Surface Studio 2 vs. Surface Studio (1st Gen) – Detailed Specs Comparison

Here's what you need to know what's different between Surface Studio 2 & Original Surface Studio specs including CPU, RAM, storage, display, and more.

Surface Studio 2 vs. Surface Studio 1

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Surface Studio 2

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Surface Studio

Availability
Released20182016
Release Info
  • Introduced: October 2, 2018
  • Pre-ordered: October 2, 2018
  • Released: November 15, 2018
  • Introduced: October 26, 2016
  • Pre-ordered: October 26, 2016
  • Released: December 15, 2016
PricingIntel® Core™ i7
  • $3,499 - 16GB/1TB/GTX 1060
  • $4,199 - 32GB/1TB/GTX 1070
  • $4799 - 32GB/2TB/GTX 1070
Intel® Core™ i5
  • $2,999 - 8GB | 1TB (64GB SSD) | GTX 965M
Intel® Core™ i7
  • $3,499 - 16GB | 1TB (128GB SSD) | GTX 965M
  • $4,199 - 32GB | 2TB (128GB SSD) | GTX 980M
SoftwareSurface Studio 2Surface Studio
OSWindows 10 ProWindows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office 365 30-days trialMicrosoft Office 365 30-days trial
DisplaySurface Studio 2Surface Studio
Size28 Inches28 Inches
Info
  • Resolution: 4500 x 3000 (13.5M Pixels)
  • Density: 192 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Brightness: 515 nits
  • Color: DCI-P3 individually color-calibrated
  • Color profiles: sRGB (standard), DCI-P3 (Cinema), Vivid (P3-D65)
  • Individually color-calibrated display
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • 10nm Oleophobic Coating
  • Touch: 10-point multitouch
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Supports Surface Pen with tilt activation, Surface Dial* on-screen interaction, and Zero Gravity Hinge
  • Resolution: 4500 x 3000 (13.5M Pixels)
  • Density: 192 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Contrast ratio typical: 1100:1
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
  • Color: DCI-P3 individually color-calibrated
  • Color profiles: sRGB (standard), DCI-P3 (Cinema), Vivid (P3-D65)
Internal SpecsSurface Studio 2Surface Studio
Processor
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7820HQ
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.90 → 3.90 GHz, 8 MB Cache, 45W
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6440HQ
    4 cores, 4 threads, 2.60 → 3.50 GHz, 6 MB Smart Cache, 45W
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6820HQ
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.70 → 3.60 GHz, 8 MB Smart Cache, 45W
Integrated Graphics
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7820HQ
    Intel® HD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1100 MHz
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6440HQ
    Intel® HD Graphics 530
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 950 MHz
  • 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6820HQ
    Intel® HD Graphics 530
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060
    Pascal Architecture, 6GB GDDR5 192-bit, 1404 → 1670 MHz, 1280 CUDA Cores.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070
    Pascal Architecture, 8GB GDDR5 256-bit, 1506 → 1683 MHz, 1920 CUDA Cores.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965m
    Maxwell Architecture, 2GB GDDR5 128-bit, 944 MHz + Boost, 1024 CUDA Cores.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980m
    Maxwell Architecture, 4GB GDDR5 128-bit, 1038 MHz + Boost, 1536 CUDA Cores.
Memory
16GB32GB
2400 MHz DDR4 RAM
8GB 16GB32GB
DDR4 RAM
Storage
1 TB 2 TB
BGA PCIe NVMe SSD
1 TB (64GB SSD)1TB (128GB SSD)2 TB (128 SSD)
Rapid Hybrid Drive Storage
ConnectivitySurface Studio 2Surface Studio
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
Ethernet
  • Ethernet: 10/100/1000Mb (Gigabit)
  • Ethernet: 10/100/1000Mb (Gigabit)
  • Xbox Wireless built-in
  • Xbox Wireless built-in
BatterySurface Studio 2Surface Studio
Power Supply
  • Internal power supply with AC inlet
  • Grip-release cable (AC power cable)
  • Internal power supply with AC inlet
  • Grip-release cable (AC power cable)
ExteriorSurface Studio 2Surface Studio
Dimensions
  • Display
    25.1” x 17.3” x 0.5” (637.35 mm x 438.90 mm x 12.50 mm)
  • Base
    9.8” x 8.7” x 1.3” (250.00 mm x 220.00 mm x 32.20 mm)
  • Display
    25.1” x 17.3” x 0.5” (637.35 mm x 438.90 mm x 12.50 mm)
  • Base
    9.8” x 8.7” x 1.3” (250.00 mm x 220.00 mm x 32.20 mm)
Weight
  • up to 21 lbs (9.56) kg
  • up to 21 lbs (9.56) kg
Colors
Platinum
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Included Surface Keyboard
  • Included Surface Mouse
  • Included Surface Keyboard
  • Included Surface Mouse
Ports
  • 4 x full-size USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB-C 3.1
  • Full-size SD™ card reader (UHS-II performance)
  • 3.5mm stereo headphones/microphone jack
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 4 x full-size USB 3.0
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Full-size SD™ card reader (UHS-II performance)
  • 1 x 3.5mm stereo headphones/microphone jack
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
Camera & AudioSurface Studio 2Surface Studio
Camera
  • Windows Hello face sign-in camera, enterprise-class authentication
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p video support
  • Windows Hello face sign-in camera, enterprise-class authentication
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p video support
Audio
  • Stereo microphones
  • Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • 8 x speakers in the display
  • 2 x speakers in the base
  • Stereo microphones
  • Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • 8 x speakers in the display
  • 2 x speakers in the base
MiscSurface Studio 2Surface Studio
InkingSupports Surface Pen
  • 4096 levels of pressure
  • Tilt sensing
  • Best in class latency
  • Paper feel
  • 0.1mm precision
  • Magnetic storage
Supports Surface Pen
1024 levels of pressure
magnetic storage
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
Security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • TPM chip for enterprise security, biometric security;
  • Interface for Kensington Lock Kit for Surface Studio
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • TPM chip for enterprise security, biometric security;
  • Interface for Kensington Lock Kit for Surface Studio
In the box
  • Surface Studio 2
  • Surface Pen
  • Surface Keyboard
  • Surface Mouse
  • AC power cord with grip-release cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety and warranty guide
  • Booklet
  • Surface Studio
  • Surface Pen
  • Surface Keyboard
  • Surface Mouse
  • AC power cord with grip-release cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety, warranty and product documents
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
More
  • Physical buttons: Volume, Power.
  • Physical buttons: Volume, Power.