Surface 3 features

Applies to

Surface 3.

Applies to

Surface 3.

Operating system:

Features on the front of Surface 3

Here’s a quick overview of Surface 3 features.

If you want to learn more about Surface 3, download the Surface 3 User Guide.

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 on 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 film, browse the web and use your favourite apps.

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

For more info, see:

Kickstand

Flip out the three-position kickstand and work or play comfortably at your desk, on the sofa, 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.

For more info, see:

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 Using autofocus on Surface 3.

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. For more info, see Connect a USB mouse, printer and more.
  • Micro USB charging port
    Charge your Surface 3 using the Micro USB charging port and included Micro USB power supply. For more info, see Surface Pro and Surface 3 battery and power.
  • MicroSD card slot
    Use the microSD card slot and a microSD card (sold separately) for extra storage and transferring files. For more info, see Surface storage options.
  • 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 Connect Surface Pro and Surface 3 to a TV, monitor or projector.
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
    Plug in your favourite 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 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 your Surface 2 (4G) or Surface 3 (4G LTE) for more info.

Software
  • 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.

    To learn about the latest features in Windows, see Windows 8.1 tutorial.

Processor

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. See Surface storage for info on formatted storage capacity.

For info about additional storage options for Surface 3, see Surface storage options.

Sensors

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


Features on the front of Surface 3

Here’s a quick overview of Surface 3 features.

If you want to learn more about Surface 3, download the Surface 3 User Guide.

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 on 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 film, browse the web and use your favourite apps.

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

For more info, see:

Kickstand

Flip out the three-position kickstand and work or play comfortably at your desk, on the sofa, 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.

For more info, see:

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 Using autofocus on Surface 3.

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. For more info, see Connect a USB mouse, printer and more.
  • Micro USB charging port
    Charge your Surface 3 using the Micro USB charging port and included Micro USB power supply. For more info, see Surface Pro and Surface 3 battery and power.
  • MicroSD card slot
    Use the microSD card slot and a microSD card (sold separately) for extra storage and transferring files. For more info, see Surface storage options.
  • 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 Connect Surface Pro and Surface 3 to a TV, monitor or projector.
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
    Plug in your favourite 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 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 your Surface 2 (4G) or Surface 3 (4G LTE) for more info.

Software
  • 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.

    To learn about the latest features in Windows, see Windows 8.1 tutorial.

Processor

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. See Surface storage for info on formatted storage capacity.

For info about additional storage options for Surface 3, see Surface storage options.

Sensors

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


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