Specs summary


The Microsoft Surface 3's screen is 10.8 inches with 1920 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Quad core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Windows 8.1 operating system (OS).

8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 3+ megapixels resolution.
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


Think of the Surface 3 as a smaller, cheaper Surface Pro 3, with slightly disappointing battery life but surprisingly good performance.

- Mark Hachman , PCWorld 

Reviews summary

Based on 18 reviews

What's good  

  • Premium build quality
  • Full Windows OS along with access to all apps and software
  • Keyboard attachment feels natural
  • Good contrast and brightness on display
  • Fairly robust speakers

What's bad  

  • Keyboard attachment sold separately
  • Unable to handle heavy multi-tasking and 3D games
  • In tablet mode not touch-screen friendly
  • Track pad on keyboard too small

Despite losing nearly a billion dollars on the Surface RT, Microsoft continues to refined and tweak the hybrid tablet/laptop device. The Microsoft Surface 3 is a downgraded version of the Surface Pro 3, the most obvious change being its size. It measures 12 inches x 7.4 x 0.4 inches and weighs 622grams without the keyboard attachment. Like its predecessors it comes with a magnesium alloy casing and beveled sides giving it what experts call an industrial aesthetic. The included kickstand now also comes with three positions instead of two and it comes equipped with a full USB 3.0 port.

Across the bottom is the magnetic connector where the keyboard attaches. In order to accommodate the smaller size of the Surface 3 Microsoft has also shrunk down the size of the attachment. While critics found it a bit narrow they add that it feels good to type on as the keys are responsive with a good "bounce." The downside, however, is the small trackpad. Forbes states, "…you're better off using touch to navigate around the interface." Besides the keyboard, the Surface 3 now offers stylus support. The functionality is identical to the larger Surface Pro 3. Reviewers found it fairly accurate and natural to write with though they wish Microsoft had included a dedicated location to stow it. Unfortunately, both the stylus and the keyboard are both sold separately, which upset critics. While the stylus might be optional, they add the keyboard is a necessity especially for those who actually want to use it as a true hybrid device.

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The 10.8 inch display offers a quad HD resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels for a pixel density of 213ppi. While this doesn't land it in the Retina category, experts still found it quite sharp, especially at the distance laptops are normally viewed. They also add the excellent contrast, bright back light and accurate colors make up for the slight lack of resolution. Digital Trends states, "The Surface 3's screen is incredible given its…base price." For those who plan on watching videos, experts describe the speakers as "strong" and "robust" with maximum volume loud with barely any distortion.

Although a hybrid device, many reviewers found it failed as a tablet. While the inclusion of a full Windows operating system makes is useful in laptop mode, they discovered it often was unwieldy when utilizing touch screen. They often found windows would open, close, minimize or maximize for no apparent reason. And of course, when compared to Android or iOS platforms, the Windows app store still lacks apps.

Armed with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM, the Surface 3 did not blow experts away with its speed. While they found it acceptable during light tasks such as typing and browsing the web, once they began heavily multi-tasking they noticed significant lag and hitches. They also add applications often loaded very slowly and most 3D games were practically unplayable. Still CNET adds, "…as a secondary or travel computer, it's certainly more than fast enough." Battery life is a bit better than the Surface Pro 3 with experts able to get around almost two day so life during light to medium usage.

Reviewers have mixed feelings on the Surface 3 as it offers good ideas with not so great execution. Wired states, "On one hand, the Surface 3 is a triumph. It tries to do a great many things, and does them serviceably…But…you can do better than the middle ground." Giz Mag adds, "While the Surface 3's power and screen size are merely "good enough" for a laptop, it balances things out with the most portable and tablet-friendly package we've seen in a Surface."

Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)


Offers the portability and travel-friendly package of a tablet, but also leverages the power of a full desktop platform

from PhoneArena
The Microsoft Surface 3 can be best summed up as that hybrid computing device, one that offers the portability and travel-friendly package of a tablet, but also leverages the power of a full desktop platform. It might not be razor thin, or incredibly swift with its performance, but it blends enough of the tablet and desktop experiences to broaden its appeal... Full review

A versatile device

from TechSpot

The full metal body of the Surface 3 makes it one of the best designed, most attractive Windows tablets on the market. Throw in great features like the three-position kickstand, the hidden microSD card slot, the full-sized USB port, the 3:2 display, and Microsoft has nailed the design of this tablet.

Performance-wise I was impressed with how the Atom x7-Z8700 fared in everyday tasks. While the Surface 3 isn’t the ideal device for power users wanting to do heavy Photoshopping, videos or large spreadsheets, the tablet performs well for browsing the web, accessing apps, editin... Full review


Thinner, lighter, quieter, cheaper

from TechRadar

The Surface 3 is everything the Surface 2 should have been, and a sensible alternative to the Surface Pro 3 if you don't need full Core-series processing power. Featuring a bright, clear display, an alluring magnesium-alloy build, excellent Surface Pen support and just enough juice to run your programs if you temper your expectations, Microsoft's latest tablet just about hits the spot.

Is it the best Surface ever? Not a chance, but in some ways the entry-level Surface 3 is the most appealing yet - particularly in terms of damage to your wallet if you're simply looking for the mos... Full review

What Mobile

Well priced as a Windows tablet

from What Mobile
You can do with it as you please, and everything, apart from the low-power processor, has been future proofed for the launch of Windows 10. Of course how many of those naysayers haven’t already bought another tablet to surf on the sofa and stay in touch on holiday remains to be seen. If you’re in that niche and are put off by the price of the Surface Pro 3 though, this is the slate for you... Full review
Mobile Choice

An ace Surface

from Mobile Choice
The Surface 3 occupies a very curious space in the gamut of smartphones, tablets, phablets and smartwatches. It is the srt of hybrid device that negates the need for atleast 3-4 gadgets from your bag in one clean swipe... Full review
The Inquirer

A bloatware-free convertible tablet worth any Windows fan's attention

from The Inquirer
Featuring a robust, productivity-focused design, above average display and close to untouched version of Windows 8.1, the Surface 3 is a great tablet and will serve the needs of most people... Full review

Not quite a pro, but premium nonetheless

from TabletPCReview

Microsoft made the right call by changing course with the Surface 3, especially if the resulting product is any indication. It’s cheaper than the Pro 3 and has a chipset commonly associated with budget tablets and notebooks, but it’s still a premium device. Like the Pro 3, it’s extremely well built and functions excellently. It’s smooth and stable, and performs better than its Atom-innards suggest. The display looks incredible, and the kickstand and port selection prove especially useful. All of this makes it easy to overlook the Atom processor’s limits, t... Full review


A beautiful, versatile hybrid

from TechnoBuffalo
The idea is terrific, and the execution is mostly there. But the price is what worries me the most. Yes, you get a full version of Windows, but you can find a lot of very cheap, very excellent laptops in the same price range as the entry Surface 3. You do get a free year of Office 365, which is great for students. If price isn’t an issue, the Surface 3 is a great device that’s worth a look... Full review

Supremely versatile and fun to use

from TrustedReviews
Microsoft has finally made an affordable hybrid that truly works. It looks and feels great, is fun to use and delivers where it counts... Full review

Sensible, affordable, but still on the fence

from Pocket-lint
It's a perfectly good product. A solid construction with Full HD screen front and centre, ample processor and resulting battery life, added Surface Pen compatibility (sold separately), and with full Windows 8 on board (that'll be Windows 10 come the summer), there's little amiss. Yet despite ticking all those boxes, it's just not going to be the product to suit everyone. For those it matches, though, we have no doubt there will be lots of happy customers... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date May 5, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, North America, Australia
No cellular data
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 8.1

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Quad core 2.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
64 GB or 128 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 10 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.7 x 18.7 x 0.9 cm
(10.5 x 7.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 622 grams
(22 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1920 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 214 pixels
Size 10.8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Unknown
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Unknown
Screen Reader Unknown
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Internet Explorer Mobile
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV-out Unknown
DLNA Support No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 3+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Unknown
Stopwatch Unknown
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Variations:

128GB storage model
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