Surface Pro 7 vs Surface Pro 6 – What has changed?

It’s safe to say that the announcement of the Surface Pro 7 was one of the biggest reveals at the Microsoft event earlier this month. It’s a hybrid computer that is very much similar to the Surface Pro 6, but it comes with many differences to set itself apart in more ways than one.

Now, one would have expected Microsoft to discontinue the Surface Pro 6, but the company made the wise decision of cutting the cost to own the device, so if you’ve been on the fence for a while now, well, now is your big chance to secure a Surface Pro 6 before its no longer available.

At this moment, however, you might be wondering if the Surface Pro 7 is the right choice for your needs over the previous version. In fact, from what we can tell, there are several reasons for anyone to prefer Surface Pro 7, therefore, we suggest to keep reading in order to learn more.

Surface Pro 7 vs Surface Pro 6

Surface Pro 7 vs Surface Pro 6

Both of these devices, Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro 6 are quite good, but only one can come out as the winner today as the best.

  1. Display
  2. Design
  3. Further hardware specs
  4. Battery life
  5. Price.

Here is the comparison table.

  Surface Pro 7 Surface Pro 6
Starting Price $749 $699
Display 12.3-inch (2736 x 1824) 12.3-inch (2736 x 1824)
CPU 10th Gen Intel Core i3, i5, i7 9th Gen Intel Core i5, i7
RAM 4GB, 8GB, 16GB 8GB, 16GB
Graphics Intel UHD or Iris Plus Intel UHD 620
Ports USB-C, Surface Connect, USB-A, microSD card, Mini DisplayPort, headphone Surface Connect, USB-A, microSD card, Mini DisplayPort, headphone
Weight 1.7 pounds 1.73 pounds
Battery Life 10.5 hours 13.5 hours
Price Starts $749 Starts $699

Let us talk about this in more detail.

1] Display

To kick things off, let’s focus on the display for a minute. You see, the display on the Surface Pro 7 is the same found on the Surface Pro 6, and that’s quite disappointing if you ask us. Its a 12.3-inch PixelSense display with a resolution of 2736 x 1824.

There’s also ten-point multi-touch support for anyone who is interested. As it stands, you probably will not be purchasing the new Surface Pro in hopes of getting a new display.

2] Design

In terms of the difference in design, well, there’s not much in it, to be honest. What really sets the Surface Pro 7 apart, is the addition of USB-C. Folks have been calling on Microsoft to add USB-C for quite some time, and happily, the company has obliged.

If that is something that is super important to you, then you may want to stay away from the Surface Pro 6.

3] Further hardware specs

The Surface Pro 7 comes with a 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, right up to an i7 variant. The latest Intel UHD graphics are here as well, so that’s nice. As for the Surface Pro 6, it launched with an Intel Core 9th-generation processor, one that is still speedy today.

As for storage, both devices offer 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB. However, on the matter of RAM, the Surface Pro 7 begins at 8GB and maxes out at 16. Surface Pro 6 does not have a 16GB option, and we doubt the possibility is there to manually upgrade.

Surface Pro 6 new features

4] Battery Life

As usual with these type of devices, battery life is an important factor, and as such, Microsoft would never compromise in this area, or, that’s what we thought. For some reason, the Surface Pro 7 delivers 10.5 hours of battery life, while the Surface Pro 6 is capable of going up to 13.5 hours.

Not everything is as they seem, so one should bear that in mind before making a decision.

5] Price

Surface Pro 6 is the more affordable of the two because it’s older. The price starts at $699, while the Surface Pro 7 begins at $749. Now, if you’re looking to own a Surface Pro 6 Type Cover bundle, that will set you back around $999, while owning a Surface Pro 7 Type Cover bundle should cost at around $1,058.

That’s it!

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