Microsoft Surface

Written by John Harris, Updated on October 06, 2023

Microsoft Surface is a series of tablet computers that is designed and marketed by Microsoft. They were first released in late October 2012. Surface is the first major initiative by Microsoft to integrate its Windows operating system with its own hardware.

Microsoft Surface Versions:

Microsoft Surface tablet is available in two separate versions:

2-in-1 PCs

Also Known as convertible laptops, these have features of both laptops and tablets. They have a detachable keyboard and touchscreen settings that allow users to experience the best of both worlds.

Models: Surface Pro 9, Surface Pro 7+


The Laptops Within the Microsoft Surface series come jam-packed with features to make performance and utility meet portability and convenience.


  1. Surface Laptop Studio: With Powerful specs, it is designed for creators who focus on video editing, 3D design, production, and other artistic fields.
  2. Surface Laptop Go 3: Focusing on performance and portability, the Surface Laptop Go 3 brings great performance with an all-day battery life while only weighing 1.13 kg.
  3. Surface Laptop 5: Blazing fast with sophisticated styles, the Surface laptop 5 focuses on speed and multitasking.

Comparative features of both versions

Features Surface Pro Series Surface Laptop Series
OS Windows 11 Windows 11
Weight 879 gm 903g
Thickness 9.3 mm 18.94 mm
Processor 12th Gen IntelFootnote Core i5-1235U processor, 12th Gen IntelFootnote Core™ i7-1255U processor,Microsoft SQFootnote 3 processor, Neural Processing Unit (NPU) Quad-core 11th Gen Intel Core H35 i5-11300H Quad-core 11th Gen Intel Core H35 i7-11370H
Memory RAM: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB (LPDDR5 RAM) 16GB or 32GB LPDDR4x RAM
Graphics IntelFootnote IrisFootnote XFootnotee Graphics, with 5G: Microsoft SQ 3 Adreno 8CX Gen 3 Intel Core™ i5 models: Intel Iris XFootnotee Graphics Intel Core™ i7 models: NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti laptop GPU with 4GB GDDR6 GPU memory
Display Screen: 13” PixelSense Flow Display
Resolution: 2880 X 1920 (267 PPI)
Colour profile: sRGB and Vivid
Refresh rate up to 120Hz (Dynamic refresh rate supported)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Contrast ratio 1200:1
Adaptive Colour
Auto Colour Management supported
Touch: 10-point multi-touch
Dolby Vision IQFootnote™ support
GorillaFootnote Glass 5
Screen: 14.4” PixelSense Flow Display Refresh rate: up to 120Hz Resolution: 2400 × 1600 (201 PPI) Aspect ratio: 3:2 Contrast ratio: 1500:1 Touch: 10-point multi-touch Dolby Vision support
Connectivity 2 x USB-CFootnote with USB 4.0/ Thunderbolt 4, 1 x Surface Connect port, 1 x Surface Type Cover port, 1 x nano SIM 2 x USB-C with USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4 3.5mm headphone jack 1 × Surface Connect port
Storage Space Removable drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB Removable solid-state drive (SSD) options: 256 GB, 512 GB, 1TB, 2TB

Unique features of Microsoft Surface

Microsoft’s Surface introduces several unique features not found in other tablets:

Kickstand: The Surface includes a built-in kickstand that allows the tablet to be placed upright similar to that of a laptop’s screen. This is the main distinguishing feature which other tablet models lack.

Keyboard cover: Most tablets don’t include a case or a keyboard. They have to be bought separately as accessories. To solve this issue, Surface offers a keyboard that doubles as a cover. After completion of the work, the user can simply flip up the keyboard, and it becomes a cover to protect the screen.

Windows Desktop: Both the Surface versions include the Desktop, containing Windows File Manager that was formerly named as Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows.
Note: However, traditional Desktop programs cannot be installed on the Surface with Windows RT.

Microsoft Office: The RT version of Surface includes a copy of Office Home and Student 2013. With this, MS Office programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, can be used to create documents or touch up those that arrive in e-mail.

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