Comparing Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 to the new Surface Pro 3

Microsoft has announced a successor to the Surface Pro 2. Let's see how the new tablet stacks up against its older sibling.

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The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Sarah Tew/CNET

Lighter, faster, stronger -- the Surface Pro 3 is here, and Microsoft wants it to be the tablet that finally replaces your laptop.

Of course, we've heard that all before. But at a press event on Tuesday, Microsoft laid out its case: the Surface Pro 3 is a scant 9.1mm thick, making it the thinnest piece of hardware to ever pack an Intel Core processor. It also weighs 1.7 pounds, a hair slimmer than its predecessor. The tablet's 12-inch screen sports a 2,160x1,440-pixel resolution, and a thinner optical layer, to cut down on all of that input lag between the screen and the digital pen.

Better still, the rear hinge of the Surface has been redesigned with a friction hinge that allows the tablet to lean back a full 150 degrees -- this promises to make using a Surface and its keyboard cover in your lap a feasible prospect.

Is it time to spring for a Surface tablet? Or maybe you already own of a Surface Pro 2 -- do you really need to upgrade? We'll have answers to those questions and more once we get some time to test the hardware, but be sure to check out our first look at the new device.

For now, we must be content to ogle over the specs on the comparison chart below.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs. Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
Size 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches 12.0 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches
Display 10.6-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution 12-inch, 2,160x1,440-pixel resolution
Processor Fourth-gen Intel Core i5 Fourth-gen Intel Core i3, i5, or i7
Graphics Intel HD 4400 Intel HD 4400
RAM 4GB, up to 8GB 4GB, up to 8GB
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Storage 64GB SSD, up to 512GB 64GB SSD, up to 512GB
Weight 2 pounds 1.8 pounds
Battery Life Reported 7 hours of video playback Reported 9 hours of Web-browsing
Price Starts at $899 (64GB, Core i5) Starts at $799 (64GB, Core i3)

 

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