Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro X: what's the difference for 230 euros
By Sigismondo Eisenhower 2019-10-07 8570 0
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro X: Design
This is immediately obvious when you compare the two devices: the Surface Pro 7 and Pro X do not offer the same design. Indeed, the Surface Pro X has a brand new design with screen with refined edges, and a frame also leaner (7.3 mm against 8.5 mm for Surface Pro 7).
More specifically, the Surface Pro X incorporates a 13- inch screen in a box of 287 x 208 mm where the Surface Pro 7 uses a 12.3- inch screen for a 292 x 201 mm case. On the scale, we have something identical with 775 grams for both devices, without the keyboard or the stylus.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro X: Connectors
The Surface Pro 7 replaces its old DisplayPort for a USB-C port, but retains the rest of its connectors : Classic USB-A, Surface Connect for power, 3.5mm jack, and microSD drive.
We do not find this choice on the Surface Pro X which is satisfied with 2 USB-C ports and a Surface Connect port. It is therefore deadlocked on the USB-A classic, the case is too thin anyway, but also on the microSD player and the 3.5 mm jack .
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro X: Screen
The screen technology does not change between the two devices : it is an IPS LCD "PixelSense" with a density of 267 pixels per inch and a ratio of 3: 2. We just have a diagonal change : 13 inches for the Surface Pro X, and 12.3 inches for the Surface Pro 7.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro X: performances
This is the most important point to differentiate the two devices. The Surface Pro X integrates for the first time a Microsoft SQ1 chip developed with Qualcomm. It is based on the Snapdragon 8CX , and promises performance equivalent to a low-power 8th generation Intel Core chip . This processor will come with 8 or 16 GB of RAM and removable storage ranging from 128 to 512 GB.
The Surface Pro 7 retains a more traditional Intel architecture that has proven itself, with either an Intel Core i3-1005G1 chip , Intel Core i5-1035G4 or Core i7-1065G7. They are accompanied by 4 to 16 GB of RAM and 128 GB to 1 TB of non-removable SSD.
It will be necessary to wait for the tests in the press to know how these two choices architectures are translated in terms of performances with applications under Windows 10. Until now, the ARM machines under Windows 10 have never managed to prove their worth .
All the interest of the Microsoft SQ1 chip is that it consumes very little, and also heats very little, to the point that the Surface Pro X is devoid of any ventilation. It can also instantly go out of standby, like other ARM devices : our smartphones, or the Apple iPad.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro X: Network
Who says ARM chip says ease of integration of the mobile network. This is the case here with the Surface Pro X which offers from the outset the 4G LTE Gigabit compatible with all frequencies used in France. It also integrates GPS and Glonass. The Surface Pro 7 has no 4G capacity.
In contrast, the modem Qualcomm only supports Wi-Fi 5 while the Surface Pro 7, with its Intel platform, offers Wi-Fi 6 (402.11ax). Both devices offer Bluetooth 5.0.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro X: Software
Directly from the choice of architecture of the two devices, the Windows versions on the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 7 are radically different. The Surface Pro 7 is available with Windows 10 Family edition, the version we all know and that is compatible with all programs from the Microsoft Store or from the web.
The Surface Pro X, with an ARM processor, runs a special version of Windows 10 adapted to these processors. Microsoft promised the presentation that all software was compatible. If it is still possible to launch software "classic win32" on this platform, and without going through the Microsoft Store, it is still impossible to launch 64- bit programs . This compatibility with win32 software is moreover through an emulation layer that can reduce the performance of the device.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro X: Autonomy
All the advantage of the ARM platform is the low power consumption of the chip and its low heating capacity to place a larger battery. Microsoft announces a range of 13 hours for the Surface Pro X, against 10.5 hours for the Surface Pro 7. It will of course check these promises during a test.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro X: Availability and prices
With its more classic design, the Surface Pro 7 will be marketed from 21 October from 899 euros. It will take at least 1149 euros for Surface Pro X.
To this it will not forget to add a Surface Pro X Keyboard to 145 euros, and maybe a Slim Pen to 145 euros. The accessories of the Surface Pro 7 are about the same price : 150 to 140 euros for the keyboard, and 110 euros for the Surface Pen.
The optimization of the version of Windows 10 adapted to the processor of the Surface Pro X will be decisive to make its choice. The new, more modern design of the Surface Pro X makes the Surface Pro 7 less attractive. The latter, however, is based on proven choices and a robust platform. The Pro 7 has the unexpected advantage of being sold cheaper.
So, how to choose? While waiting for the tests, we will here indicate that the Surface Pro X is above all promised as a product for mobile work, in mobility thanks to the 4G and the output of instantaneous watch. The Surface Pro 7 should be able to deliver a little more performance, for a little less autonomy, and will therefore draw a little more use on the sedentary side of computers.
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