Microsoft Surface 3 - Features


Here’s a quick 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.



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.




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.




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.




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.



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.
  • MicroSD card slot
    Use the microSD card slot and a microSD card (sold separately) for extra storage and transferring files.
  • 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.)
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
    Plug in your favorite headset for a little more privacy when listening to music or conference calls.
  • Cover connectors
    Click in a thin, light, backlit keyboard. The Surface 3 Type Cover (sold separately) also helps protect the touchscreen.



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.




  • Windows 8.1 operating system
    Windows 8.1 provides an array of options for entertainment and productivity at school, at home, or while you’re on the go.


  • Apps
    Use the built-in apps featured on your Start screen, and install more apps from the Windows Store. Since Surface 3 runs Windows 8.1, you can install and use all your favorite desktop apps.



The Intel Quad Core Atom processor provides the speed and power you need for smooth, fast performance.


Memory and storage


Choose from 2 gigabytes of RAM with 64 GB storage or 4 GB RAM with 128 GB storage.




Four sensors—compass, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope—let apps do things like track motion and determine location.


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