Last year, the fifth-generation Microsoft Surface Pro brought about conservative changes to the popular Surface Pro 4, with the only notable changes being improvements in battery life and performance thanks to a new processor.
The Surface Pro 2017, like its predecessor, comes in several configurations ranging from $799 for the base model and up to $2699 for the high-end model. Of course, the differences are on the inside, more so in terms of performance aspects of RAM and processor. The base model of the 5th-gen Surface Pro has the 7th-gen Intel Core M3 processor (M3-7Y30), up from the 6th-gen M3-6Y30 used in the Surface Pro 4. Intel’s 7th-gen Kaby Lake processors run cooler and feel zippier compared to the previous generation Skylake – and this is exactly what you get the entry-level Surface Pro 2017.
For a while now, we’ve known that Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 laptops are on the way. Unlike your usual Snapdragon-powered devices, these laptops will be based on Microsoft Windows 10. Not so much has been said about the technical aspects of these laptops other than the fact that they’ll be powered by Snapdragon chipsets. However, the CES 2018 is turning out to be an event full of information.
According to a Qualcomm engineer, the upcoming Snapdragon 835 2-in-1 laptops with Windows 10 OS will be as powerful as the entry-level Microsoft Surface Pro 2017. This is specifically in reference to the model carrying the 7th-gen Intel Core M3 (M3-7Y30) processor and this is definitely good news.
Interesting tidbit heard from a Qualcomm engineer at #CES – the Snapdragon 835 based laptops / 2-in-1s with Windows 10 are "going to be on par with entry level Surface Pro devices" performance-wise – specifically the ones with Core m3-7y30 Y-Series SoC.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) January 11, 2018
There’s no doubt that the Surface Pro 2017 is a powerful device and even though it’s not for those looking to play heavy games or run heavy programs such as Adobe Photoshop, it’ll suit those who are simply looking for a device to accompany them to a coffee shop or maybe something to use when on short trips.
If the upcoming Windows 10 laptops with Snapdragon 835 processor can match or better what the Surface Pro 2017 has to offer in terms of performance, they should for sure attract a significant market