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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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 S 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 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.

Hands-on with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (pictures)

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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 2Surface Pro 3
Size 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches12.0 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches
Display 10.6-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution12-inch, 2,160x1,440-pixel resolution
Processor Fourth-gen Intel Core i5Fourth-gen Intel Core i3, i5, or i7
Graphics Intel HD 4400Intel HD 4400
RAM 4GB, up to 8GB4GB, up to 8GB
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Storage 64GB SSD, up to 512GB64GB SSD, up to 512GB
Weight 2 pounds1.8 pounds
Battery Life Reported 7 hours of video playbackReported 9 hours of Web-browsing
Price Starts at $899 (64GB, Core i5)Starts at $799 (64GB, Core i3)