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

Key Features
What's new
  • New Design It’s now thinner (8.4mm), lighter (766g), the 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 the range of 6th Gen Intel processors.
  • Better Inking It now supports Surface Pen with 1,024 pressure sensitivity, magnet attached to the side of Surface Pro 4.
  • Windows Hello It's all comes with Windows Hello facial recognition as standard.
  • More Better 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera, new 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM.
AvailabilitySurface LaptopSurface Pro 4
Released20172015
Release Info
  • Introduced: May 2, 2017
  • Pre-ordered: May 2, 2017
  • Released: June 15, 2017
  • Introduced: October 7, 2015
  • Pre-ordered: October 7, 2015
  • Released: October 26, 2015
Pricing
Platinum
  • $799 - M3 | 4GB | 128GB
  • $999 - i5 | 4GB | 128GB
  • $1,299 - i5 | 8GB | 256GB
    Graphite GoldBurgundyCobalt Blue
  • $1,599 - i7 | 8GB | 256GB
  • $2,199 - i7 | 16GB | 512GB
  • $2,699 - i7 | 16GB | 1TB
Starting at 899$
Surface Laptop Price
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara
By Microsoft
$799.00
Was: $999.00
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go - 12.4
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go - 12.4" Touchscreen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Sandstone
By Microsoft
$699.99
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$649.99
Surface Pro 4 Price
Latest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2736 x 1824) Tablet 6th Generation (Intel Core i5-6300U, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD, Bluetooth, Dual Camera) Windows 10 Professional (Renewed)
Latest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2736 x 1824) Tablet 6th Generation (Intel Core i5-6300U, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD, Bluetooth, Dual Camera) Windows 10 Professional (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$589.00
2017 Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3
2017 Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3" Laptop/Tablet (2.2 GHz Intel Core M3, 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro), Silver (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$455.00
Was: $479.00
New Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – 12.3
New Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – 12.3" Touch-Screen - Intel Core i3-4GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum, VDH-00001
By Microsoft
$595.00
Was: $749.00
DisplaySurface LaptopSurface Pro 4
Size13.5 Inches12.3 Inches
Info
  • Display Resolution: 2256 x 1504 (3.4M Pixels)
  • Display Density: 201 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • 10nm Oleophobic Coating
  • 100% sRGB color, individually calibrated
  • Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (5M Pixels)
  • Density: 267 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Contrast ratio: 1300:1
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch with GPU-based processing
  • 100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated
ExteriorSurface LaptopSurface Pro 4
Size Comparison
Dimensions12.13” x 8.79” x 0.39-0.57” (308.02 mm x 223.2 mm x 9.93 mm-14.47 mm)
Width: 12.13” (308.02 mm)
Depth: 8.79” (223.2 mm)
Height: 0.39 - 0.57” (9.93 - 14.47 mm)
11.50” x 7.93” x 0.33” (292 mm x 201.42 mm x 8.4 mm)
Width: 11.50” (292 mm)
Height: 7.93” (201.42 mm)
Thickness: 0.33” (8.4 mm)
Weight
  • Intel 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)
Colors
Graphite GoldPlatinumBurgundyCobalt Blue
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size backlit keyboard with the soft-touch feel and full 1.5mm travel.
    • Large palm rest with premium Alcantara® material for maximized typing comfort.
  • Trackpad:
    • Larger size 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gesture.
  • Surface Type Cover
    • 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 a five-finger multitouch gesture.
Ports
  • 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
  • 1 x Surface Connect™
    Supports charging and docking station.
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Surface Connect™
    Supports charging and docking station.
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x microSD™ card reader
  • 1 x Type Cover port
Internal SpecsSurface LaptopSurface Pro 4
Processor
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-7Y30
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.00 → 2.60 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 4.5W
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.60 → 3.50 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.50 → 4.00 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y30
    2 cores, 4 threads, 0.90 → 2.20 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 4.5W
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.40 → 3.00 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6650U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.20 → 3.40 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-7Y30
    Intel® HD Graphics 615
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
    Intel® HD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7660U
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640
    48 Execution Units with 64 MB eDRAM side cache, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y30
    Intel® HD Graphics 515
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 850 MHz
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
    Intel® HD Graphics 520
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1000 MHz
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6650U
    Intel® Iris® Graphics 540
    48 Execution Units with 64 MB eDRAM side cache, 300 → 1050 MHz
Memory
4GB8GB 16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
4GB 8GB 16GB
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
PCIe NVMe SSD
ConnectivitySurface LaptopSurface Pro 4
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
BatterySurface LaptopSurface Pro 4
Size45.2 Wh38.2 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 14.5 hours of typical device usageUp to 9 hours of video playback
Power Supply
  • 44W proprietary power supply
    USB-A output: 5W
    Surface Connect output: 39W
  • 36W proprietary power supply
    • USB-A output: 5W
    • Surface Connect: 31W
SoftwareSurface LaptopSurface Pro 4
OSWindows 10 SWindows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps1 year of Microsoft Office 365 personalMicrosoft Office 30-days trial
Camera & AudioSurface LaptopSurface Pro 4
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 Skype HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p full HD video
Audio
  • Dual microphones
  • OmniSonic stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • Dual microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio
MiscSurface LaptopSurface Pro 4
InkingSupports Surface Pen with 1024 levels of pressureSupports Surface Pen
1024 levels of pressure
magnetic storage
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
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
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
MoreSupports Surface Dial
Supports off-screen interaction only
  • Mechanical features: Signature unibody magnesium design with hidden perimeter venting
  • Kickstand with a full-friction multiposition hinge to 150 degrees
  • Magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power
Surface Laptop Price
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara
By Microsoft
$799.00
Was: $999.00
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go - 12.4
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go - 12.4" Touchscreen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Sandstone
By Microsoft
$699.99
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$649.99
Surface Pro 4 Price
Latest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2736 x 1824) Tablet 6th Generation (Intel Core i5-6300U, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD, Bluetooth, Dual Camera) Windows 10 Professional (Renewed)
Latest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2736 x 1824) Tablet 6th Generation (Intel Core i5-6300U, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD, Bluetooth, Dual Camera) Windows 10 Professional (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$589.00
2017 Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3
2017 Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3" Laptop/Tablet (2.2 GHz Intel Core M3, 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro), Silver (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$455.00
Was: $479.00
New Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – 12.3
New Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – 12.3" Touch-Screen - Intel Core i3-4GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum, VDH-00001
By Microsoft
$595.00
Was: $749.00

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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
Microsoft Surface Laptop