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
Weight 766g (m3)

786g (i5/7)

766g (m3)

786g (i5/7)

Build Magnesium Magnesium
Display Size 12.3-inch 12.3-inch
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)

8GB (i5,i7)

16GB (i7)

4GB (m3,i5)

8GB (i5,i7)

16GB (i7)

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
Camera 8MP rear

5MP front

8MP rear

5MP front

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.

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