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Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ vs Microsoft Surface Pro 7. Which one is better?

Updated: Feb 8, 2021



Surface Pro 7 Plus

Surface Pro 7+ is the Surface for every business portfolio which gives the versatility, connectivity and security that business and educational institutions need to adapt to the changing landscape. Let's see the true difference between the Pro 7+ and the Pro 7 by placing them side by side.


Microsoft says that the latest Pro 7+ is their classic, ultra-light 2-in-1 for business is faster than ever and keeps you productive with improved all-day battery life. Now, with optional LTE Advanced.


The Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ comes with the screen size of 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with a 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI), aspect ratio of 3:2 and 10 point multi-touch while the Surface Pro 7 comes exactly with the same display size and properties. This literally means there's no difference between both the Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Pro 7+ but users can still get immersive viewing experience from the display.



The major upgrades between both this surfaces is in the processor department where the low end Pro 7+ comes with a dual-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 Processor (Wi-Fi) followed by the Quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor (Wi-Fi or LTE) and the highest end comes with the Quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 Processor (Wi-Fi) while the Surface Pro 7 comes with a dual-core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-1005G1 Processor followed by the Quad-core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G4 Processor and the highest end comes with the Quad-core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7 Processor.


In the graphics department, the Surface Pro 7+ is equipped with Intel® UHD Graphics for the i3 variant while the i5 and i7 comes with the Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics. For the Pro 7 graphics, it is equipped with Intel® UHD Graphics for the i3 variant while the i5 and i7 comes with the Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics

Why is this considered as a major difference?

Well, the 11th Gen Intel processors is known as the Tiger Lake processor while the 10th Gen Intel Processors are knows as Iced Lake. The 11th Gen has nearly double the prowess of the 10th Gen processors and is also faster than the AMD Ryzen 4000 marginally. Intel 11th Gen is very fast when it comes to the Single-Core Performance and several Apps that still are not optimized for multiple cores, this will have a faster performance in the Intel Laptops.



In the RAM department, the Pro 7+ is equipped with 8GB and 16GB LPDDR4x RAM for Wi-Fi or LTE while for the Wi-Fi only model, it comes with the 32GB LPDDR4x RAM while the Pro 7 comes with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM.


For the port selections, both device comes with various type of connections, the Surface Pro 7+ comes with:

  • 1 x USB-C®

  • 1 x full-size USB-A

  • 3.5mm headphone jack

  • 1 x Surface Connect port

  • Surface Type Cover port12

  • MicroSDXC card reader (Wi-Fi)

  • 1 x nano SIM (LTE)

  • Compatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction

While the Surface Pro 7 comes with the:

  • 1 x USB-C®

  • 1 x USB-A

  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

  • 1 x Surface Connect port

  • Surface Type Cover port4

  • MicroSDXC card reader

  • Compatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction



Surface Pro 7 Plus SSD upgrade

For storage options , the Surface Pro 7+ comes with a removable solid-state drive (SSD) with the options starting from 128GB, 256GB (Wi-Fi or LTE), 512GB or 1TB (Wi-Fi). Additionally, Microsoft has included a replaceable M.2 2230 SSD, which is accessible in the same manner as on the Surface X while the Pro 7 comes with a Solid-state drive (SSD) options of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB.



When it comes for cameras in the Surface Pros, the camera is most often use for online or virtual applications. For that purpose of usage, the Surface Pro 7+ comes with 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p full HD video and 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p full HD video with dual far-field Studio Mics, Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing) and 1.6W stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos®. While the Surface Pro 7, comes exactly with the same camera layout and specifications.


The latest Pro 7+ comes with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) compatible, with Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology. It also comes with LTE Advanced with removable SIM and eSIM support with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X20 LTE Modem. The Pro 7 comes with Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax compatible and Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology.


Both the Surface Pro 7+ and Surface Pro 7 comes with the same security features such as the firmware TPM and enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in. Both the Surfaces too comes with the same type of sensors with the ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer.



For the casing, both the Surface comes with the signature unibody magnesium design with hidden perimeter venting. The casings colors are Platinum, Matte Black with physical volume and power button.


Another major upgrade of the Surface Pro 7+ and the Surface Pro 7 revolves around the the battery life. The Surface Pro 7+ Wi-F model able to withstand up to 15 hours of typical device usage while the LTE Advanced will withstand up to 13.5 hours of typical device usage. Well, this is based on the advertisement by Microsoft. While, the Surface Pro 7 with last up to 10.5 hours of typical device usage.







Microsoft Surface Pro 7+


PROS CONS

Improved CPU & GPU Keyboard sold separately

Long Battery life Surface Pen sold separately

SSD upgrade options

LTE Advanced






Microsoft Surface Pro 7


PROS CONS

Snappy Intel "Ice Lake" processor Keyboard still sold separately

Robust battery life Just two ports, and no Thunderbolt 3 support

Sharp display

Well-implemented kickstand

Finally includes USB-C

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