Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 Detailed Spec Comparison

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop is the first real laptop with a simple stylish clamshell yet powerful with multiple colors. Is Surface Laptop worth upgrading from Surface Pro 3? Let's find out here.

Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3

A new member of the Surface family, the Surface Laptop, finally arrived with the new real stylish design laptop. It’s now has a simple clamshell design with undetachable keyboard and trackpad. So it is quite different from its cousins, either Surface Pro and Surface Book series. Now there are four Surface series in the Surface family, the Surface, Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Laptop for consumers to choose.

If you are still using an older version of the Surface Pro 3 and looking for a worthy upgrade, the Surface Laptop seems to be a nice choice for you. Here is the quick specs comparison between Surface Laptop and Surface Pro 3.

1 Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Overall Specs Comparison

 Surface LaptopSurface Pro 3
Starting Price$999$799
Software
Operating SystemWindows 10 S
Upgradable to Windows 10 Pro for $50
Free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro until 2018
Windows 8.1
Windows 10 Pro
OfficeOffice 365 Personal 1-year subscriptionOffice 30-days trial
Display
Display Size13.5 inches12 inches
Display Resolution2256 x 1504 (201 PPI), 3.4M Pixels2160 x 1440 (216 PPI), 3.1M Pixels
Screen TechnologyPixelSense™ display
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multitouch
Inking: Supports Surface Pen
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated
ClearType Full HD Plus
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multitouch
Inking: Supports Surface Pen
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Internal Specs
CPU7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7200U
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4650U
Graphicsi5: Intel® HD Graphics 620
i7: Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
i3: Intel® HD Graphics 4200
i5: Intel® HD Graphics 4400
i7: Intel® HD Graphics 5000
Memory4GB, 8GB, 16GB
1866MHz LPDDR3 RAM
4GB, 8GB
1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD
1TB of OneDrive cloud storage with
1-year subscription of Office 365
128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD
NetworkWireless Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth low energy 4.0
802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking;
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Battery
Battery Size45.2 Wh42.0 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 14.5 hours of local video playbackUp to 9 hours of local video playback
Power Supply44W power supply with USB charging port36W power supply with USB charging port
Exterior
DimensionsBack: 308.02mm x 223.2mm x 14.47mm
Front: 308.02mm x 223.2mm x 9.93mm
292 mm x 201.3 mm x 9.1 mm (11.5” x 7.93” x 0.3”)
Weight2.76 lbs (1.25 kg)1.76 lbs (800 grams)
CasingAluminumMagnesium
ColorsPlatinum, Graphite Gold, Burgundy, Cobalt BlueSilver
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® for maximized typing comfort
Not Included.
PortsFull-size USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
Stereo headphones/microphone jack
SurfaceConnect for magnetic power and docking
Full-size USB 3.0
microSD™ card reader
Surface Connect™
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Cover port
Camera & Audio
CameraWindows Hello sign-in camera
720p HD video camera
5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
5.0MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video
AudioStereo microphones
OmniSonic stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
Stereo microphones
Stereo speakers with Dolby® sound
Misc
SensorsAmbient light sensorAmbient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
SecurityTPM chip for enterprise securityTPM chip for enterprise security
Surface DialOff-screen interaction onlyOff-screen interaction only
In the boxSurface Laptop
Power supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents
Surface Pro 3
Surface Pen
Power Supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents

2 Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Processor Comparison

Surface Laptop
Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
ProcessorIntel Core i5-7200UIntel Core i7-7660U
Base Frequency2.50 GHz2.50 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.10 GHz4.00 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB SmartCache4 MB
Surface Pro 4
Intel Core m3Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
ProcessorIntel Core i3-4020YIntel Core i5-4300UIntel Core i7-4650U
Base Frequency1.5 GHz1.9 GHz1.7 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency2.9 GHz3.3 GHz
TDP11.5 watt15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB4 MB

3 Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Graphics Comparison

Surface Laptop
Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
GraphicsIntel HD Graphic 620Intel Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
Graphics Frequency300 – 1000 MHz300 – 1100 MHz
Graphics Max Memory32 GB
Graphics 4K SupportYes, at 60Hz
Graphics DirectX12
Graphics OpenGL4.4
# Display Supported3
Surface Pro 4
Intel Core m3Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4200Intel HD Graphics 4400Intel HD Graphics 5000
Graphics Frequency200 – 850 MHz200 – 1100 MHz
Graphics Max Memory2 GB
Max Resolution2560x1600@60Hz3280x2000@60Hz3200x2000@60Hz
Graphics DirectX11.2/12
Graphics OpenGL4.3
# Display Supported3

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