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Surface Pro 6 vs. Surface Pro 5: What’s New?

Microsoft's favorite detachable is back in black. That's right, the Surface Pro 6 is here and returning to its original black matte design, but what else has actually changed in this dark revitalization of the Surface? Well, not much.

While we were hoping to see some major revisions per our previous issues with the Surface Pro 5, there weren't as many as we'd like. Here's how the new Surface Pro 6 compares with the Surface Pro 5.

Design

The Surface Pro 6 is landing in on Oct. 16 lathered in a black matte finish, similar to how the original Surface Pro was designed. While it definitely stands out from the typical platinum we've seen from the past few Surface Pros, there's an option for that color as well.

Aside from the color, there's not much that's changed design-wise. Both the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Pro 5 weigh about 1.7 pounds, and have the same 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33-inch measurements. We still wish the bezels were a little thinner.

The ports are the exact same as the previous iteration: one USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort, a 3.5mm audio jack, Surface Connect port and a microSD card slot. The most disappointing design choice is yet again the exclusion of the USB Type-C port.

Specs and Features

Surface Pro 6Surface Pro 5
Price$899$799
Display12.3 inches (2736 x 1824)12.3 inches (2736 x 1824)
CPU8th Gen Core i5, Quad-Core i77th Gen Core m3, Core i5, Core i7
RAMUp to 16GB4GB, 8GB, 16GB
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 620 (i5), Intel UHD Graphics 620 (i7)Intel HD Graphics 615 (m3), Intel HD Graphics 620 (i5), Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (i7)
SSDUp to 1TB SSD128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD
PortsOne USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm audio jack, Surface Connect, microSD card slotOne USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm audio jack, Surface Connect, microSD card slot
ColorsMatte Black, PlatinumPlatinum
Size11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches11.5 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches
Weight1.7 pounds1.73 pounds, 2.39 pounds with Type Cover

Microsoft claims that the Surface Pro 6 is 67 percent more powerful than the Surface Pro 5, since it's the first quad-core processor outfitted in a Surface Pro. Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 5 has a dual-core processor.

Microsoft also claims that the Surface Pro 6's battery life will last up to 13 hours,  which is quite an impressive feat considering the Surface Pro 5 only hit 7:30 on our tests.

The Surface Pro 6's display still measures at 12.3-inches (2736 x 1824), but according to Microsoft it has the highest contrast ratio of any Surface device to date delivered through a whopping 5 million pixels, or 267 ppi.

Outlook

The Surface Pro 6 is getting a major power upgrade along with another color choice. While that may not seem like much of a change from the previous generation, the potential power gap for a $100 difference in price is significant. However, there's only one way to know for sure which is the right Surface for you: stayed tuned to Laptop Mag for our full review and benchmarks when the Surface Pro 6 launches on Oct. 16.

As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder's dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge.