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Microsoft’s $400 Surface Tablet Compared to Apple MacBook in Leaked Benchmark

While the upcoming Surface tablet was outscored by the MacBook, it is worth noting Apple’s device costs three times as much and has superior hardware.


There's so much smoke surrounding 's apparent $400 Surface tablet that there must be some fire. Rumors surrounding the device have ramped up in recent weeks and even turned into more concrete evidence over the last 7 days. The latest information shows a leak of the tablet running through benchmarking software.

Ex Microsoft employee Mouni Reddy took to to show an OpenCL benchmark of the affordable Surface tablet. In case you are unfamiliar with the rumor mill surrounding the hardware, it is an affordable Surface slate that should be launched this year. It will be more oriented to consumers than the business-minded Surface Pro and will have lower specs.

So, what will lesser components mean for performance? Reddy compared the new Surface to 's 2017 , incidentally a device that costs much more than $400. Microsoft device is running an Pentium 4415Y, while the MacBook has a Core i5-7Y54.

As you would expect the more expensive and better processed MacBook outperformed the Surface tablet. The interesting thing about the benchmark is that Apple's device did not win by much. Microsoft's upcoming Surface scored 15,992 while the 2017 MacBook achieved 17,647 points.


It's a noticeable difference yes, but not a vast chasm considering the MacBook starts at $1,299. Essentially, while the new Surface won't be a bona fide laptop competitor, it will pack a solid performance punch. Of course, a more reasonable comparison would be against one of Apple's iPads.

FCC Filing

There have been a couple of recent hints that a $400 Surface tablet will arrive soon. Microsoft suffered a leak of its Surface roadmap last month. Just yesterday we reported on the new device making its way through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The FCC is a United States regulatory body that clear products to be sold in the country. When a device passes through the FCC, it is usually only a matter of weeks before it is launched. In the case of the Surface tablet, it is more likely the slate will be launched later this year.

Last Updated on April 9, 2020 12:10 pm CEST

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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