How does the Surface Pro 4 compare to the Surface Pro 3?

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If productivity on the go is your prime directive for getting a tablet, Microsoft’s Surface Pro is most likely on your radar. Microsoft just unveiled the new Surface Pro 4, meaning it’s been a full 16 months since the Surface Pro 3 was released. It was an exciting presentation, and here are all the differences between the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Pro 4.

Display:
The most prominent feature on a tablet is its display. The Surface Pro 3 featured an impressive 12-inch display with 2160 x 1440 native resolution. The Surface Pro 4 ups the screen size to 12.3-inch and improves the screen resolution to 2736 x 1824.

Size:
Despite featuring a larger screen size, the overall size of the Surface Pro 4 is exactly the same as the Surface Pro 3, though it’s actually a little slimmer at 8.4mm compared to 9.1mm, and lighter at 766g rather than 794g. Microsoft said that it could have made the Surface Pro 4 even slimmer, but USB ports prevent that.

Specs:
The Surface Pro 3 was a powerful device, packing up to a 1.7GHz Core i7 processor and either 4GB or 8GB RAM. The Surface Pro 4, on the other hand, is “the thinnest, most powerful (Intel) Core PC shipped,” according to Microsoft. It features up an Intel Core M3, i5, or i7 (Skylake) processor, up to a massive 16GB RAM, and a whopping 1TB of hard drive space. It’s essentially a condensed desktop.

Surface Pen and Type Cover:
The new Surface Pen now features an eraser and has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. A small, but quite welcome change, is that the Surface Pen now magnetically attaches to the Surface Pro rather than requiring a loop accessory.

Meanwhile, the Type Cover has wider key spacing, a 40% larger glass trackpad and key backlighting. The new Type Covers are backwards compatible with the Surface Pro 3, so everyone can enjoy these improvements.

Cameras:
While we don’t condone taking photos on your tablet, it is the preferred device for some. The Surface Pro 4, like its predecessor, features a 5 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and ups the rear-facing camera to 8 megapixels from 5 megapixels.

Overall, the Surface Pro 4 is a significant upgrade. The display, internal specs, camera, and Surface Pen are greatly improved from what the Surface Pro 3 offered. First impressions are positive; we’ll be able to delve into the Surface Pro 4 when we get our hands on it.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is coming soon to Harvey Norman. 

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