Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950/950 XL: Which Windows 10 Device Should You Buy?

Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950/950 XL: Which Windows 10 Device Should You Buy?
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With very few but popular Windows 10 devices launched last year by Microsoft, people are confused which one will meet their needs. What makes it more confusing is their similarities. Laptops that can also be converted into a tablet, tablets that can be converted into a laptop and phones with the help of Continuum Display Dock can be converted into mini laptops. So which Windows 10 device should you pick?


A phone is a phone, no matter how flexible it is. It can never provide what a laptop does. So replacing your laptop with Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL is not advisable. Only in cases when you use the laptop very rarely or for work purposes, then these Windows 10 phones are a great option to invest into. Lumia phones aside, let’s compare the Surface Book and the Surface Pro.

Both machines are powered by 6th Gen Intel Core i5/i7 processors. When it comes to choosing a device which supports your presentations, video conferencing, movies, gaming and much more, good storage is a must. Surface Book offers four storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB; on the other hand, Surface Pro 4 offers just two storage options: 128GB, or 256GB. If 128 or 256 GB is enough space for you, you can consider price as another factor to make a better choice. If you need more than 256GB space on your machine, you should definitely go for the Surface Book.

Surface book Vs. Surface Pro 4: Display, Price, and Battery Life

Surface Book price starts at $1,499. As you choose models with greater storage capacity, the price will go up. The Surface Pro 4 on the other hand, has a price that starts at $899. The good news is that Microsoft has slashed the price of Surface Pro 4 by $100, so now you can buy this Windows 10 device for just $799. $100 has been slashed on every model. So, Surface Pro 4, right now, is a good choice to make if price is your primary concern.

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In terms of battery life, the Surface Book is a clear winner here with a battery life of up to 12 hours of video playback. Surface Pro 4’s battery life is up to 9 hours of video playback. With regards to display, Surface Book dons a bigger screen. Surface Book sports 13.5″ PixelSense display and Surface Pro 4 sports 12.3″ PixelSense display.

Conclusion: Both the devices are nearly the same. When it comes to Surface Book vs. Surface Pro 4, you can choose the device solely depending on your budget and your need for storage. When it comes to smartphone choices, yes you can give Lumia 950/950 XL a try. But at this point in time, we would suggest you wait till the company launches new Surface Phones. Maybe a better Windows 10 phones are on their way.