Microsoft is about to break a headline in the world of gadget technologies with its all-new ARM-powered 2 in 1 laptop. The Surface Pro X which is estimated at around $999 is considered a direct competitor of Apple’s iPad Pro. Though, it is considered a gadget unlike any in the market, does the Surface Pro X contains features that can outlast the prior innovative Surface Pro 7 designs?
Today we are going to study both the products side by side based on various factors. Let’s find out which particular product has a massive scoreline when it comes to performance & durability.
The Surface Pro 7
Starting at a reasonable price tag of $749, The Surface Pro 7 is going to be released on the 22nd of October. The biggest noticeable change in the all-new Surface Pro 7 is the USB Type-C port which is going to replace the existing mini DisplayPort. It means that you’re about to experience some fast charging on the all-new Surface Pro 7. It will support a chipset of up to a quad-core Intel core i7-1065G7 with Iris Plus graphics and will contain 16 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of storage space.
According to Microsoft, the Surface Pro 7 will have up to 10.5 hours of battery life which is good. As far as the look and feel are concerned, it’s pretty much similar compared to the preceding models.
The Surface Pro X
In contrast to the Pro 7, The Surface Pro X is about to hit the market on the 4th of November with a starting price of $999. As far as the Surface Pro X specs are concerned, it is a 2 in 1 with Microsoft’s new SQ1 processor equipped with an AI accelerator. It has a Qualcomm Adreno 685 integrated GPU with up to 16 GB of RAM. It also includes a 512GB SSD and it includes two USB Type-C ports.
Also, Surface Pro X has a thinner display surface with a nice view. The 13-inch display shows video in 2880 x 1920 display which makes high-resolution videos look more gorgeous and mesmerizing.
Starting with the Design
When it comes to design, The Surface Pro 7 screen features a PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a 12.3-inch screen and a 2736 x 1824 resolution giving at least 267 pixels per inch (PPI). The Surface Pro 7 will be available in the market in matte silver color or an optional jet black.
Whereas, the Surface Pro X is slightly larger than the Surface Pro 7 with a 13-inch screen. It also comes with a PixelSense display, has a 3:2 aspect ratio and a sharp resolution of 2880 x 1920 with 267 PPI. However, the Pro X is relatively sleek and slimmer in design compared to the Pro 7.
Both of the Surface Pro gadgets are equally light and weigh approximately 1.7 pounds.
However, The Surface Pro X offers a few interesting design tricks which take the lead and make the device look more aesthetically pleasing in comparison to the Surface Pro 7. It has an extra casing cover underneath the laptop to protect the Solid State Drive (SSD). Unlike the Surface Pro 7 which uses the same Type Cover and Pens as the previous Surface models, the Surface Pro X features a completely new Type Cover which includes a slot and a new Slim Pen which can fit into any charging.
Altogether, the Surface Pro X features a slightly larger & slimmer screen with some aesthetic touches.
When it Comes to Performance
When we talk about performance, here’s where both the gadgets are way different from each other. The Surface Pro 7 includes an Intel’s 10-gen Ice Lake CPUs with options for Core i3, i5, and i7 processors and it supports up to 1 TB SSD and a 16 GB of RAM. It makes the Surface Pro 7 deliver a more Laptop-like performance thanks to Iris Pro graphics.
Whereas, Surface Pro X has a Microsoft SQ1 CPU. The CPU is created in cooperation with Qualcomm which runs on 7 watts of power. A major part of its processing takes hardly 2 watts. Unlike Pro 7, Pro X has the SQ1 chips which include the CPU and the GPU both on the same chip. It has an integrated AI engine and offers up to 9 teraflops of total performance.
However, results indicate that the Surface Pro 7 is relatively faster with a Core i7 and it shows some real performance when you will run native apps on the gadget. Whereas, when we talk about the Surface Pro X, it requires running all the Windows 10 apps in emulation but will give relatively faster performance compared to other Surface Pro gadgets. With Surface Pro x vs 6, Surface Pro 6 stands no chance in front of the highly functional 10th-gen CPUs which are being sold on demand.
Are they Portable? How About Their Battery Life?
One of the best things about both the device is that they are extremely thin and lightweight. It means that you can easily fit them in a backpack along with your books.
As far as the battery life is concerned, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 has dropped its battery life from the said hours of 13.5 to a promising 10.5 hours which is the same as the Surface Pro 6. The battery life variates because of the fast CPU processing speed. Whereas, for Surface Pro X, the company has promised battery life of up to 13 hours. It makes Surface Pro X, one of the long-lasting from an outlet.
With its SQ1 chips, it is clear that Microsoft is aiming for performance rather than battery life.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs Microsoft Surface Pro X: Which One Is Better?
We have finally come to the point where we must decide which is the better option.
Starting at $749, the tablet Surface Pro 7 offers high-end configuration and will deliver quite a massive digital experience. However, for a Type Cover and Surface Pen, you will have to pay a bit extra.
Whereas, Surface Pro X takes the lead with a minimum cost of $999, again without Type Cover or Slim Pen. However, the Surface Pro X offers a slightly better configuration than the Surface Pro 7.
So there you go, the decision solely lies with you. Whichever one you wish to purchase, just purchase.