Microsoft Surface 3 Specs & Price

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The nice-looking Microsoft Surface 3 is the direct successor to the Surface 2. It uses a new, faster processor and unlike its predecessor runs on full Windows operating system. The slate, which doubles as a PC, could better be compared to the more expensive Microsoft Surface Pro 3 than to its own immediate predecessor.

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Microsoft Surface 3

Design and Display

At just about 632 grams, the Microsoft Surface 3 takes the crown of the lightest Surface device released so far. It equally flaunts a slim profile at a thickness of 8.7 millimetres and boasts a quality, solid build that the Surface range has come to be associated with.

Magnesium is used for the case of the slate, just like in the case of the Surface Pro 3. This tablet packs a display measuring 10.8 inches diagonally with a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels. Microsoft maintained the same 3:2 aspect ratio that was implemented on the Surface Pro 3 on this one as well.


The ARM architecture processor used on the Microsoft Surface 2 was ditched on its successor. Microsoft Surface 3 is equipped with an Intel Atom x86 processor and is said to be the first device to be powered by a chip from the latest Cherry Trail series by Intel.

The entry-level model of this slate is expected to come with a RAM of 2GB and internal storage memory of 64GB. Obviously, this configuration is not anywhere near the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, but it is not as expensive either. However, the Surface 3 is a full Windows computer like its costlier cousin, running on the latest released Windows 8.1 operating system.

Additional Specs

Microsoft Surface 3 can run Google Chrome and Chrome applications. The tablet, which has rear and front webcams, is available in Wi-Fi only and 4G LTE models. For users who would like to use the device as a PC, a full keyboard, optional docking station can be bought to achieve that purpose. There is also an optional Surface Pen for the slate.

Surface 3 is provided with a battery that Microsoft says can support 10 hours of video playback. Microsoft Surface 3 features a USB 3.0 port, microSD slot and a small DisplayPort adapter.

The Microsoft Surface 3 is more or less a stripped-down version of the Surface Pro 3 and can be had for about $300 less than the latter at $499.

Pricing and availability

Microsoft Surface 3 is not yet available in Nigeria. When available, the tablet will be available at leading online stores in the country. Microsoft Surface 3 Price in Nigeria is expected to start at around N100,000.

Microsoft Surface 3 Specs

Here are a few specs of the Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet:

General Features

  • Platform: Windows 8.1
  • Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Atom quad-core Processor
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM (64GB models) or 4GB RAM (128GB Models)
  • Colours:
  • Dimension: 267 x 187 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight: 622 g
  • SIM Type: No SIM support
  • SIM Count: Zero


  • Display: 10.8-inch Touch Display, 1920 x 1080 pixels (203ppi), 3:2 Aspect Ratio
  • Display Protection:


  • Rear Camera: 8 MP Camera, Video
  • Rear Camera Features: Geo-tagging, autofocus
  • Front Camera: 3.5 MP Camera, Skype


  • Built-in Storage: 64GB or 128GB Storage
  • Memory Card Support: Yes
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: Yes

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: No
  • 2G CDMA 1X: No
  • 3G WCDMA: No
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: No

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: No
  • EDGE: No
  • HSPA+: No
  • 4G LTE: No
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: No
  • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Mini DisplayPort: Yes
  • Cover Port: Yes
  • USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0 (for charging) and full USB 3.0 port


  • SMS/MMS: No
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol:


  • Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
  • Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
  • FM Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: Yes (Dolby Audio)
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes


  • Navigation: No
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor:
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control:
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Traditional Voice Calls: No
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Surface Pen Support: Yes
  • Keyboard Support: Yes
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: No
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: Yes


  • Battery:
  • Use Time: up to 10 hours (Video Playback)
  • Music Playback:

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Microsoft Surface 3 Specs & Price was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: October 20th, 2019
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