Apple and Microsoft go a it again with late 2016 laptop battle between the MacBook Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro. Image Source: Neurogadget

The rumored specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 have leaked online just in time for the holidays, and it is packing a lot more storage, power, and performance. The hybrid laptop from Microsoft will reportedly hit the shelves during the spring of 2017.

The leak arrives just as Apple faces criticism over its uninspired lineup of MacBook Pro laptops this 2016. Despite the addition of cool features like the Touch Bar, the device underperforms in other aspects essential for a premium user experience.

In the spirit of contrasting the two flagships, here are all the relevant features of the MacBook Pro and the Surface Pro 5 for you to decide which laptop is best.

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Microsoft and Apple go at it again with new ads featuring both flagship laptops. Image credit: Windows Central.

Surface Pro 5 vs. MacBook Pro: Specs and features

While many would compare the Surface Pro lineup with Apple’s iPad tablets, the upcoming Surface Pro 5 might just be the one to take on the MacBook Pro.

Following the steps of its predecessor, the Surface Pro 5 is rumored to pack the same 12.3-inch PixelSense Display with 2736 x 1824 resolutions. Microsoft reportedly plans to add fingerprint scanning support directly on the screen.

Apple’s MacBook Pro, in contrast, comes in two sizes at 13.3 and 15 inches. The laptop’s 2560 x 1600 Retina Display delivers sharper color and brightness than most of its competitors, including the last Surface Pro in line.

The MacBook Pro comes in multiple processor and storage configurations, but the top-of-the-line option features a 6th generation, 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 512 GB of SSD storage, and 16 GB of RAM.

New Macbook Pro review
New Macbook Pro review. Image credit: Apple/TheUSBPort.

In contrast, the Surface Pro 5 will allegedly match the MacBook Pro in storage capacity and RAM, while beating it in computational power by packing the latest Kaby Lake i5 and i7 chips from Intel.

Regarding connectivity features, the new Microsoft 2-in-1 will pack not only USB 3.0 ports but also USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. Apple’s star laptop comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports only.

The MacBook Pro’s latest iteration shines thanks to its Touch Bar panel and Touch ID scanning system, but the Surface Pro 5 will reportedly bring wireless charging to the Surface Pen and support for the Surface Dial.

Microsoft recently confirme the Surface Dial will be available for both the Surface Pro and the All-in-One Surface PC. Image Source: The Verge
Microsoft recently confirmed the Surface Dial would be available for both the Surface Pro and the All-in-One Surface PC. Image Source: The Verge

Surface Pro 5 vs. MacBook Pro: Price and availability

2016 MacBook Pro laptops are readily available from Apple at certified retailers starting at $1,499 for the base model, and going all the way up to $2,799 for the device with top specs.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5, on the other hand, will launch as soon as February 2017. Judging by the prices of its predecessor, consumers can expect a slight price hike from the current $899 – $1,799 price range of the Surface Pro 4 upon release.

Source: The Bitbag

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