Powerful 2-in-1 Surface

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Last-gen Pro model

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The refreshed Surface Pro 7 continues the design trend we've become accustomed to, yet it's now been outfitted with a USB-C port for improved connectivity. 10th Gen Intel Core "Ice Lake" processor (CPU) options and LPDDR4x RAM add performance to a 2-in-1 that was already quite speedy. You will pay more for the Pro 7, though, which still makes the Pro 6 attractive to many people.

From $749 at Microsoft


  • 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs and LPDDR4x RAM for improved performance
  • USB-C port for added connectivity
  • Can be used with older Type Covers
  • Same svelte design with high-res touch display
  • Ready for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity


  • Costs more than the Surface Pro 6

The Pro 6 is still a solid 2-in-1 option despite the Pro 7's release. It's available at a lower price, yet it has the same high-res touch display and similar design (save the USB-C port) as the newer model. If you don't mind 8th Gen Intel Core CPU with LPDDR3 RAM performance and a lack of Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, it will save you a good chunk of change.

From $699 at Microsoft


  • Cheaper starting price
  • Basically the same design as the Pro 7
  • 8th Gen Intel CPUs still performers
  • Same high-res touch display


  • No USB-C port
  • Not as powerful
  • No Wi-Fi 6 connectivity

Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro 6 are certainly cut from the same cloth, and at first glance, you might mistake one for the other. However, the real changes (other than the USB-C port) come on the inside, with the Pro 7 sporting new 10th Gen Intel Core CPU options and LPDDR4x RAM for improved performance. Here's a breakdown of the exact specs you'll find in each model.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro 6 tech specs

Surface Pro 7 Surface Pro 6
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Processor 10th Gen Intel
Core i3-1005G1
Core i5-1035G4
Core i71065G7
Intel 8th Gen
Core i5-8250U
Core i7-8650U
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD
Display size 12.3 inches
12.3 inches
Display resolution 2736x1824
267 PPI
267 PPI
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Graphics Intel UHD (i3)
Intel Iris Plus (i5, i7)
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Ports USB-C 3.1
3.5mm audio
Surface Connect
microSD card reader
USB-A 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
Surface Connect
microSD card reader
3.5mm audio
Biometrics IR camera IR camera
Battery Up to 10.5 hours Up to 13.5 hours
Dimensions 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches
(292mm x 201mm x 8.5mm)
11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches
(292mm x 201mm x 8.5mm)
Weight From 1.70 pounds (770g) From 1.70 pounds (770g)

Design and features

The Surface Pro 7 is a minor refresh over the last-gen Surface Pro 6, with most of the changes coming from the internal hardware. Still, the Pro 7 has made the jump from Mini DisplayPort for the much more versatile USB-C port. This should make it much easier to connect your newer accessories, and it can still be used for external displays. Alongside USB-C, the Pro 7 holds onto USB-A, 3.5mm audio, Surface Connect, and a microSD card reader.

If you're making the jump from an older Surface Pro model (from the Pro 3 and newer), it appears as though Type Covers should work with the Pro 7. The older Type Covers don't yet have mention of the Pro 7 on the Microsoft Store listing, but the new Signature Type Cover released alongside the Pro 7 does say it's compatible with the older Pro models. This should save you a good chunk of money if you're upgrading.

One new feature that we're excited about is Wi-Fi 6 connectivity in the Pro 6, which will offer wireless speeds far beyond what we've become accustomed to with Wi-Fi 5. Both the Pro 6 and Pro 7 are available in Platinum and Black colors.

Display and inking

Nothing has really changed when it comes to the display. With both the Pro 6 and Pro 7 you're looking at a 12.3-inch touch display with boxy 3:2 aspect ratio, 2736x1824 resolution, and 267 PPI. Both Pro models are compatible with the Surface Dial for off-screen interactions, and both offer an exceptional inking experience with the Surface Pen. Expect 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt support.

Performance and price

The Surface Pro 6 is available with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 "Kaby Lake R" CPUs. These are not the later 8th Gen "Whiskey Lake" CPUs, but they're nevertheless performers.

Geekbench 5 single-core scores for the Core i5-8250U hover around the 800 to 900 mark, while multi-core scores reach up to about 3,400. The Core i7-8550U again measures around the 900 single-core score, reaching up to about a 3,500 multi-core score. These CPUs can handle a relatively heavy workload, and they should be able to shred through any multitasking.

The Pro 7 has been refreshed with 10th Gen Intel Core "Ice Lake" CPUs with a 10nm architecture, and it's available with Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 versions. To compare with Geekbench 5 tests, the Core i7-1065G7 begins around the 1,200 to 1,300 mark for a single-core score, while multi-core scores reach, in many cases, well above 4,000.

We will have to perform testing of our own to see exactly how well the Surface Pro 7 performs, but as a rule, you can expect improved performance. As for battery life, it's curious that Microsoft claims up to 10.5 hours for the Pro 7 while claiming 13.5 hours for the Pro 6. Again we will have to get our hands on a Pro 7 to see how long you can run without plugging in. Manufacturers often don't provide numbers that go along with realistic use.

As for gaming, 10th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 Intel CPUs feature Iris Plus Graphics, which will provide a better experience than what the 8th Gen CPUs have to offer. Neither device has a dedicated GPU option, so if you want to game on a Pro, spending the extra money is no doubt worth it.

As expected, you're going to pay more for the newer Pro 7. Configurations with a Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD start at $749, while an introductory Pro 6 with 8th Gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD start at just $699. That's quite a deal, especially considering you're getting twice as much RAM and a Core i5 CPU in the Pro 6.

If you're looking to max things out, a Pro 6 with 8th Gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD runs about $1,999, while a Pro 7 with 10th Gen Core i7 CPU and otherwise similar specs hits the $2,299 mark.

Go with the Surface Pro 7 for better performance, connectivity

The Surface Pro 7 hasn't seen a huge physical change since the last generation, but inside is where it counts. 10th Gen Intel Core "Ice Lake" CPUs outperform the 8th Gen "Kaby Lake R" CPUs in the Pro 6, and the newer 2-in-1 also sports faster LPDDR4x RAM. You will pay more for the Pro 7, but for better performance and a USB-C port, it's the right choice.

Powerful 2-in-1 Surface

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Now with USB-C and 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs

You'll pay more for the Pro 7 compared to the Pro 6, but it offers improved performance from 10th Gen Intel CPUs and LPDDR4x RAM and improved connectivity thanks to USB-C.

The Surface Pro 6 is still a solid, more affordable buy

The release of a new generation always makes an older device pale, but the Surface Pro 6 is still a reliable option for anyone who wants to save some money and still get an awesome device. The touch display is the same resolution and offers the same brilliant picture, and the overall design is essentially the same. You won't get a USB-C port or 10th Gen Intel CPU performance, but for many people, that's OK.

Last-gen Surface Pro

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

More affordable, less powerful

The Surface Pro 6 starts at a cheaper price and will still deliver a stellar 2-in-1 experience. Just don't expect 10th Gen Intel CPU performance or a USB-C port.

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