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Surface Book vs. the competition: Flagship laptops go head-to-head

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And then there were three: with the introduction of the Surface Book, Microsoft has joined Apple and Google in offering a premium laptop that runs its own platform. But how does it stack up next to its rivals, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Chromebook Pixel? We've put the specs of each side by side to help you sort things out. As you'll soon see, the three only share a few things in common. They reflect the unique philosophies of their creators, whether it's Microsoft's fondness for tablets, Apple's preference for powerful (if conventional) laptops or Google's desire for lean-and-mean web machines.

Surface Book MacBook Pro (13-inch) Chromebook Pixel
Price $1,499 to $2,699 $1,299 to $1,799 $999 to $1,299
Thickness 22.8mm (0.9 inches) 18mm (0.71 inches) 15.3mm (0.6 inches)
Weight 728g (1.6 pounds) tablet only / 1.51kg (3.34 pounds) with keyboard 1.58kg (3.48 pounds) 1.5kg (3.3 pounds)
OS Windows 10 OS X El Capitan Chrome OS
Display 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen display 13.3-inch IPS LCD Retina display 12.85-inch touchscreen LCD
Resolution 3,000 x 2,000 (267 ppi) 2,560 x 1,600 (227 ppi) 2,560 x 1,700 (239 ppi)
Aspect ratio 3:2 16:10 3:2
Processor Intel 6th-generation Core i5 or i7 Intel 5th-generation Core i5 or i7 Intel 5th-generation Core i5 or i7
Memory 8GB to 16GB of RAM 8GB to 16GB of RAM 8GB to 16GB of RAM
Graphics Intel HD or NVIDIA GeForce Intel Iris Graphics 6100 Intel HD Graphics 5500
Storage 128GB to 1TB SSD 128GB to 1TB SSD 32GB or 64GB flash storage
Ports 2 USB 3.0, SD card reader, Mini DisplayPort 2 Thunderbolt 2, 2 USB 3.0, SD card reader, HDMI 2 USB 3.0 Type-C, 2 USB 3.0 Type-A, SD card reader
Front camera 5MP 720p FaceTime HD 720p
Rear camera 8MP NA NA
WiFi 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11ac
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0 v4.0
Tablet mode Yes No No
Battery 12 hours 10 hours 12 hours
Accessories Surface Pen NA NA

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