Product Comparison: Surface Pro 5 vs Surface Pro 6

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On the 16th of October, a new piece of tech is finally arriving on the market; the highly anticipated new instalment to the Microsoft Surface Family, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6.

 

Prices start at a cool £879 and go up to £2149 and that’s without any of necessary accessories like the type cover. But before we look at the Microsoft Surface 6 we need to go back to its predecessor.

 

The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 started out as the “Microsoft Surface Pro”, launched on 15th June 2017, it slowly but surely became one of the top five computer brands in the United States[1]. Pricing for the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 ranges from £799 to £2699, without any accessories and Microsoft have brought out their new generation of Surface Pro with the predecessor clearly in their thoughts.

 

Not much has changed from the 5th Generation of Microsoft Surface Pros to the 6th, they both weigh roughly 1.7lbs. The Surfaces are still sporting the exact same dimensions at 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches. And the battery life for the two is an impressive 13.5 hours. All the ports that are available on Microsoft Surface Pro 5 are included on the 6, no less and no more; One USB 3.0 port, one Mini DisplayPort, one Surface Connect port, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader. The Microsoft Surface Dock is available at the price of £189 to increase your ports for all of cable requirements.

 

The camera in the Pro 6 is the same as the Pro 5, a beautifully clear front camera with 5.0MP with 1080p Skype HD video and the rear-facing camera is an autofocusing camera with 8.0MP with 1080p full HD video.

 

One difference between the 5 and 6 is unfortunately one of the drawbacks of the brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro 6. There are no models of the Surface Pro 6 currently available that offer LTE connectivity. If you want to use your Surface Pro out and about with mobile data, then you are going to have sit and wait for the 6 to receive an upgrade or you could buy a Microsoft Surface Pro 5 with LTE connectivity (see below for pricing from Microsoft Store).

 

Another aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro Family is that there are no accessories included in the price. All that is included with the Surface Pro is the Surface Pro, the Power Supply, a quick start guide and safety and warranty documents.

 

So, if you want to use it as a 2-1 laptop you will have to purchase the sublime type cover which can be personalised with four different colours; black, cobalt blue, platinum and burgundy. Microsoft have not let the expressive consumer down and each accessory can be purchased in these four different colours, which includes the Surface type cover, the Surface mobile mouse, and Surface pen.

 

The accessories are reversible for both the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and the 5, see below for pricing and colour options:

 

 

The Microsoft Surface Accessories Pricing[2]:

Type Cover

Platinum

Cobalt Blue

Black

Burgundy

£149

£149

£149

£149

 

Surface Mobile Mouse

Platinum

Cobalt Blue

Black

Burgundy

£29

£29

£29

£29

 

Surface Pen

Platinum

Cobalt Blue

Black

Burgundy

£99

£99

£99

£99

 

Now let’s get down to the technical specifications of the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 and 6 starting with the brand-new 6.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Configuration Options with Pricing[3]:

 

 

Platinum

Platinum2

Platinum3

Platinum4

Platinum5

Memory

8GB

8GB

8GB

16GB

16GB

Processor

i5

i5

i7

i7

i7

Storage

128GB

256GB

256GB

512GB

1TB

Price

£879

£1,149

£1,429

£1,799

£2,149

 

 

Black

Black2

Black3

Memory

8GB

8GB

16GB

Processor

i5

i7

i7

Storage

256GB

256GB

512GB

Price

£1,149

£1,429

£1,799

 

The Brand-New 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor:

 

The Intel Core i5 processor is described as “Perfect for photographs, videos, reports, and presentation. Compatible with Surface Dial[4] (off-screen interactions). Choose from two memory and storage configurations.”2

 

The Intel Core i7 processor “option includes Intel UHD graphics, making photo, video, and 3D applications run faster. It also gives you the ability to play more PC games. Compatible with Surface Dial.”2

 

The processor is one of the biggest changes between the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and 5. The 5 has a 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, so the new upgrade makes the 6 much faster, stronger and more capable than the 5.

 

The Microsoft Pro 5 Configuration Options[5] with Pricing:

Memory

4GB

4GB

4GB

8GB

8GB

8GB

8GB

Processor

m3

i5

i5

i5

i5

i5

i7

Storage

128GB

128GB

128GB

128GB

256GB

256GB

256GB

LTE Connectivity

N/A

N/A

Included

N/A

N/A

Included

N/A

Price

£799

£979

£1,129

£979

£1,249

£1,399

£1,549

 

Memory

16GB

16GB

16GB

Processor

i5

i7

i7

Storage

256GB

512GB

1TB

LTE Connectivity

N/A

N/A

N/A

Price

£1,429

£2,149

£2,699

 

The Surface Pro’s are essentially the same besides a new and improved Intel® Core™ processor making the 6 a meatier, faster and more capable piece of machinery. You can relax and know that your Surface Pro 6 can handle anything you throw at it.

 

However, when deciding between the two, if you need connectivity on the go the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is the current model to go for with LTE connectivity available in select models. But if you are alright with waiting for a while, you can always wait for the inevitable upgrade to the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 that is available to order on 16th October 2018.

 

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[1] https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/10/pc-market-flat-as-surface-becomes-a-top-5-computer-brand-in-the-us/

[2] https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/b/surface-accessories

[3] https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/config/Surface-Pro-6/8ZCNC665SLQ5?cid=surfacefamily3a&selectedColor=86888a&preview=&previewModes=

[4] https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/surface-dial/925r551sktgn?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

[5] https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/commercial-surface-pro/907tds4dgwwv?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab