Surface Pro 4 vs Surface 3 comparison: there's no doubt Surface Pro 4 is larger and more powerful, but will consumers be willing to pay more?


After announcing Surface 3 some three months ago and making the model available a little more than a month ago, rumor has been spreading that Surface Pro 4 will be released in time with Windows 10 late next month.

Surface 3, called the lightest tablet yet from the Surface series, is a lower version of Surface Pro 3. The hybrid tablet/laptop device aims to give mobility to users with its lightweight and handy features while providing the specs of a Windows desktop. Now, gadget lovers are pondering whether they should go for this device or wait for Surface Pro 4.

Surface 3 comes with a 10.8 inch screen display at full HD 1920 x 1280 megapixel pixel resolution. The hybrid device is powered by Cherry Trail, an Intel atom processor. It has a 3.0 USB port, a mini Display port and a 2.0 micro USB slot. In terms of the quality of photos, the rear camera is at 8 megapixel while the front camera is at 3.5 megapixel. It runs on Windows 8.1 with an option to upgrade to Windows 10 for free once the operating system is released. Cost-wise, the base model, without type cover and stylus is at around $300. An enhanced model with accessories cost around $499.

Meanwhile, Surface Pro 4 is rumored to have two sizes 12.0 inch and the bigger variant, 14.0 inch, both at 2160 x 1440 pixel resolutions. It will be powered by Intel Core M Broadwell chip and in either an i5 or i7 processor with a Windows 10 operating system. The storage is huge at 1 TB with its lowest tier at 4GB RAM and the highest up to 16GB RAM. Possibly, its base model cost will be priced around $499.

Between the two, there is no doubt that Surface Pro 4 is more powerful and can at least deliver the hybrid tablet/laptop feel that the Surface family is promising. It is no surprise, though, that it will be more expensive than Surface 3. If the user is more inclined to a powerful device, then Surface Pro 4 is the better option, otherwise, Surface 3 is quite good for those who would want save a bit.