Microsoft Surface Pro 8 vs Pro 7

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Review

Evaluation of Microsoft Surface Pro 8 and Pro 7 important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Pro 8
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 120 versus 60 Hz
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 2 versus 1
  • Around 2x better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Thinner bezels and 10% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Features a bigger (~14%) battery – 51.5 against 45 watt-hours
  • Better webcam recording quality
  • High-speed PCI Express Gen 4 interface
  • Provides 13% higher max. screen brightness: 450 vs 400 nits
Advantages of the Microsoft Surface Pro 7
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Slightly easier to carry: weighs 110 grams less (around 0.24 lbs)
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 0.88 kg (1.94 lbs) 0.77 kg (1.7 lbs)
Dimensions 287 x 208 x 9.3 mm
11.3 x 8.19 x 0.37 inches
292 x 201 x 8.5 mm
11.5 x 7.91 x 0.33 inches
Area 597 cm2 (92.5 inches2) 587 cm2 (91 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~84.3% ~76.7%
Side bezels 6.2 mm 16.1 mm
Colors Black, Silver Black, Silver
Transformer No No
Opening angle - 175°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Passive
Vapor chamber Yes No
Number of fans 1 -

Display

Size 13 inches 12.3 inches
Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Refresh rate 120 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 266 ppi 267 ppi
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Resolution 2880 x 1920 pixels 2736 x 1824 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision No
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Glossy
Display tests
Contrast 1000:1 1001:1
sRGB color space 100% 93.2%
Adobe RGB profile - 60.3%
Response time - 35 ms
Max. brightness
450 nits
400 nits

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time - 1:30 hr
Battery type - Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Right Right
Charge power 0 W 0 W
Weigh of AC adapter - 281 gramm

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 0.9-2.4 GHz 1.2 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.2 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores 4 2
Threads 8 4
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
Integrated GPU Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EU Intel UHD Graphics G1
Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1256
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
4232
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
1282
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
4682

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 15 W 15 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm
GPU base clock 300 MHz 300 MHz
GPU boost clock 1100 MHz 1100 MHz
FLOPS 1.41 TFLOPS -
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory speed 4.27 Gbps 1.87 Gbps
Shading units 640 256
DirectX support 12 12
GPU performance
1.41 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 2x4 GB 2x2 GB
Clock 4266 MHz 1866 MHz
Type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Upgradable No No
Total slots - 2

Storage

Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x) PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x128 GB 1x128 GB
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 1 1
NVMe Yes Yes

Sound

Audio chip - Ice Lake-U/Y PCH-LP cAVS
Speakers 2.0 2.0
Power 2x2W 2x1.6W
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness - 78.3 dB
Microphones 2 2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5.1 v5
Fingerprint - Optional
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A No 1x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 2x USB 4.0 1x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 No
HDMI No No
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader No Yes
Proprietary charging port Yes No

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Mechanical Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel - 1.3 mm
Touchpad
Surface Glass Plastic
Windows Precision Yes Yes
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can be different depending on the laptop’s particular configuration or region.

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So, which laptop would you choose?
7 (58.3%)
5 (41.7%)
Total votes: 12

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