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  • Display : 12 inches, TFT LCD
  • Max OS : Windows 10 Pro
  • Storage : 124 GB
  • RAM : 8 GB
  • Body Material : Aluminium
  • Cameras : Rear: 5 MP, Front: 5 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 11.5, 7.9, 0.4 in.
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi

Another variant of Microsoft’s laptop-tablet hybrids, the Surface Pro 3 (i3) may be the baby of the trio, but it comes with a solid configuration, incredible display and above average battery life.

Released in June 2014, the Surface Pro 3 (i3) tablet too, features an improved 12 inch ClearType full-HD display with 216 ppi, runs on Windows 10 with minimal bloatware included.

That said, one major letdown would have to be the Windows store. Although it has come a long way since it’s launch, it still trails behind Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, both in terms of volume and quality.

The Surface Pro 3 feels premium in every regard; it’s exterior is cool and smooth to touch, it’s thinner and lighter than it’s predecessors and it has a much better heat dissipating mechanism.

Back to the hardware, the Surface Pro 3 (i3) packs a 4th-generation Intel i3 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz backed by Intel HD graphics 4200 and 4 GB of RAM. You get 2 memory variants if you go for the Intel i3 processor: 64 GB SSD and 128 GB SSD. This processor and RAM combo will handle video chat, streaming and your lunchtime gaming breaks should go over smoothly within reason. However they could’ve done better on the storage (64/128 GB may prove to be too little memory for power users to play around with).

Ports: You get a full size USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a mini display port, a cover port and a charging port with the Surface Pro 3.

For an enhanced audio experience, Microsoft provides you with stereo speakers with Dolby audio-enhanced sound.

I know only a handful of people who use their tablet/laptop’s camera for clicking photos these days. That’s the reason why biggies like Microsoft and Apple aren’t really focusing on cutting edge camera quality on these devices, they save that for their smartphones, which makes more sense. However, if you’re among those who like to use your tablet/laptop for clicking the occasional photo, the Surface Pro 3 packs 5 megapixel front and rear cameras, and both support 1080p video recording.

Microsoft have also improved on the Surface Pen. It got a major design and software makeover. There’s lesser delay between physical input and it’s digital representation on the screen.

One more accessory that received a complete redesign is the Type cover. Typing on this cover has been massively improved, with deeper travel and speedier response from the keys. The larger clickpad now clicks with the force you’d expect from a laptop. Finally, Microsoft have also redesigned the Type cover’s kickstand, now allowing users to fully adjust it’s angle.

Want to know where this device takes a hit? Battery. Despite Microsoft’s bold claims of this battery lasting for upto 10 hours, it lasts a mere 4 hours on maximum brightness. This is a major letdown for many people out there.

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