Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 vs. Surface Pro 7

Here is a side by side comparison between Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 and Surface Pro 7 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Key Differences

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 image

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7

Surface Pro 7 image

Surface Pro 7

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 Pros

Reasons that Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 is better than Surface Pro 7.

Significantly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-10710U inside Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 has a 28% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-1065G7 inside Surface Pro 7.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-10710U
4,786
Surface Pro 7 - Intel Core i7-1065G7
3,722
Surface Pro 7 - Intel Core i5-1035G4
3,347
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-10510U
2,942
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i5-10210U
2,933
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-8665U
2,425
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i5-8365U
2,419
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-8565U
2,327
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i5-8265U
2,132
Surface Pro 7 - Intel Core i3-1005G1
2,027
Upgradable storage

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future.

SlotsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
M.2
Yes x1
Onboard
13% larger display

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 has a 14-inch screen size 13% larger than the 12.3-inch Surface Pro 7.

Display size
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
14-inch
Surface Pro 7
12.3-inch

Surface Pro 7 Pros

Reasons that Surface Pro 7 is better than Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7.

Supports faster memory

Surface Pro 7 supports a faster memory speed than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7. It supports up to 3733MHz versus 2133MHz of system memory on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7.

Memory type and speed
Surface Pro 7 - LPDDR4X
3,733 MHz
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - LPDDR3
2,133 MHz
About 30% lighter

Surface Pro 7 weighed 1.70 pounds, 30% lighter than the 2.40 pounds Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7.

WeightLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Pound
2.40 lbs.
1.70 lbs.
Kilogram
1.09 kg
0.77 kg

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7: Our analysis and reviews

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7.

Supports Windows 11

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8265U → Intel Core i7-10710U
4GB RAM8GB → 16GB
64GB Drive256GB → 2TB
2 Cores CPU4 → 6 cores
All-day battery life of up to 18.3-hours

According to Lenovo, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 lasts up to 18.3 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 18.3 hours
* Tested with MobileMark 2014
Upgradable storage

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future. Learn more.

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7.

Non-upgradable memory

Surface Pro 7: Our analysis and reviews

Surface Pro 7 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Surface Pro 7.

Supports Windows 11

Surface Pro 7 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsSurface Pro 7
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i3-1005G1 → Intel Core i7-1065G7
4GB RAM4GB → 16GB
64GB Drive128GB → 1TB
2 Cores CPU2 → 4 cores
Great battery life of up to 10.5-hours

According to Microsoft, the Surface Pro 7 lasts up to 10.5 hours of battery life.

Up to 10.5 hours of typical device usage

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Surface Pro 7.

Non-upgradable storage

Surface Pro 7 has soldered storage, and there are no M.2 slots for expansion. Learn more.

Non-upgradable memory

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

Slightly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-1065G7 inside Surface Pro 7 has a 19% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-8650U inside Surface Pro 6.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Surface Pro 7 - Intel Core i7-1065G7
3,722
Surface Pro 7 - Intel Core i5-1035G4
3,347
Surface Pro 6 - Intel Core i7-8650U
3,116
Surface Pro 6 - Intel Core i5-8350U
2,982
Surface Pro 7 - Intel Core i3-1005G1
2,027
Surface Pro 6 - Intel Core i5-8250U
1,971
Supports faster memory

Surface Pro 7 supports a faster memory speed than the Surface Pro 6. It supports up to 3733MHz versus 1866MHz of system memory on the Surface Pro 6.

Memory type and speed
Surface Pro 7 - LPDDR4X
3,733 MHz
Surface Pro 6 - LPDDR3
1,866 MHz

Key Features

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
At Glance
Released in
2019
16:9 4K UHD
14”
2160p 60Hz
Weight
2.40 lb
1.09 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-10710U
6C/12T, 1.10 → 4.70 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,051
Single Core
Geekbench 5
4,786
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics
24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
2133 MHz LPDDR3
Released in Late
2019
3:2 2.7K
12.3”
1824p 60Hz
Weight
1.70 lb
0.77 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4C/8T, 1.30 → 3.90 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,088
Single Core
Geekbench 5
3,722
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics
64 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
3733 MHz LPDDR4X
Surface Pro 7 Ports

Availability

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Released20192019
Release Date-
  • Introduced: October 2, 2019 (Microsoft October Event)
  • Pre-ordered: October 2, 2019
  • Released: October 22, 2019
Pricing-Starting at 749$
Generations-
Stores

Exterior

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Size Comparison
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Dimensions12.71” x 8.54” x 0.58” (323 x 217 x 14.95 mm)
Width: 12.71” (323 mm)
Depth: 8.54” (217 mm)
Height: 0.58” (14.95 mm)
11.50” x 7.9” x 0.33” (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)
Width: 11.50” (292 mm)
Height: 7.9” (201 mm)
Thickness: 0.33” (8.5 mm)
WeightStarting at 2.40 lbs (1.08 kg)
  • Intel Core i3: 1.70 lbs (775 g)
  • Intel Core i5: 1.70 lbs (776 g)
  • Intel Core i7: 1.73 lbs (790 g)
Colors
Black
Matte Black Platinum
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Spill-resistant, Backlit with white LED lighting keyboard.
  • Trackpad + TrackPoint® pointing device.
  • Surface Type Cover
    • Not included
    • Weight: 0.68 lb (310 g)
    • Dimension: 11.61 x 8.54 x 0.19 inches (295 mm x 216 mm x 5mm)
  • Keyboard:
    • Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys
    • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12)
    • 4 directional keys; Windows, Brightness and Media Controls Keys;
    • LED backlighting
  • Trackpad:
    • Precision glass trackpad.
    • Trackpad size: 4 x 2 inches (101.6 mm x 50.8 mm)
    • Supports a five-finger multitouch gesture.

Display

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Size14 Inches12.3 Inches
Info
  • 14” UHD (3840 x 2160)
    IPS, glossy, Dolby Vision™ HDR 400, 500 nits.
  • 14” WQHD (2560 x 1440)
    IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits.
  • 14” FHD (1920 x 1080)
    IPS, low power, anti-glare, 400 nits.
  • 14” FHD (1920 x 1080)
    IPS, PrivacyGuard, anti-glare, 400 nits.
  • 14” FHD (1920 x 1080)
    IPS, anti-glare, touchscreen, 300 nits.
  • Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (5M Pixels)
  • Density: 267 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • 10nm Oleophobic Coating
  • 100% sRGB color, individually calibrated

Ports

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 image
  • 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3
    Supports Power Delivery & DisplayPort.
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
    Full-size USB-A ports always on.
  • 1 x Network extension for Ethernet/side mechanical docking
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4
  • 1 x Headphone / mic combo
  • 1 x WWAN slot
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x Kensington lock slot
Surface Pro 7 image
Surface Pro 7 Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
Left (1)
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (3)
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Power Delivery, DisplayPort
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x Surface Connect
    Charging, Docking Station
Bottom (1)
  • 1 x Surface Type Cover port
Under Kickstand (1)
  • 1 x microSD card slot

Internal Specs

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Processor
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8265U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.60 → 3.90 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8365U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.60 → 4.10 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  3. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.60 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  4. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.90 → 4.80 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  5. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.60 → 4.20 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  6. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.90 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  7. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10710U
    6 cores, 12 threads, 1.10 → 4.70 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
  1. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-1005G1
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.20 → 3.40 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W
  2. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G4
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.10 → 3.70 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  3. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.30 → 3.90 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 71
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8265U64559.28%
2
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8365U63858.64%
3
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U80473.90%
4
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U76570.31%
5
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U94486.76%
6
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U95787.96%
7
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10710U1,05196.60%
Surface Pro 71
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-1005G199391.27%
2
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G41,03795.31%
3
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G71,088100.00%
01,088

Geekbench 5 Multi Core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 71
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8265U2,13244.55%
2
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8365U2,41950.54%
3
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U2,32748.62%
4
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U2,42550.67%
5
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U2,93361.28%
6
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U2,94261.47%
7
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10710U4,786100.00%
Surface Pro 71
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-1005G12,02742.35%
2
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G43,34769.93%
3
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G73,72277.77%
04,786
Integrated Graphics
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8265U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8365U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  3. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  4. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  5. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  6. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  7. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10710U
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  1. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-1005G1
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
  2. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G4
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics
    48 Execution Units, 300 → 1050 MHz
  3. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics
    64 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
Memory
  • 8GB 16GB
    2133 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR3 SRAM.
4GB 8GB 16GB
3733 MHz LPDDR4X RAM
Storage
  • 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
    M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe (Replaceable).
128 GB 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
BGA PCIe SSD

Connectivity

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Wi-Fi
  • Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2 AC
    Up to 867 Mbps, Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.
  • Wi-Fi 6: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology

Battery

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Size
  • 4-cell smart lithium-ion
  • Battery Capacity: 51 Wh
43.2 Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 18.3 hours
* Tested with MobileMark 2014
Up to 10.5 hours of typical device usage
Power Supply65 W USB (Type-C) power adapter
Supports Rapid Charge.
  • 60W power supply with USB-A (5W) (65W total)
  • Supports Fast Charge (0-80% in about one hour)

Software

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
OS
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • For Consumer: Windows 10 Home
  • For Commercial: Windows 10 Pro
Free upgrade to Windows 11
Built-in Apps
  • Lenovo Vantage
Microsoft Office 365 30-days trial

Camera & Audio

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Camera
  • Front-facing camera
    720p (1280 x 720 HD) camera.
  • IR & 720p HD Camera with microphone
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p full HD video
Audio
  • Dolby Atmos™ Speaker System
  • 4 x 360-degree far-field microphones
  • Dual far-field Studio Mics
  • 1.6W stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium

Misc

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Surface Pro 7
Inking-Supports Surface Pen
4096 levels of pressure
Tilt sensing
Best in class latency
Paper feel
0.1mm precision
magnetic storage
Sensors
  • Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader on the palm rest
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
Security
  • Fast Identity Online (FIDO) authentication capabilities
  • Match-on-Chip Fingerprint Reader
  • dTPM 2.0 chip
  • ThinkShutter camera cover
  • Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyGuard
  • Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyAlert*
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Kensington lock slot
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box-
  • Surface Pro 7
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty-
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
  • Commercial: Advanced Exchange warranty service with expedited device replacement

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