Microsoft held a new product launch conference in New York and launched a number of new products such as Surface Pro X, Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3. One of the highlights of the Surface Pro X and Surface Laptop 3 is the removable SSD solid state drive. At present, the Surface Pro 7 has started the official website pre-sale. So which one is better for the new Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 7? The following is a comparison of the differences between the two new products, I hope to help everyone!
New Surface Pro 7
Compared with Pro 6, Surface Pro 7 has no change in appearance except for a USB-C interface. Optional 10th generation Intel Core "Ice Lake" processor (CPU), with improved performance and support for Wi-Fi 6. The display size and battery life are not as good as Pro X, but buying Pro 7 can save a little money.
Microsoft starts at $ 749.
10th Generation Intel Core CPU
Can use Wi-Fi 6
Cheaper starting price
Relatively stronger Intel Iris Plus graphics
Short battery life
No LTE connection
ARM-based Pro-Microsoft Surface Pro X
Surface Pro X is Microsoft's thinnest Pro to date, at the cost of a higher starting price. A customized Microsoft SQ1 CPU and Adreno 685 graphics card (GPU) provide good ARM performance and battery life. No Wi-Fi 6, but support for LTE allows you to stay online anytime, anywhere. Coupled with Surface Slim Pen and Type Cover, it has become a new favorite for creators who are out and about.
Amazon starts at $ 999.
2t floating point performance Adreno 685 GPU
Standard LTE connection
2 USB-C interfaces
The thinnest Pro by far
Design of the new Surface Slim Pen
No Wi-Fi 6
Limitations of ARM itself
Beggar version is more expensive
No 3.5mm interface
Surface Pro 7 inherits our favorite Pro design language, plus minor adjustments. On the other hand, Pro X, as the first ARM-based Pro on the market, is a brand new voyage. It is similar to the former design language, plus the combination of the new Surface Slim Pen and Type Cover, optimized for different usage scenarios. Let's compare the parameters of the next two devices.
If you're familiar with the previous two-in-one Pro series, then Pro 7 hasn't changed much. There is still a standing stand at the back, an integrated aluminum body, and an infrared camera for Windows Hello. The old Type Cover is just as compatible with the Surface Pen as the Pro 7. If you upgrade, you can save a lot of money.
The Surface Pro X body is thinner than the Core i7 Pro 7 model. There is also a standing stand at the rear, but the new keyboard with pen tray also works in tandem mode.
In terms of interface, Pro 7 now replaces Mini DisplayPort with a USB-C interface, which provides more flexibility while providing an external display. Pro X has 2 USB-C ports, but does not support USB-A. Both two-in-ones come with Surface Connect interface and Surface Keyboard interface. What is more annoying is that Pro X does not have a 3.5mm audio interface. Microsoft has released a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, so wireless headphones have become the first choice.
The Pro 7 does not include LTE, but it does support high-speed wireless Wi-Fi 6. Pro X only has Wi-Fi 5, but when there is no Wi-Fi, you can also use the physical (Nano SIM) and eSIM to keep the connection.
Both models have a 5-megapixel (1080p) front camera, with some differences between the rear cameras. The Pro 7 has an 8-megapixel camera for 1080p video, while the Pro X is a 10-megapixel camera for 4K video. If imaging quality is the point you worry about, then Pro X is the better choice.
Display and ink
Compared with Surface Pro 6, the display part of Pro 7 has not changed. Or the 12.3 inch 2736x1824 resolution 267PPI square 3: 2 screen with the best ratio for the tablet. Support Surface Pen to write high-quality ink with 4096 pressure, and also support tilt to change color tone. When the pen approaches, it can be attracted to the side of the tablet by magnetic force.
Pro X's touch screen is different from the past, the body size is almost the same as Pro7, but the narrower screen frame increases the screen ratio. So the 13-inch screen is 2880x1920 resolution and 267PPI. The ratio is also 3: 2, so the experience on Pro 7 is almost the same.
The detachable keyboard has a storage compartment for Surface Slim Pen, which can be charged when not in use. If you're tired of the pen that keeps dropping from the Pro in this bag, this change will be very welcome. By the way, the Slim Pen can also be used on other Surface devices.
Surface Pro X is the first Pro product on the market to use ARM. Built-in a custom 7nm Microsoft SQ1 7-watt CPU, the energy consumption per watt is three times that of the Surface Pro 6. This CPU is basically a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx product with eight cores, a 3GHz clock frequency, and a custom Adreno 685 graphics card (GPU), not to mention supporting dual 4K displays.
GPU computing power of two T floating point performance-the original Xbox One only 1.3 T floating point-is not just for gaming. OpenGL games cannot run on ARM, and are more suitable for network and script applications. However, UNITY and Unreal engines provide support for ARM, so you can see more high-quality mobile games on Pro X in the future. No matter how good the paper performance is, you need to test it to know, but if you plan to buy it as a game console, then don't buy Pro X.
The Core i5 and i7 Intel Iris Plus graphics cards in Surface Pro 7 can run lightweight games. Don't expect to play hard. If there is Project xCloud, Microsoft's streaming gaming service is a different story. With fast and stable network connection, both Pro 7 and Pro X can enjoy high-quality gaming experience.
As far as the CPU is concerned, the Snapdragon 8cx is compared with the Intel Core i5-8250U, and the ARM has been dumped a few streets. The battery life is still acceptable, the image performance is also considerable, and the processing performance of the productivity app is comparable to the i5. Of course, Intel is now entering the 10th generation of "Ice Lake" chips, pushing performance battery life at its own pace. We are still waiting to get started testing two devices, but the ARM chip requires a virtual X86 app, so Intel's performance will lead.
Both devices have a maximum of 16GB of LPDDR4X memory. If you want to save money, Pro 7 can choose a minimum of 4GB, while Pro X can choose a minimum of 8GB. In terms of storage, Pro7 can choose a maximum of 1TB solid state drive, while Pro X can choose a maximum of 512GB. The difference is that the hard drive on the Pro X can be replaced without disassembling the entire body, but not on the Pro 7.
The Pro 7 starts at $ 749, which includes the Intel Core i3-1005G1 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, excluding Type Cover and Surface Pen. The top model is $ 2299, including the Core i7-065G7 CPU, 16GB of memory, and 1TB solid state drive. Even more expensive than Pro X.
The Surface Pro X is also available in several configurations, including $ 999 for 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Adding it to a 256GB SSD costs $ 1,299. Adding it to 16GB and 256GB would cost $ 1,499. The highest 16GB plus 512GB SSD costs $ 1799.
Choose performance on Surface Pro 7
The 10th generation Intel Core Ice Lake CPU in Pro 7 is difficult to rival in performance, and Iris Plus is not a joke. The maximum 1TB storage space can also enjoy Wi-Fi6 wireless network speed. Although it does not have LTE and such a long battery life, the Pro7 is more like a traditional device and starts at a cheaper price.
For mobility on Surface Pro X
The Surface Pro X powered by ARM is not as good as the performance of the high-end Pro 7, but it has LTE support, longer battery life, and a thinner body that is convenient for you to carry out. The new flat pen is more portable, and the 2 USB-C interfaces can also provide sufficient expandability.
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