Surface Laptop 2 vs. Original Surface Laptop detailed specs comparison

Surface Laptop 2 offers a significant performance upgrade over its predecessor. Here we have a detailed specs comparison between Surface Laptop 2 versus the original Surface Laptop.

Surface Laptop 2 vs. Original Surface Laptop

The new Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 isn’t much different from the original Surface Laptop in term of overall design and features. However, there is one improvement that makes the Surface Laptop 2 becomes a clear successor is the device’s performance. With the latest 8th Generation Intel Quad Core processor, Microsoft claimed Surface Laptop 2 is 85 percent faster than the original Surface Laptop. Surface Laptop 2 now replaces the Graphite Gold option with the all-new matte Black that much more appealing to most users and professionals.

If you wonder how the new Surface Laptop 2 compared to the original Surface Laptop, here we have a detailed spec comparison between both devices. It will help you to decide whether the Surface Laptop 2 is really worth the upgrade or not.

  1. Overall Technical Specs Comparison
  2. Processors (CPU) Comparison
  3. Integrated Graphics (GPU) Comparison

Overall Technical Specs Comparison

There are a few differences that we can see from the specification comparison below. First, Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 now shipped with Windows 10 Home instead of Windows 10 S. It also starts with 8GB of RAM at a minimum with the same price as the 4GB of RAM model of the original Surface Laptop. However, Surface Laptop 2 is no longer comes with a free 1-year Office 365 personal subscription as the original one.

 Surface Laptop 2Surface Laptop
Announced DateOctober 2, 2018
Preorder on October 2, 2018
Available on October 16, 2018
May 2, 2017
Preorder on May 2, 2017
Available on June 15, 2017
Available Configurations
Platinum

Intel Core i5
$999 - 8GB/128GB$1299 - 8GB/256 GB

Intel Core i7
$1599 - 8GB/256GB$2199 - 16 GB/512GB$2699 - 16 GB/1TB


BlackBurgundyCobalt Blue

Intel Core i5
$1299 - 8 GB/256GB

Intel Core i7
$1599 - 8 GB/256 GB$2199 - 16GB/512GB
Platinum

Intel Core i5
$999 - 4GB/128GB$1299 - 8GB/256 GB

Intel Core i7
$1599 - 8GB/256GB$2199 - 16 GB/512GB$2699 - 16 GB/1TB


Graphite GoldBurgundyCobalt Blue

Intel Core i5
$1299 - 8 GB/256GB
Software
Operating SystemWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 S
Built-in AppsOffice 30-days trialOffice 365 Personal 1-year subscription
Display
Display Size
13.5 inches
Display Resolution2256 x 1504 (201 PPI), 3.4M Pixels
Screen TechnologyPixelSense™ Display
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Inking: Supports Surface Pen
Touch: 10 points multi-touch
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
10nm Oleophobic Coating
100% sRGB color, individually calibrated
PixelSense™ display
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multitouch
Inking: Supports Surface Pen
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated
Internal Specs
CPU
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8250U quad-core8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U quad-core
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7200U7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
Graphics
Intel® UHD Graphics 620
i5: Intel® HD Graphics 620i7: Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
Memory
8 GB 16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
128 GB256 GB512 GB1 TB
SSD
128 GB 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
SSD
Network- Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
- Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Wireless Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth low energy 4.0
Battery
Battery Size
45.2 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 14.5 hours of video playback
Power Supply
44W power supplyUSB-A (5W) charging port
Exterior
DimensionsBack: 308.02mm x 223.2mm x 14.47mm (WxDxH)
Front: 308.02mm x 223.2mm x 9.93mm (WxDxH)
WeightIntel Core i5 2.76 lbs (1.25 kg)
Intel Core i7 2.83 lbs (1.28 kg)
2.76 lbs (1.25 kg)
CasingAluminum
Colors
BlackPlatinumBurgundyCobalt Blue
PlatinumGraphite GoldBurgundyCobalt Blue
Keyboard and Trackpad- Precision trackpad: 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
- Five-finger multitouch gesture.
- Full-size backlit keyboard with soft touch feel and full 1.5mm travel.
- Large palm rest with premium Alcantara® material for maximized typing comfort.
Ports- Full-size USB 3.0
- Mini DisplayPort
- Stereo headphones/microphone jack
- Surface Connect for magnetic power and docking
Camera & Audio
Camera- Windows Hello sign-in camera
- 720p HD video camera
Audio- Stereo microphones
- OmniSonic stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
Misc
SensorsAmbient light sensor
Security- TPM chip for enterprise security
- Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box- Surface Laptop 2
- Power supply
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety and warranty documents
Surface Laptop
Power supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents

Processors (CPU) Comparison

The latest 8th generation of Intel Quad Core processor is really a big performance jump compared to its previous generation. The 8th Gen Intel Core i5 has about 10 percent performance increase for the single core and about 70 percent performance increase for multi-core. While the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 has similar performance for the single core and about 45 percent performance increase for multi-core.

 Surface Laptop 2Surface Laptop
Processor8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8250U8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7200U7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
8th Generation Intel Core i5 8th Generation Intel Core i7
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i57th Gen Intel® Core™ i5
Launch DateQ3'2017Q1'2017
Base Frequency1.80 GHz2.10 GHz2.70 GHz2.50 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.40 GHz4.20 GHz3.10 GHz4.00 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache256 KB128 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB512 KB
Level 3 Cache6 MB SmartCache8 MB SmartCache3 MB SmartCache4 MB SmartCache
# of Cores42
# of Threads84
Bus Speed4 GT/s OPI
Max Memory Support32 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth34.1 GB/s
GEEKBENCH 4
Single-Core Score3,6484,2433,3354,236
Multi-Core Score11,15712,4506,5108,489
More detailSee at GeekbenchSee at GeekbenchSee at GeekbenchSee at Geekbench

Integrated Graphics (GPU) Comparison

Even the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 model of Surface Laptop 2 is no longer shipped with the Iris Plus Graphics that we can see on the Intel Core i7 model of the Surface Laptop, we can still see an improvement in overall graphics performance in the Surface Laptop 2 over the original one.

 Surface Laptop 2Surface Laptop
Processor8th Gen Intel® Core™
i5-8250U
8th Gen Intel® Core™
i7-8650U
7th Gen Intel® Core™
i5-7200U
7th Gen Intel® Core™
i5-7660U
Intel Core i5Intel Core i57th Gen Intel® Core™ i57th Gen Intel® Core™ i7
GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 620Intel® HD Graphics 620Intel Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
Geekbench 4 OpenCL Compute Score33,32537,19021,82331,850
Base Frequency300 MHz300 MHz300 MHz300 MHz
Max Dynamic Frequency1.10 GHz1.15 GHz1.00 GHz1.10 GHz
eDRAMN/A64 MB
Graphics Max Memory32 GB
Graphics 4K SupportYes, at 60Hz
Graphics DirectX12
Graphics OpenGL4.4
# Display Supported3

Conclusion

The new Surface Laptop 2 offers much better performance (85 percent faster) compared to the original Surface Laptop. If you can manage a budget to afford the new Surface Laptop 2, that’s is no doubt that is the great choice. However, if you are tight on the budget, the original Surface Laptop is still the best laptop for the current discounted price and features.