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Surface Pro 3 vs. Surface Pro 4 – Much More than Tablets, yet Less Than Laptops

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Every new Surface Pro has surely been an improved version of the predecessor, so the Surface Pro 4 is sure to have something special in it. The Surface Pro 3 was touted as being a tablet replacing a laptop. The Pro 3 is much lighter than the MacBook Air and has great display with good handwriting abilities. However, the battery life is not so good and you need to pay additionally for a Type Cover. However, the new Intel Core M Broadwell CPU will probably power the new Microsoft 4, with the Windows 10 coming in some time later. It could result in a two in one with a touch laptop and tablet. Surface Pro 4 could be released anytime from March to October 2015 and it will bring in some brand new features. It will also be one of the first devices to ship with the new Microsoft OS pre loaded in it.

Size and Compatibility

The Surface Pro 3 comes with a 12-inch display, which is the biggest so far. As for the Surface Pro 4, it is expected that it will come in two sizes, one being a 12-inch display and the other a little larger at 14 inches. As for the rest of the design, the Type covers of the Pro 3, the power and Ethernet adapter, etc. and the docking station of the Pro 3 will all be compatible with the Pro 4 as well.

However, with the Core M chips now being available in the 5th generation, the new Surface Pro 4 uses the Broadwell Y CPU, making it much slimmer than the Pro 3. The new Pro 4 will also be fanless, though it retains compatibility with the accessories of its predecessors.

Storage – What’s New in the Pro 4

In all likelihood, the Pro 4 will come with the same storage options of the Pro 3 and will have 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB and 500 GB. However, it is also expected that Microsoft could also be introducing a 1 TB option as well this time around. According to latest reports, it will run on Windows 10, will have a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels, combined with 1 TB storage and 16 GB RAM. In addition, it will also feature Xbox games streaming. In addition, there might also be some new accessories, due to the acquisition of the N Trig by Microsoft. On the other hand, the Pro 3 comes with the same resolution of 2160 x 1440 on a 12-inch screen.

Pro 3 – The Good and the Bad

As for the Pro 3, it is slimmer and lighter when compared to previous versions and it comes with a 12-inch display. The kickstand is new and is simple to set up or use. The keyboard cover is also excellent and the device has been optimized for using the digital pen that is included.

However, you will have to pay additionally to buy the keyboard cover. The Pro 3 can be considered as an excellent tablet but it cannot be a replacement for a laptop. The new Surface Pro 4 will probably fill in the gaps and offer a unified device that could be a tablet and a laptop at once. The starting price of the Pro 3 is around $799 with 64 GB storage and Inter Core i3, CPU. The new kickstand along with the touch covers lets you work at various angles. You will have to pay around $1299 in case of the upgraded Core i5 with 256 GB of storage, and an additional amount of $129 for the type cover.

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