Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book differences

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Microsoft announced several new devices on its Windows 10 Devices event including a new version of the popular Surface Pro 4 device and the company’s first laptop Surface Book.

If you have followed the announcement, or maybe just heard about the two devices, you are probably wondering how these two differ and which one to pick if you want to buy a Microsoft computer running Windows 10.

The main issue here is that Microsoft has not revealed all information yet about either of the devices. While Microsoft revealed some information, other critical information have yet to be named by the company.

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This article concentrates on what Microsoft has revealed so far. We will update it once additional information are revealed by Microsoft (this should be soon considering that pre-orders start tomorrow).

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Microsoft Surface Book
Processor Intel Core M3, Intel Core i5 and i7 Intel Core i5 and i7 Skylake
Memory from 4GB to 16GB up to 16GB
Storage from 128GB to 1TB up to 512GB SSD
Graphics Intel HD graphic or NVIDIA GeForce graphics
Screen 12.3″ 2763×1824 267ppi touch 13.5″ 3000×2000 267ppi touch
Dimensions 11.50 x 7.93 x .33 in (292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45 mm) Laptop: 9.14 x 12.30 x 0.51- 0.90 in ( 232.1 x 312.3 x 13 -22.8 mm)
Clipboard: 8.67 x 12.30 x 0.30 in (220.2 x 312.3 x 7.7 mm)
Weight 766g (m3), 786g (i5/i7) 728g
Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Ports 1 USB 3.0 2 USB 3.0
microSD card reader Full-size SD card reader
Surface Connect Surface Connect
Headset jack Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort Mini DisplayPort
Media 5.0MP front-facing camera 5.0MP front-facing camera
8.0mp rear-facing camera 8.0mp rear-facing camera
Stereo microphones Dual microphones, front and rear facing
Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby audio
Sensors Ambient light, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer Ambient light, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
Battery up to 9 hours video playback up to 12 hours video playback
Ships with Surface Pen Surface Pen
Misc Old Keyboards work, interchangeable pen tips, magnetic pen storage Glass multi-touch trackpad, zero drain when laptop closed, backlit keys
Price Starting at $899 up to $2699 Starting at $1499 up to $2699

As you can see, the devices are quite similar in many aspects. Core differences include the screen size, battery, graphics and that the Surface Book ships with a keyboard attached to it.

Microsoft points out the main difference between the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 on the company’s store website. It describes the Surface Book as the “most powerful Surface laptop to handle any task” and the Surface Pro 4 as the “perfect balance of size and power for working on the go”.

This does not make a whole lot of sense though considering that the Surface Book weights less and has better battery life than the Surface Pro 4.

The Surface Pro 4 on the other hand offers up to 1TB of storage which the Surface Book does not as its limit is 512 GB of storage.

Both Surface devices are already available on Microsoft’s Store website in the US.

Now You: What’s your take on those two devices and which would you pick?


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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book differences


Martin Brinkmann


A comparison of Microsoft’s Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 devices.

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