Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2017 vs Surface Pro 4: What’s the Difference
After a considerably long wait, the successor of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is here. Yes, Microsoft has taken the wraps off the new 2-in-1, dubbed Surface Pro.
The new iteration is more of a tablet, than a laptop. Will it be a worthy choice of upgrade, for those who already own a Pro 4? Well, we are quite unable to answer it shrewdly, if Microsoft had incorporated some significant improvements, with this new device.
Anyway, let’s analyze the newcomer, putting it in comparison with its predecessor. Here we go!
Similarities of new Surface Pro Vs Surface Pro 4
New Surface Pro
Surface Pro 4
|Dimensions||292 x 201 x 8.4 mm||292 x 201 x 8.4 mm|
|Display Resolution||2736 x1824 pixels, 267ppi||2736 x 1824 pixels, 267ppi|
|Graphics||Intel HD 620 or 640||Intel HD graphics 512, 520 or Iris|
|Storage (RAM)||4GB (m3,i5)
|SSD Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Ports||USB 3.0, mini-DisplayPort and microSD slot||USB 3.0, mini-DisplayPort and microSD slot|
|Accessories||No Surface Pen||Surface Pen coupled for $100|
|Platform||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Fanless||m3 and i5||m3|
|Colors||Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue||Black, Red, Blue, Bright Blue, and Teal|
What’s the change, in Microsoft Surface Pro 2017?
Taken a look at the above table, you could effortlessly infer that both the devices hold pretty much same set of features and specs. But that doesn’t mean that the company has just put up a new name to the same old gadget. Let’s have a look on, what are all the changes done now.
Battery and Processor
Microsoft touts that, the 2017 model delivers charge for up to 13.5 hours of standard usage, which is 50% more than the Surface Pro 4. Well, the new tablet is stuffed with the Intel’s latest seventh generation Kaby Lake Processor. But, the Surface Pro 4 stopped at Intel 6th generation.
Alcantara Skinned Keyboard
It’s rather an expected thing. We were expecting big shift on the keyboard. Here comes the Alcantara Skinned Keyboard. Well, this high-quality clicky keyboard renders a prettier look to the new device, than the Surface Pro 4.
Next-gen Surface Pen
If you’re a creative sketcher, then the new Surface Pro is a perfect choice. Its display supports 4096 pressure points, for the new Surface Pen to effortlessly play on. Further, the new stylus is dramatically fast, with just 21 milliseconds of latency, along with tilt functionality.
Will it be naive to expect the latest Surface Pro at a pocket-friendly price, than its predecessor? Of course, it’ll be. Depending upon the configuration, you will have to pay a massive $799 as a starting price, ranging further to $1599. Whereas the shipment is set to begin on June 15th in UK.
On the whole, at this point, it is tough to predict, which one is the better choice, of the two. The Surface Pro 4 is already one of the competent lightweight laptop/tablets available right now. Will the Surface Pro outrun it? In the design aspects, it is the same as its predecessor, with some upgrades in the battery and hardware aspects.
But budget-wise, the new Surface Pro is not going to the better option. Anyhow, we’re short of some more hands-on review and performance tests, before we could judiciously answer it.