Surface 3 features

Applies to: Surface DevicesSurface

In each box, you'll find your new Surface 3 and a Micro USB power supply, along with a Quick Start Guide and the safety and warranty documents.

Features on the front of Surface 3

Overview of Surface 3 features


Power button

Press the power button to turn your Surface 3 on. When your Surface is on, press and hold the power button to shut down. You'll also use the power button to put your Surface to sleep, and to wake it when you're ready to start working again.

Windows button The Windows button takes you to the Start screen, where you can open your apps quickly, look for files on your Surface, or search for info the web. If you're already at Start, the Windows button takes you back to the last app you were using.
Touchscreen

Use the 10.8 ClearType full HD display, with its 3:2 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1280 resolution display, to watch HD movies, browse the web, and use your favorite apps.

10-point multi-touch lets you use your fingers to select, zoom, and move things around, or you can use your Surface Pen.

For more info, see Use your PC like a tablet.

Battery life

Up to 10 hours of video playback.1

Kickstand

Flip out the three-position kickstand and work or play comfortably at your desk, on the couch, or while giving a hands-free presentation.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Surface 3 supports standard Wi-Fi protocols (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth® 4.0. Connect to a wireless network and use Bluetooth devices such as mice, printers, and headsets.2

Cameras

Surface 3 features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, and a 3.5-megapixel, fixed-focus, front-facing camera. Both cameras record video in 1080p, with a 16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen). Front and back privacy lights help make sure there are no surprises.

For more info, see Take photos and videos with Surface and Autofocus on Surface 3, Surface Pro, Surface Go, and Surface Book.

Microphone

Use the front-facing microphone for calls and recordings.

Stereo speakers

Stereo speakers with Dolby® enhanced sound let you listen to music, podcasts, and audio books.

To learn more, see Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.

 

Features on Surface 3, shown from the back

Ports and connectors

Surface 3 has the ports you expect in a full-feature laptop.

  • Full-size USB 3.0 port
    Connect a USB accessory like a mouse, printer, Ethernet adapter, USB drive, or smartphone.
  • Micro USB charging port
    Charge your Surface 3 using the Micro USB charging port and included Micro USB power supply. For more info, see How to charge Surface.
  • MicroSD card slot
    Use the microSD card slot and a microSD card (sold separately) for extra storage and transferring files. For more info, see Find storage options for your Surface.
  • Mini DisplayPort version 1.1
    Share what's on your Surface screen by connecting it to an HDTV, monitor, or projector. (Video adapters are sold separately.) For more info, see Troubleshoot connecting Surface to a second screen.
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
    Plug in your favorite headset for a little more privacy when listening to music or conference calls. For more info, see Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.
  • Cover connectors
    Click in a thin, light, backlit keyboard. The Surface 3 Type Cover (sold separately) also helps protect the touchscreen. For more info, see Surface Type Cover.

 

Inserting Nano SIM into Surface 3 (4G-LTE)

SIM card tray (Surface 3 (4G LTE) only)

Surface 3 (4G LTE) includes built-in mobile broadband capability, which you can use to connect to the Internet when a Wi-Fi network isn't available. See Set up the LTE connection on your Surface for more info.

Software
  • Windows 8.1 operating system
    Depending on when you purchased your Surface 3, you'll have either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Either way, you'll have an array of options for entertainment and productivity at school, at home, or while you're on the go.

    Learn more about features for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
  • Apps
    Use the built-in apps featured on your Start screen, and install more apps from Microsoft Store. To learn more, see Windows help. Since Surface 3 runs Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, you can install and use all your favorite desktop apps.

    For more info, see Surface devices help.

Surface 3 hardware specifications


Size 10.52" x 7.36" x 0.34"
(267 mm x 187 mm x 8.7 mm)
Weight 1.41 lb.
(641g)
Display 10.8” ClearType Full HD Plus Display
Resolution: 1920 x 1280
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multi-touch
Surface Pen support
Battery life Up to 10 hours of video playback1
RAM/storage2 2GB RAM with 64GB storage
4GB RAM with 128GB storage
Processor Intel® Quad Core Atom processor
Network (wireless) Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Bluetooth® 4.0
Ports Full-size USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort3
microSD card reader
Micro USB charging port
Headset jack
Cover port
Nano SIM card slot (Surface 3 [4G-LTE] only)
Software Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (depending on when you purchased your Surface 3)
Cameras, video, and audio 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera
8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus
Microphone
Stereo speakers with Dolby® audio
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
What’s in the box Surface 3
Micro USB power supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents

1 Testing conducted by Microsoft in March 2015 using 64 GB and 128 GB units with 4 GB RAM. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness was disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.

2 System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. See Surface.com/storage for more details.

3 Maximum display output from the Mini DisplayPort depends on the refresh rate and the screen resolution. For more info, see Connect Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector.

Coverage, service, and 4G LTE are not available everywhere.