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Surface Pro 4 vs. Surface Pro 3 – What’s New?

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Microsoft held an impressive launch event for its two Lumia flagships, the new HoloLens dev kit and the fourth generation Surface Pro hybrid tablet. The Surface Pro 4 was expected to be released this spring, but instead, the manufacturer brought the Surface 3, which falls into the category of weaker tablets. However, waiting for the new flagship tablet to be released was very hard, but Microsoft worked on the product in silence, without giving any details about its specs and changes. Now, everyone is curious if the device is worth the money ($899 – the lowest price).

Dimensions and Displays

The Surface Pro 4 has a slightly larger Pixel Sense display with a size of 12.3-inch, whose resolution is 2736×1824 pixels at 267ppi, but it has the same 3:2 aspect ratio as the 12inch eDP ClearType HD screen of the Surface Pro 3, but which has a lower resolution of 2160×1440 pixels at 216ppi. The bezel around Surface Pro 4’s screen has been decreased, allowing Microsoft to keep the same width and height (292.1×201.42mm), but the new tablet is slimmer, measuring 8.45mm instead of 9.1mm.

The Surface Pro 3 weights 800grams, but the successor has two types of processors and the first variant weights 766grams, while the other is 20grams heavier.

Hardware

Inside the Surface Pro 3 we’ve seen three variants of configurations using a Haswell low-voltage dual-core processor. The weaker i3-4020Y (1.5 GHz) processor was coupled with HD 4200 graphics, the i5-4300U (1.9 up to 2.9GHz) processor was paired with HD 4400 graphics and the i7-4650U (1.7 up to 3.3GHz) processor teamed up with the HD 5000 GPU. Also, depending on the type of processor, Microsoft used 4 or 8 GB LPDDR3 1600MHz RAM and offered four variants of internal memories: 64, 128, 256 or 512GB, which supported a microSD card slot for expansion up to 200GB.

The Surface Pro 4 is 30 perfect faster with the sixth generation Intel Core processors (Skylake), using a m3-6Y30 (900MHz up to 2.2GHz) CPU which is coupled with Intel HD graphics 515; the i5-6300U (2.4 up to 3.0GHz) CPU runs with Intel HD graphics 520; while the i7-6650U (2.2 up to 3.4GHz) CPU was coupled with Intel Iris 540 graphics, for the best performance. Also, the RAM capacity was increased up to 16GB, but there are also two variants of 4GB and 8GBm while the storage starts from 128GB and the maximum supported capacity is 1TB (this model costs $2,699).

The battery life is almost the same, around 9 hours when playing videos, and another mutual feature is the Wi-Fi (802.11x) which supports 2.4ghz and 5GHz networks.

The Surface Pr 4 has a fingerprint scanner and it’s available in five colors. The Type Cover is lighter and thinner, featuring backlit keyboard and the keys are quieter. Also, the Surface Pen has been improved and now it supports 1,024 point of pressure. This accessory can easily be attached to the left side of the Surface Pro 4, which features a magnetic attachment.