Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3 

Released October, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.3
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
I much preferred using the original S Pen encased in the S Pen Holder Kit with its extra weight and mass making it feel much more like a actual, quality, ink pen.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)
Released June, 2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

  • 12"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Even if you didn't use another monitor, the Surface's IPS display is one of the best I've ever seen on a small Windows computer.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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Lighter 560 g vs 798 g Around 30% lighter
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly sharper screen 298 ppi vs 216 ppi Around 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 2160 x 1440 More than 30% higher resolution
Smaller 170 x 243 x 8 mm vs 201 x 292 x 9 mm More than 35% smaller
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.7 GHz More than 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Thinner 8 mm vs 9 mm More than 10% thinner
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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Much more RAM 8 GB vs 3 GB Around 2.8x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (SDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
Bigger screen 12" vs 10.1" Around 20% bigger screen
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Windows) vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Higher resolution front camera 5 MP vs 1.9 MP Around 2.8x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Jun, 2014 vs Oct, 2013 Release date 8 months later

Features Key features of the Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Surface Pro 3 

screen resolution

Galaxy Note 10.1
2560 x 1600
Surface Pro 3
2160 x 1440


camera resolution

CPU Frequency

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Surface Pro 3 

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

As expected from PLS, viewing angles are great if not flawless, with just a hint of contrast shift but only at extreme angles.
Galaxy Note 10.1

In contrast to the Surface RT's 1366 x 768 resolution display, this is undoubtedly sharper with its visuals, since every single detail has definition – whereas some jagginess was evident with the Surface RT's display.
Surface Pro 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


7.7 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
Surface Pro 3 
Size 10.1" 12"
Technology IPS LCD Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 2560 x 1600 2160 x 1440
PPI 298 ppi 216 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No


Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz

form factor

Weight 560 g 798 g
Size 170 x 243 x 8 mm 201 x 292 x 9 mm
Thickness 8 mm 9 mm


Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
Surface Pro 3 
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 3 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 1.9 MP 5 MP
Rear camera 8 MP 5 MP


Has a GPS Yes No
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
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