The Microsoft Surface 3 is a 10.8-inch full HD 2-in-1 detachable tablet with options of a 64 or 128-gigabyte hard drive, 2 or 4-gigabyte memory and wireless 4G LTE mobile data. The tablet supports pixel resolutions of up to 1920 by 1080 and comes installed with Windows 10, although older releases ran Windows 8.1. The device lasts up to 10 hours before needing to recharge and contains a 8-megapixel rear camera. The tablet supports microSD cards for added storage capability.
The Surface 3 contains a Intel Atom x7-Z8700 quad-core processor and a multitouch display with optional input from a N-trig DuoSense active pen or Type Cover detachable keyboard. The tablet contains a full size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort, a 3.5-millimeter audio port and a charging port. The outer shell of the device is built using a magnesium alloy, which gives the Surface 3 a matte gray appearance.
While the Surface and Surface 2 both ran Windows RT on the ARM architecture, the Surface 3 switched to the x86 architecture, allowing it to run Windows 8.1 and 10. These features make the Surface 3 a cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 3, which cools itself with a fan due to its enhanced hardware and performance.