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Surface Book i7/Performance Base vs. Surface Book (2015) spec shoot out!

by Danny Zepeda | October 26, 2016October 26, 2016 12:30 pm PDT

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Microsoft took the stage today to announce some new products, and one of those was an update to its flagship laptop, the Surface Book. This computer was meant to be the bigger brother of the Surface Pro 4, and this year, Microsoft took it to the next level.

It comes loaded with an i7 Intel processor and is aimed directly at professional users. Design-wise it’s mostly the same, the keyboard is recessed, a little heavier (.15 lbs), a little fatter, and small tweak to the hinge. Inside, the Surface Book was completely reimagined to add some of the features users most wanted: power and battery.

Microsoft doubled the graphics performance and added 30-percent more battery life, which will deliver up to 16 hours of usage. That, coupled with the already fantastic PixelSense touch display and detachable form factor, it looks like the Surface Book will be a beast of a computer this year.

For a more comprehensive breakdown between this year’s Surface Book and last year’s model, check out our spec by spec breakdown and gallery down below.

Surface Book (2016) Gallery

Surface Book (2015) Gallery

Microsoft - Surface Book with Performance Base Microsoft - Surface Book
Display Size 13.5-inch, 3000 x 2000 pixel display (267 ppi) 13.5-inch, 3000 x 2000 pixel display (267 ppi)
Resolution X 3000 3000
Resolution Y 2000 2000
Display Type PixelSense PixelSense
Operating System Windows 10 Pro N/A
Processor
  • 6th Gen Intel Core i7
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7
RAM
  • 8GB or 16GB
  • 8GB or 16GB
Storage
  • Solid state drive (SSD) options: 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
  • Solid state drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
Camera
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Stereo microphones
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby audio Audio Premium
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Stereo microphones
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Input Output
  • USB 3.0 PORTS X 2
  • SD Card reader
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • USB 3.0 PORTS X 2
  • SD Card reader
  • Mini DisplayPort
Networks
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery
  • Up to 16 hours of video playback
  • Up to 12 hours of video playback
Height 0.9 inches (22.9 mm) 0.9 inches (22.9 mm)
Width 9.14 inches (23.22 cm) 9.14 inches (23.22 cm)
Depth 12.3 inches (31.24 cm) 12.3 inches (31.24 cm)
Weight 3.63 lbs (1.65 kg) 3.34 lbs (1.51 kg)
Colors N/A N/A

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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