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Microsoft has taught Apple another lesson, besides releasing another hybrid tablet with a detachable keyboard, the giant corporation surprised us with its first 2-in-1 laptop, whose keyboard can be detached as well. It depends on you if you want to spend more cash on a more powerful device such as the Surface Book, or you’ll prefer the Surface Pro 4 tablet with a 21 percent smaller display.

Surface Book

The Surface Book may be larger, but in fact, if feels very light in hand, as it weights 0.73 Kg ad a tablet and 1.51 Kg as a laptop. The laptop is well proportioned, but it has a hinge that doesn’t allow the device to be completely closed, so the keys don’t touch the screen. When it’s used as a tablet, the Surface Book measures 312x220x7.6 mm, but when you attach the keyboard, it has a thickness of 23mm.

The device, as a whole, lasts 12 hours with the two batteries which are integrated into the clipboard (4 hours) and keyboard (8 hours). The device is powered by an Intel Skylake dual-core processor which is available in variants of i5-6300U (2.4 up to 3.0GHz) and i7-6600U (2.6 up to 3.4GHz), which are backed by 8 or 16GB LPDDR3 RAM and Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU. Also, it has variants of storage (SSD) with variants of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB, featuring a full-size SD card slot.

The screen has a diagonal of 13.5-inch and supports a resolution of 3000×2000 pixels at 267ppi, and likewise the Surface Pro 4, it allows you to write with a Surface Pen on it. Surface Book has a front camera of 5MP and a back camera of 8MP which records Full HD videos, while the price of the device starts at $1,499.

Surface Pro 4

The magnesium alloy of which is made the exterior of the Surface Pro 4 is of good quality and it looks as great as an Apple tablet.

This device features an Intel Skylake low-voltage dual-core processor which comes in three variants: m3-6Y30 (900MHz up to 2.2GHz) and Intel HD graphics 515; i5-6300U (2.4 up to 3.0GHz) with Intel HD graphics 520; i7-6650U (2.2 up to 3.4GHz) with Intel Iris 540 graphics and according to the configuration, the RAM is available in variants of 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB, as for the storage capacities, Microsoft is offering variants of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB.

The dimensions of the tablet are 292.1×201.42x 8.45 mm and the model with a M3 processor weights 766grams, while the other two models have the same weight of 786grams.

Surface pro 4 has a very thin screen bezel allowing the display to support a greater size of 12.3-inch with an aspect ratio of 3:2 and a resolution of 2736x1824pixels at 267ppi, on the Microsoft Store, the price of the Surface Pro 4 starts at $899, however, while the pencil is included in the box, the Type Cover is sold separately and it costs $130.