green and yellow one TOO. Yoo microsoft this is not a bad idea do it no body else is.
  • Maybe they'll do a Lumia Tablet range down the track,
  • Has MS figured out how to make the Type Cover stay closed magnetically and to trigger the tablet to sleep when closed yet?
  • Not much a difference cpu wise as 1st gen hasewell was lowend. Low voltage ram/pci-e
  • The New Cherry trail Atom CPU he surface 3 uses is not as powerful or as fast as an Intel i3, i5, or i7 CPU but it can run most of the same desktop software they can. The Intel Atom CPU's are in essence low power usage mobile device CPU's
  • microsoft loves the apple-like pricing ... can't make a tablet normal people can afford can you microsoft?
  • You know I'd really love a comparison of this and the Thinkpad 10. Both have styli, 4GB RAM, and 64 bit processors. I have the 10 and would be curious on how they stack up.
  • Power is not an issue for me, (no laptop/tablet/thinkpad/whatever is going to replace my gaming computer) so I'm getting the smaller one. 1 year of free Office 365 is bonus too.
  • pricing problem - if I order an SP3 Core i3 with a keyboard and pen (from the microsoft.ca store) it is 978$, free sleeve included. If I preorder the Surface 3 (4M) with keyboard and pen it is....978$! (no sleeve). So MSFT is actually charging me more for a smaller, slower, machine?! Yes, the S3 has 128M vs 64M for the SP3, but i have 1TB of OneDrive so that is irrelevant - IMHO the S3 (in Canada) is more expensive than the SP3. Note that the new keyboard is 30$ more than the SP3 keyboard on the canadian site, and combined with that pen issue the price gap disappears. To be honest i would pay a premium for smaller/lighter/longer battery life, but not sure i can accept that potential speed differential and missing the SP3 hinge. argh, I was going to preorder tonight....
  • <p>Guys im sorry... but what does this 4G LTE support mean??</p> <p>Does it mean that we can insert sim?? and that calling is allowed??...</p>
  • So the Surface 3 at 64GB will launch at $499, the same as an iPaid Air 2 at 16GB. That's impressive, especially when you consider that I just checked Amazon and the Surface 2 at 64GB sells for $569, $70 more. Seriously, Microsoft, you missed an opportunity with the Surface 2. Here's to hoping you are doing it right with the Surface 3.
  • I'm curious how it performs with streaming things like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc... Multimedia would be my biggest curiosity with the device. I think it is a great competitor to the iPad now that RT is no longer blocking application usage. Hopefully as 10 comes out, the touch interface has better scaling options for buttons and text size rendering over variations. Also, this could have Cellular options, where the Intel devices have been limited for some time now.
  • from preliminary reports by those who have tested Tablets before it appears that the Surface 3 Tablet Computer will be a very good General tablet PC Tablet that will do MS office software well, surf the internet well, play netflix, Hulu plus , Amazon prime and flash video sites OK. be a good e-reader device, has good electronoc Pen responce for note taking and drawing on it's tablet screen..it will load ms store apps fastthe Surface 3 however will not do a lot of Mukltitasking as well as a Surface Pro tablets and will not do a lot of CPU intense video editing, Computer aided design work or high level HD video games.after reading these reports I think the surface 3 is a good tablet a businees Person and Student that uses MS office can use and also Ok for most people to use for the general things people  use a tablet computer for. people just have to be realistic and not  look at it is a Super tablet. it's bulld quality make it worth it's price over other Atom tablets
  • too expensive
  • Surface 3, because of the price