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Asus Transformer 3 Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: What's the difference?

Asus recently unveiled the Transformer 3 Pro - its new Surface Pro 4 rival. The Transformer 3 Pro looks quite similar to Microsoft's high-end hybrid and here we will try to find out the differences between the two premium devies.

The two machines look almost identical but both have a distinctly angular design, come with a built-in kickstand, and have a detachable keyboard. The Asus' device is 8.35mm thick without its keyboard dock and weighs 795g, while the Microsoft's device is 8.4mm thick. The weight of Intel Core i5 Pro 4 is 786g, while the Core M variant is of 766g.

The Transformer 3 Pro is available in four colours: Stone, Charcoal, Taupe, and Amber. The Surface Pro 4 however, comes in just one: silver.

Asus Transformer will ship with a keyboard dock as standard, while Microsoft is seeking an extra USD 110 if you want to add a keyboard cover to your Surface Pro 4.

The Transformer 3 Pro has a full-size USB 3.0 input, USB 3.1-C/Thunderbolt 3.0 combination port, microSD card reader and a full-size HDMI port. Microsoft has loaded its convertible with a USB 3.0 port, microSD slot, 3.5mm headphone port, and a Mini DisplayPort. Asus has the upper hand here, with USB-C and HDMI ports.

The Asus Transformer 3 Pro has a 2,860 x 1,920-pixel display, while the Surface Pro 4 has 2,736 x 1,824 pixel display. That makes for a pixel density of 275ppi on the Transformer and 267ppi on the Surface Pro 4. The Surface Pro 4 offers sixth-generation Intel Core M, Core i5 and Core i7 options.