The first time Microsoft made an impression in the tablet market was in 2012. After that, Microsoft has been making and keeping their promise for better tablets and smartphones. When the Surface series was released, users had been promised a two-in-one experience – a single device that would be both a smartphone and tablet. However, this it proved to be much more challenging than they had expected.
The 2nd Surface Pro 2 generation came with much-needed improvements. Even so, it was not enough to meet the promises made by Microsoft for a device that will unify the laptop with the tablet. However, all hope is not lost as all this might well come with Surface Pro 3.
The Pro 3 is so much more than a mere improvement of the Pro 2. It is the beginning of a significant move that takes Microsoft a step closer to accomplishing its promise.
The Display, Thickness and Weight
The Pro 2 is a device that is extremely easy to handle, thanks to its 13.4mm thickness and 10.6 inch display. It is also lightweight as it weighs 906g. While this figure is not comparable to smaller tablets, this device does prove to be much better when compared to devices such as Apple’s iPad Air. On the other hand, the Surface Pro 3 is slightly larger and thicker than the Surface Pro 2, measuring 9.1 mm in thickness and weighing 800g. It also comes with a 12 inch display.
Both devices use ClearType technology. However, the Surface Pro 3 is much more enjoyable to use because of its 2160 x 1440 pixels, as compared to Surface Pro 2’s 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.
Surface Pro 2’s Touch Sensitivity is restricted to ten points, but Surface Pro 3 utilizes latest developments that support no restrictions and multiple touches. The Surface Pro 3 also features a 3:2 aspect ratio, whereas the Surface Pro 2 has a 16:9 aspect ratio. The 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal when watching movies, but a bigger resolution overrides that aspect, making the Surface Pro 3 more preferable. Furthermore, according to Microsoft, this new ratio makes it easy for them to show more data on-screen than it was possible before.
The Surface Pro 2 comes with the following storage capacity options – 32GB, 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. They are all supported by 4GB/8GB RAM. Surface Pro 3 also comes with the same amount of storage capacity and the same RAM options – 4GB AND 8GB options.
The Surface Pro 2 has an Intel i5 processor, which affects makes it a less flexible option. On the other hand, the Surface Pro 3 comes with a variety of Intel processor iterations – the i3, i5 and i7. They have all been specially designed to give users flexible performance and pricing.
The Surface Pro 2 64GB version has a price tag of about $320 whereas the Surface Pro 3 that comes with the same memory goes for about $750.
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