Tip: Having problems with your Surface? Try fixing it with the Surface Diagnostic Toolkit.

Surface Pro 3 and Windows

Surface Pro 3 comes with Windows 8.1 Pro edition (for commercial customers), which includes BitLocker data protection, domain join, and Remote Desktop Connection hosting. 

Not sure which version of Windows you have? See Which version of Windows operating system am I running?

If you're not sure which Surface model you're using, see Find out which Surface model you have.

Diagram of Surface Pro 3

Not sure where to plug something in or turn up the volume? To help you get around, here's a diagram.

A Surface Pro 3 is shown from the front, with callout numbers identifying ports and other features.

1. Volume
2. Headset jack
3. Speaker
4. Power
5. Front camera
6. Front privacy light
7. Front microphone
8. Mini DisplayPort
9. Full-size USB 3.0 port
10. Kickstand
11. Windows button
12. Charging port
13. Pen

Surface Pro 3 features

Work your way

Flip out the Surface Pro 3 kickstand to any angle and work or play comfortably at your desk, on the couch, or while giving a hands-free presentation. Choose the angle that's right for you. Multi-touch lets you use your fingers to select, zoom, or move things around on the screen (learn about using a touchscreen).

Surface Pro 3 supports standard Wi-Fi protocols (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth®, and it has the ports you expect in a full-feature laptop. 

  • Full-size USB 3.0 port. Connect USB accessories—like a mouse, a printer, a 4G USB dongle, or an Ethernet adapter.

  • microSD card slot. Use the microSD card slot for extra storage or transferring files. Learn more about Surface storage options.

  • Mini DisplayPort version 1.2. Share what's on your Surface display by connecting it to an HDTV, monitor, or projector (video adapters sold separately). Learn more about connecting Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector.

  • Charging port and 36-watt power supply. Attach the included power supply to the charging port when your battery is low. Learn more about Surface battery and power.

  • Cover port. Add Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 (sold separately) so you'll always have a keyboard with you. Thin and light, Type Cover even helps protect your touchscreen while you're on the go. For more info, see Surface Type Cover.

Next-gen power for your ideas

Surface Pro 3 uses the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor (i3, i5 or i7). Choose from 64GB or 128GB storage with 4GB RAM, or 256GB or 512GB storage with 8GB RAM. Want even more storage? Learn more about Surface storage options.

Express yourself

Music, podcasts, and audio books sound crisp and clear with Dolby® enhanced sound. Need a bit more privacy? Plug your favorite headset into the headset jack. When you’re on your next call or making your next video, take advantage of the noise-cancelling stereo headphones. See Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories for more info.

And for both videos and photos, you’ll have two 5-megapixel cameras. Each camera has a privacy light, so there are no surprises. For more info, see Take photos and videos with Surface.

Surface Pro 3 back features

Make it your own

Learn about the optional accessories that work with your Surface Pro 3.

To take full advantage of all your Surface can do, you can download apps that use the four available sensors (compass, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope). If you want to learn more about Surface Pro 3, download the User Guide for your Surface (English only).

Hardware specifications


10.52" x 7.36" x 0.34"
(267 mm x 187 mm x 8.7 mm)


1.41 lb.


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


2GB RAM with 64GB storage
4GB RAM with 128GB storage


Intel® Quad Core Atom processor

Network (wireless)

Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Bluetooth® 4.0


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)


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
Stereo speakers with Dolby® audio


Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor

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 Troubleshoot connecting Surface to a second screen.

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