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 line called Surface Pro 4 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 4Microsoft Surface Book
ProcessorIntel Core M3, Intel Core i5 and i7Intel Core i5 and i7 Skylake
Memoryfrom 4GB to 16GBfrom 8GB to 16GB
Storagefrom 128GB to 1TBfrom 128GB to 512GB SSD
Graphics Intel HD graphics (m3), Intel HD graphics 520 (i5), Intel Iris graphics (i7)Intel HD graphic or NVIDIA GeForce graphics
Screen12.3″ 2763×1824 267ppi touch13.5″ 3000×2000 267ppi touch
Dimensions11.50 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)
Weight766g (m3), 786g (i5/i7)1576
Wireless802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technologyBluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Ports1 USB 3.02 USB 3.0
microSD card readerFull-size SD card reader
Surface ConnectSurface Connect
Headset jackHeadset jack
Mini DisplayPortMini DisplayPort
Media5.0MP front-facing camera5.0MP front-facing camera
8.0mp rear-facing camera8.0mp rear-facing camera
Stereo microphonesDual microphones, front and rear facing
Stereo speakers with Dolby AudioFront-facing stereo speakers with Dolby audio
SensorsAmbient light, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, MagnetometerAmbient light, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
Batteryup to 9 hours video playbackup to 12 hours video playback
Ships withSurface PenSurface Pen
MiscOld Keyboards work, interchangeable pen tips, magnetic pen storage, Surface Pro 4 Type Cover available for $129.99Glass multi-touch trackpad, zero drain when laptop closed, backlit keys
PriceStarting at $899 up to $2699Starting 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.

As far as price is concerned, the Surface Book starts at $1499 while the Surface Pro 4 at $899. The maximum is interesting though as you will end up paying more for a maxed out Surface Pro 4 if you add a Surface Pro 4 Type Cover to the device. This sets you back $2699 for the Surface Pro 4 and $129.99 for the type cover opposed to $2699 for a maxed out Surface Book.

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?

The Surface Book promo video

The Surface Pro 4 promo video

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