Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4 Spec Comparison

Surface Laptop is the first Microsoft's real laptop PC with a starting price of $999. How this new Surface Laptop compared to its cousin the Surface Pro 4 with a similar price tag.

Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Laptop is a new PC device in the Microsoft Surface family. It has a stylish clamshell design without the detachable keyboard which is different from its cousins, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book. It is a real laptop with better typing experience than Surface Pro 4 and thinner than the 2-in-1 Surface Book.

In term of performance, the Surface Laptop doesn’t have dGPU options as Surface Book. However, as compared to Surface Pro 4, it comes with a similar configuration except for the new Intel Kaby Lake chip comes with Surface Laptop. Here is the quick specs comparison between Surface Laptop and Surface Pro 4.

  1. Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 4 – Overall Specs Comparison
  2. Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 4 – Processor Comparison
  3. Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4 – Graphics Comparison

1Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 4 – Overall Specs Comparison

Surface Laptop

Surface Laptop picture

Surface Pro 4

Surface Pro 4 picture
Key Features
What's newNew design It’s now thinner (8.4mm), lighter (766g), smaller bezel on the same footprint.
Better display New bigger and better 12.3” PixelSense display with Microsoft G5 chipset.
Better performance It’s now 30% faster than Surface Pro 3 with new range of 6th Gen Intel processors.
Better Inking It now supports Surface Pen with 1,024 pressure sensivity, magnet attached to the side of Surface Pro 4.
Windows Hello It's all comes with Windows Hello facial regconition as standard.
More Better 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera, new 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM.
What's missingSurface Pen is no longer included in the box.
No Windows capacity button on the screen
Availability
IntroducedMay 2, 2017October 7, 2015
Pre-orderedMay 2, 2017October 7, 2015
ReleasedJune 15, 2017October 26, 2015
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™ m3
• $899 - 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
• $1,799 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB
• $2,199 - i7 | 16 GB | 1 TB
Software
Pre-Installed OSWindows 10 SWindows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps1 year of Microsoft Office 365 personalMicrosoft Office 30-days trial
Display
Size13.5 inches12.3 inches
Resolution2256 x 1504 (201 PPI), 3.4M Pixels2736 x 1824 (267 PPI), 5M 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
• PixelSense™ Display
• Contrast ratio: 1300:1
• Aspect ratio: 3:2
• 100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated
• Touch: 10-point multitouch with GPU-based processing
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
6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y30
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB SmartCache, 0.90 GHz up to 2.20 GHz, 4.5W

6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
2 cores, 4 threads, 3MB SmartCache, 2.40 GHz up to 3.00 GHz, 15W

6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6650U
2 cores, 4 threads, 4MB SmartCache, 2.20 GHz up to 3.40 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
6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y30
• Intel® HD Graphics 515

6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
• Intel® HD Graphics 520

6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6650U
• Intel® Iris™ Graphics 540
Memory
4 GB 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
• 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage with 1-year subscription of Office 365
128 GB256 GB512 GB1 TB
NVMe PCIe 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 Wh38.2 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 14.5 hours of local video playback
Up to 9 hours of video playback
Power Supply44W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port36W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port

Surface Pro 4 with Intel Core m3
• 24W power supply with no USB 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)11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches (292.10 mm x 201.42 mm x 8.4 mm)
WeightIntel Core i5 2.76 lbs (1.26 kg)
Intel Core i7 2.83 lbs (1.28 kg)
Intel Core m3 1.69 lbs (766 g)
Intel Core i5 and i7 1.73 lbs (786 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.
• Not included
• Weight: 0.68 lb (310 g)
• Dimension: 11.61 x 8.54 x 0.19 inches (295 mm x 216 mm x 5mm)

Keyboard
• Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys
• Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12)
• 4 directional keys; Windows, Brightness and Media Controls Keys;
• LED backlighting

Trackpad
• Precision glass trackpad.
• Trackpad size: 4 x 2 inches (101.6 mm x 50.8 mm)
• Supports five-finger multitouch gesture.
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
• Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
• 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
• 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio• Dual microphones
• OmniSonic stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
• Dual microphones
• Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio
Misc
Sensors• Ambient light sensor• Ambient light sensor
• Accelerometer
• Gyroscope
• Magnetometer
Surface Pen• 1024 levels of pressure• 1024 levels of pressure
• Magnetic storage
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
• Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box• Surface Laptop
• Power supply
• Quick Start Guide
• Safety and warranty documents
• Surface Pro 4
• Surface Pen
• Power supply
• Quick Start Guide
• Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty

2Surface Laptop vs Surface Pro 4 – Processor Comparison

Surface Laptop comes with only 2 processor configurations, the Intel Core i5-7200U, and Intel Core i7-7660U. While Surface Pro 4 comes with 3 processor configurations starting from Intel Core m3-6Y30 for a better starting price point. In overall, new processors available in Surface Laptop has a better clock speed than Surface Pro 4. Especially the Intel Core i7-7660U has a max turbo frequency up to 4.00 GHz.

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 m3-6Y30Intel Core i5-6300UIntel Core i7-6650U
Base Frequency0.9 GHz2.4 GHz2.2 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 2.2 GHz3.0 GHz3.4 GHz
TDP4.5 watt15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB3 MB4 MB

3Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4 – 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
eDRAM64MB
Surface Pro 4
Intel Core m3Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
GraphicsIntel HD Graphic 515Intel HD Graphic 520Intel Iris Graphics 540
Graphics Frequency300 – 850 MHz300 – 1000 MHz300 – 1050 MHz
Graphics Max Memory16 GB32 GB
Graphics 4K SupportYes, at 60Hz15 watt
Graphics DirectX12
# Display Supported3
Graphics OpenGL4.4
eDRAM64MB
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