Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Compared to Ipad Pro and Macbook Air

Microsoft at an event yesterday in the US has unveiled the new line of Surface Pro 4 Tablets.

Surface Pro 3 successor is launched after a tenure of 16 months, and looks refreshing and comes with some more cool features which were missing in the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft also launched new Lumia series smartphones at the event – Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

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The 2 in 1 tablet goes head to head with the recently launched Apple iPad Pro and even with Apple’s MacBook Air. Apple has been a leader in the tablet market and also in the light notebook business. The only thing we have seen come close to the Apple MacBook Pro is a Dell Xps 13.

Can Microsoft make a dent in Apple sales with the new Surface Pro 4, time will tell?

The Surface Pro series are becoming successful slowly, and Microsoft accounted for about 888 Million of revenue from the sales of the Surface devices in the last quarter. However, it is just a fraction of what Apple makes. Apple sells about 4.5 billion dollars worth of iPads and about $ 6 Billion in sales revenue from the Mac.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Compared to Ipad Pro and Macbook Air

The opportunity is great for Microsoft to grab some share of that market. One major reason for buyers looking to grab a surface tablet/laptop is that if they work in the windows OS on other PC/laptops they will find it way more comfortable to use the same set of software on the Surface Pro 4 rather than using the Mac OSX. There is a considerable number of people using Windows as a daily driver, and that creates a big opportunity for Microsoft to sell them there the second device as a Surface Pro 4.

The Surface Pro 4 comes with some of the coolest features; one significant advancement is the screen resolution and Size Vs. The Older Surface Pro 3.

Display and Screen Size

  • Surface Pro 3 – 12 inches, 2160 x 1440 resolution.
  • Surface Pro 4 – 12.3 inches , 2736 x 1824 resolution.

The Surface Pro 4 has a resolution similar to the Apple’s Mac Book Pro, and it makes the Apple MacBook Air, way behind as far as the display is concerned.

The Surface Pro 4 has shed some weight compared to the Surface Pro 3. The Core M processor model weighs 766 grams while the Core i5 and Core i7 models weigh 786 grams.

Microsoft Surface 4 Compared to Ipad Pro and Macbook Air

Performance

The Surface Pro 4 sets the standards even higher for the performance. Microsoft says it brings you desktop-class performance in the small form factor. The Surface Pro 4 is powered by the Intel 6th Gen Processor M3, i5, or i7 depending upon the model you pick up.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Compared to Ipad Pro and Macbook Air

The graphics processor is m3: Intel® HD graphics 515, i5: Intel® HD graphics 520, i7: Intel® Iris™ graphics.  The Surface Pro 4 comes with either 4GB, 8 GB or 16 GB of Ram to ensure you can run the Windows 10 OS will all the software with ease.

Battery Back Up and Storage

The storage is based on the Solid state drive (SSD), and there are options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or even a larger 1TB version also if you are looking for a large SSD storage.

Microsoft claims that Surface Pro 4 can run up to 9 hours on a single battery charge. The tablet comes with 1 year of manufacturer warranty.

3 Top Features in Surface Pro 4 Pen

  1. Surface Pro 4 pen – Surface Pen combines 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity with low latency, for a real pen on paper feel.
  2. Microsoft amusingly pointed out it has a ‘Pen’ which erases while Apple has a ‘Pencil’ which does not erase at all.
  3. With Palm Block technology you can rest your hand on the screen to write naturally, just like a pad of paper.

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The Surface Pro 4 comes with a full-sized USB 3.0 port and misses on the latest USB Type C port which they have combined with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL.  Google also launched the Pixel C tablet with the USB Type C port recently.

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Also, Let’s look at a Comparison Table for the Surface Pro 4 Vs. MacBook Air and the iPad Pro. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Compared to Ipad Pro and MacBook Air.

Hardware

SURFACE PRO 4

MACBOOK AIR

IPAD PRO

Display Size12.3 inches13.3 inches12.9 inches
Resolution2736 x 18241440 x 9002732 x 2048
ProcessorIntel Core M3, i5, or i7 (Skylake)Intel Core i5 or Core i7 (5250U, 5650U)A9X
RAM4GB, 8GB, 16GB8GBapprox 4GB
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB128GB, 256GB, 512GB32GB, 128GB
Front camera5 megapixels720p1.2 megapixels
Rear camera8 megapixelsN / A8 megapixels
Weight1.69 pounds2.96 pounds1.57 pounds
Dimensions (in.)11.5 x 7.93 x 0.3312.8 x 8.94 x 0.6812 x 8.68 x 0.27
Starting price (Rs. 55,000)Rs. ( 65,000)Rs. 50000
Stylus/keyboardActive stylus and optional removable keyboardBuilt-in keyboard, no stylusOptional keyboard and stylus

The Surface Pro 4 does bring to the table more productivity with it’s office and the Cortana virtual assistant. The Macbook Air lives in it’s own Adobe with great performance design and of course the coveted Apple brand name. iPAd Pro is large screen sized tablet with an optional keyboard and Stylus which also have additional cost.

All three devices are great regarding designs and functions they offer; it is more a matter of choice and the OS you think you are more comfortable with to work which should be a significant factor for your buying decision.

Source – Microsoft

Related – Microsoft launches the Coolest Lumia 950 and 950 XL Mobiles. 

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