Microsoft Surface RT  vs Pro 3 

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Released October, 2012

Microsoft Surface RT

  • 10.6"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows RT
Front view of Microsoft Surface RT
8.3 Out of 10
Fortunately, battery life was a huge success on Microsoft Surface, with fantastic longevity which puts it among some of the longest-lasting tablets money can buy.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2013)
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Released June, 2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

  • 12"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 3
8.8 Out of 10
The twin stereo speakers crank out impressive sound given how thin the Surface 2 is; volume is good, treble is clear and details are crisp.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Surface RT vs Surface Pro 3

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 

TabletRocket recommends the Microsoft Surface Pro 3  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Surface RT vs Pro 3

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
3.8 fps
Surface Pro 3
48.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Surface RT
11.5 fps
Surface Pro 3
107.5 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Microsoft Surface RT

Reasons to consider the
Microsoft Surface RT

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Much longer battery life 8 hour vs 3.77 hour More than 2x longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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Much faster graphics 48.8 fps vs 3.8 fps More than 12.8x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Significantly more RAM 8 GB vs 2 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Much thinner 9 mm vs 13.5 mm Around 35% thinner
Bigger screen 12" vs 10.6" Around 15% bigger screen
Significantly more expandable storage 2,048 GB (SDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
Significantly sharper screen 216 ppi vs 147 ppi More than 45% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution front camera 5 MP vs 1.3 MP More than 3.8x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Lighter 798 g vs 903 g More than 10% lighter
Significantly higher resolution 2160 x 1440 vs 1366 x 768 Around 3x higher resolution
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 2 MP 2.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Newer Jun, 2014 vs Oct, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Smaller 201 x 292 x 9 mm vs 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm More than 15% smaller
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

Surface RT  vs Pro 3 

7.0
7.9
The 10.6-inch display is small, especially for a full Windows laptop, but it's crisp and bright and has a full 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution.
Surface Pro 3

8.5
8.5
Currently, the Microsoft Surface is being made in 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wi-Fi form on.
Surface RT

6.0
8.3
But Windows 8 and Windows RT didn't have a fraction of the iOS and Android apps, the kickstand didn't always hold it up in your lap and not everyone like Windows 8 enough to see Surface as a real iPad competitor.
Surface Pro 3

Overall

7.3 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Surface RT  vs
Pro 3 
Size 10.6" 12"
Technology OLED Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1366 x 768 2160 x 1440
PPI 147 ppi 216 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11ac
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No No

processor

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.7 GHz

form factor

Weight 903 g 798 g
Size 274.6 x 171.9 x 13.5 mm 201 x 292 x 9 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 9 mm
Battery life 8 hour 3.77 hour

storage

Surface RT  vs
Pro 3 
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
microSD
SDHC
SD
Maximum capacity 128 GB 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP 5 MP
Rear camera 2 MP 5 MP

sensors

Has a GPS No No
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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