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Surface Pro 3 vs. Surface Pro 2 Spec Shootout

Microsoft took the wraps off of the Surface Pro 3 this morning in New York City, and it’s time to take a look and see just how much things have changed since last year’s Surface Pro 2.

At first glance you can see a lot of things stayed the same such as storage capacity, but when you get down to the dimensions and weight, some sort of weird alchemy happens. How Microsoft ended up making the Surface Pro 3 larger while reducing its weight is some form of alchemy to be sure. The pixels per inch went up slightly, but at a 12-inch screen it may be more noticeable.

While specs are always fun to look at, the proof is always in the day to day use of a device, and from what we’ve seen so far, that is where the true changes in the Surface Pro 3 reside.

Take a look through the specs and let us know what you think of the changes Microsoft made in the comments below!

Microsoft - Surface Pro 2 Microsoft - Surface Pro 3
Display Size 10.6-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (208 ppi) 12-inch, 1440 x 2160 pixel display (216 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1440
Resolution Y 1920 2160
Display Type ClearType Full HD display ClearType Full HD
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro Windows 8.1 Pro (at launch)
Processor 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U 4th-generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7
RAM 4GB or 6GB 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
Main Camera (Back) 720P 5MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 720P 1080p
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 42 W-h 36 W-h
NFC No No
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Cover Port
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • USB 3.0
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Cover port
  • USB 3.0
  • Mini DisplayPort
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Height 6.81 inches (17.30 cm) 7.93 inches (20.14 cm)
Width 10.81 inches (27.46 cm) 11.5 inches (29.21 cm)
Depth 0.53 inches (13.5 mm) 0.36 inches (9.1 mm)
Weight 907 g (31.99 oz) 800 g (28.22 oz)
Colors N/A N/A
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A
In The Box N/A N/A

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...