Dell XPS 13 9343 (Early 2015) vs. Surface Pro 3 – Detailed Specs Comparison

Here's what you need to know what's different between early 2015 Dell XPS 13 (9343) and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Laptop Comparison

Dell XPS 13 9343 picture

Dell XPS 13 9343

Surface Pro 3 picture

Surface Pro 3

Key Features
What's new
  • New Design It’s now thinner (9.1mm), lighter (800g), and new platinum magnesium exterior.
  • Better display New 3:2 aspect ratio, bigger and better 2K 12” ClearType pixel-free display.
  • Better performance It’s now 10% faster than Surface Pro 2 with the new range of 4th Gen Intel processors up to Core i7.
  • New Inking Supports It now supports a new Surface Pen with 256 pressure sensitivity, tail eraser, and remote Bluetooth activation.
  • Better Battery It has 20% more battery life than Surface Pro 2 up to 9 hours.
  • More Better 5.0MP front and rear-facing camera, new Surface Connect Port (charging and docking), new type cover with two typing angles.
What's missingReplace old charging connector with new Surface Connect port
AvailabilityDell XPS 13 9343Surface Pro 3
Released20152014
Release Info
  • Announced at CES 2015
  • Available Early 2015
  • Introduced: May 20, 2014
  • Pre-ordered: May 20, 2014
  • Released: June 20, 2014
PricingStarting at 799$
SoftwareDell XPS 13 9343Surface Pro 3
OS
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • Upgradable to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Upgradable Windows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps
  • Microsoft Office 30-days trial
  • McAfee LiveSafe™ 12 Month Subscription
Microsoft Office 30-days trial
DisplayDell XPS 13 9343Surface Pro 3
Size13.3 Inches12 Inches
Info
  • 13.3-inch FHD AG non-touchscreen
    1920 x 1080, 166 PPI, 60 Hz, Non-touch support, anti-glare.
  • 13.3-inch QHD+ touchscreen
    3200 x 1800, 276 PPI, 60 Hz, IGZO2 IPS, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 nits luminance, 72% color gamut, Touch support.
  • Resolution: 2160 x 1440 (3.1M Pixels)
  • Density: 216 PPI
  • ClearType Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Touch: 10 point multi-touch
  • Surface Pen support
Internal SpecsDell XPS 13 9343Surface Pro 3
Processor
  • 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-5010U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.10 GHz, 3MB Cache, 15W
  • 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-5200U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.20 → 2.70 GHz, 3MB Cache, 15W
  • 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-5500U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.40 → 3.00 GHz, 4MB Cache, 15W
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.50 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 11.5W
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.90 → 2.90 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4650U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.70 → 3.30 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  • 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-5010U
    Intel® HD Graphics 5500
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
  • 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-5200U
    Intel® HD Graphics 5500
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
  • 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-5500U
    Intel® HD Graphics 5500
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 950 MHz
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y
    Intel® HD Graphics 4200
    20 Execution Units, 200 → 850 MHz
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U
    Intel® HD Graphics 4200
    20 Execution Units, 200 → 1100 MHz
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4650U
    Intel® HD Graphics 5000
    40 Execution Units, 200 → 1100 MHz
Memory
  • 4GB8GB
    1600 MHz Dual-channel DDR3L-RS.
4GB 8GB
1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
  • 128 GB256 GB
    M.2 SATA (6 Gbps).
64 GB128 GB256 GB512 GB
SSD
ConnectivityDell XPS 13 9343Surface Pro 3
Wi-Fi
  • WiFi-5
    2x2 Wi-Fi: Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
  • Miracast capable
BatteryDell XPS 13 9343Surface Pro 3
Size
  • 4-cell smart lithium-ion
  • Battery Capacity: 52 Wh
42.2 Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 15 hours on FHD panel
  • Up to 11 hours on QHD+ panel
Up to 9 hours of web browsing
Power Supply45 W USB (Type-C) power adapter
reated at 19.50VDC/2.31A.
  • 36W proprietary power supply
    • USB-A output: 5W
    • Surface Connect: 31W
ExteriorDell XPS 13 9343Surface Pro 3
Dimensions11.98 x 7.88 x 0.35 - 0.60 in (304 x 200 x 9 - 15 mm)
Width: 11.98” (304 mm)
Depth: 7.88” (200 mm)
Height: 0.35- 0.60” (9 - 15 mm)
11.50” x 7.93” x 0.36” (292 mm x 201.3 mm x 9.1 mm)
Width: 11.50” (292 mm)
Height: 7.93” (201.3 mm)
Thickness: 0.36” (9.1 mm)
Weight
  • Non-touchscreen: 2.6 lb (1.18 kg)
  • Touchscreen: 2.8 lb (1.27 kg)
  • 1.76 lbs (800 g)
Colors
  • Platinum silver with black carbon fiber palm rest.
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Full-size backlit chiclet keyboard with 1.3mm key travel.
  • Precision touchpad, seamless glass integrated button, 4.13 x 2.36 in (105 mm x 60 mm).
  • Surface Type Cover
    • Not included
  • Keyboard:
    • Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys
    • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12)
    • 4 directional keys; Windows and Media Controls Keys;
    • LED backlighting
  • Trackpad:
    • Precision glass trackpad.
    • Supports up to three-finger multitouch gesture.
Ports
  • 2 x USB 3.0
    Full size USB (1 port with PowerShare).
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x headset jack
  • 1 x Full-size SD card reader
    3-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC).
  • 1 x AC Power
  • 1 x Battery gauge button and indicator
  • 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Surface Connect™
    Supports charging and docking station.
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x microSD™ card reader
  • 1 x Type Cover port
Camera & AudioDell XPS 13 9343Surface Pro 3
Camera
  • Front-facing camera
    Bottom-mount front camera with fixed focus lens, 0.92 Megapixels (1280 x 720 HD) at 30 fps.
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
  • 5.0MP rear-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
Audio
  • Realtek ALC3263 with Waves MaxxAudio
  • Two speakers (1W x 2 = 2W total)
  • Dual array microphones
  • Front and rear-facing microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio enhanced sound
MiscDell XPS 13 9343Surface Pro 3
InkingSupports Surface Pen
256 levels of pressure
N-trig Active Pen technology
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • Noble lock slot
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
In the box
  • Surface Pro 3
  • Surface Pen
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
More
  • Mechanical features: Signature unibody magnesium design with hidden perimeter venting
  • Kickstand with a full-friction multiposition hinge to 150 degrees
  • Magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power

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