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 from.

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
  2. Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Processor Comparison
  3. Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Graphics Comparison

1 Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 3 – Overall Specs Comparison

Surface Laptop

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Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 picture
Key Features
What's newNew 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 new range of 4th Gen Intel processors up to Core i7.
Better Inking It now supports new Surface Pen with 256 pressure sensivity, tail eraser, and remote bluetooth activation.
Better battery It has 20% more battery life than Surface Pro 2 up to 9 hours.
New kickstand It has new full-friction multi-position hinge up to 150-degrees.
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
Availability
IntroducedMay 2, 2017May 20, 2014
Pre-orderedMay 2, 2017May 20, 2014
ReleasedJune 15, 2017June 20, 2014
Pricing
Platinum

Intel® Core™ m3
• $799 - m3 | 4 GB | 128 GB

Intel® Core™ i5
• $999 - i5 | 4 GB | 128 GB
• $1,299 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB

Intel® Core™ i7
• $1,599 - i7 | 8 GB | 256 GB
• $2,199 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB
• $2,699 - i7 | 16 GB | 1 TB

Graphite GoldBurgundyCobalt Blue

Intel® Core™ i5
• $1,299 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB
Intel® Core™ i3
• $799 - i3 | 4 GB | 64 GB

Intel® Core™ i5
• $999 - i5 | 4 GB | 128 GB
• $1,299 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB

Intel® Core™ i7
• $1,549 - i7 | 8 GB | 256 GB
• $1,949 - i7 | 8 GB | 512 GB
Software
Pre-Installed OSWindows 10 S• Windows 8.1 Pro
• Upgradable to Windows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps1 year of Microsoft Office 365 personalMicrosoft Office 30-days trial
Display
Size13.5 inches12 inches
Resolution2256 x 1504 (201 PPI), 3.4M Pixels2160 x 1440 (216 PPI), 3.1M Pixels
Technology• PixelSense™ Display
• Aspect ratio: 3:2
• Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
• Touch: 10 points multi-touch
• Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
• 100% sRGB color, individually calibrated
• ClearType Display
• Aspect ratio: 3:2
• Touch: 10 point multi-touch
• Surface Pen support
Internal Specs
CPU7th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-7Y30
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB SmartCache, 1.00 GHz up to 2.60 GHz, 4.5W

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 2.60 GHz up to 3.50 GHz, 15W

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB Cache, 2.50 GHz up to 4.00 GHz, 15W
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 1.50 GHz, 11.5W

4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 1.90 GHz up to 2.90 GHz, 15W

4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4650U
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB SmartCache, 1.70 GHz up to 3.30 GHz, 15W
Graphics7th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-7Y30
• Intel® HD Graphics 615

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
• Intel® HD Graphics 620

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
• Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y
Intel® HD Graphics 4200

4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4300U
Intel® HD Graphics 4400

4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4650U
Intel® HD Graphics 5000
Memory
4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
4GB8 GB
1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
128 GB256 GB512 GB1 TB
SSD
• 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage with 1-year subscription of Office 365
64GB128GB256GB512GB
SSD
Network• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
• Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
• Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
Battery
Size45.2 Wh42.2 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 14.5 hours of local video playback
Up to 9 hours of web browsing
Power Supply44W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port36W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port
Exterior
Dimensions12.13 x 8.79 x 0.39-0.57 inches(308.02 mm x 223.2 mm x 9.93 mm-14.47 mm) 11.5” x 7.93” x 0.3” (292 mm x 201.3 mm x 9.1 mm)
WeightIntel Core i5 2.76 lbs (1.26 kg)
Intel Core i7 2.83 lbs (1.28 kg)
1.76 lbs (800 g)
CasingAluminum• Mechanical features: Signature unibody magnesium design
• Kickstand with full-friction multiposition hinge to 150 degrees
• Magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
• Physical buttons: volumes, power
Colors
Graphite GoldPlatinumBurgundyCobalt Blue
Silver
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.
• Three-finger multitouch gesture trackpad
• Full-size mechanical backlit keyboard.
Ports• 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
• 1 x Surface Connect™
• 1 x Headset jack
• 1 x Mini DisplayPort
• 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
• 1 x microSD™ card reader
• 1 x Surface Connect™
• 1 x Headset jack
• 1 x Mini DisplayPort
• 1 x Cover port
Camera & Audio
Camera• Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
• 720p HD front-facing video camera
• 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
• 5.0MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video
Audio• Dual microphones
• OmniSonic stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
• Front and rear facing microphones
• Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio enhanced sound
Misc
Sensors• Ambient light sensor• Ambient light sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Magnetometer
Surface Pen• 1024 levels of pressure• Support Surface Pen
• N-trig Active Pen techonolgy
• 256 levels of pressure
Surface DialSupports off-screen interaction onlyCompatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction
Security• HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
• Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
In the box• Surface Laptop
• Power supply
• Quick Start Guide
• Safety and warranty documents
• Surface Pro 3
• Surface Pen
• Power supply
• Quick Start Guide
• Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty

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 3
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 3
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
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Graphics DirectX11.2/12
Graphics OpenGL4.3
# Display Supported3
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