Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 vs. Surface Book 3 15”: Which is better?

Here is a side by side comparison between Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 and Surface Book 3 15” specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 Pros

Reasons that Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is better than Surface Book 3 15”.

Newer manufacturing

2021 vs. 2020

Significantly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-1180G7 inside Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 has a 20% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-1065G7 inside Surface Book 3 15”.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 - Intel Core i7-1180G7
4,474
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 - Intel Core i7-1160G7
4,238
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 - Intel Core i5-1130G7
4,079
Surface Book 3 15” - Intel Core i7-1065G7
3,722
Supports faster memory

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 supports a faster memory speed than the Surface Book 3 15”. It supports up to 4267MHz versus 3733MHz of system memory on the Surface Book 3 15”.

Memory type and speed
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 - LPDDR4X
4,267 MHz
Surface Book 3 15” - LPDDR4X
3,733 MHz
About 29% lighter

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 weighed 3.0 pounds, 29% lighter than the 4.20 pounds Surface Book 3 15”.

WeightLenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
Pound
3.0 lbs.
4.20 lbs.
Kilogram
1.36 kg
1.91 kg

Surface Book 3 15” Pros

Reasons that Surface Book 3 15” is better than Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6.

Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 6GB GDDR6 with Max-Q vs. integrated

7% larger display

Surface Book 3 15” has a 15-inch screen size 7% larger than the 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6.

Display size
Surface Book 3 15”
15-inch
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6
14-inch

Key Similars

Similar characteristics share between Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 and Surface Book 3 15”.

Supports the same maximum memory size of up to 32GB

Both laptops supports up to 32GB of system memory.

Max system memory size
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6
32 GB
Surface Book 3 15”
32 GB

Prices

Here are the latest price updates and offers for both devices.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 Price
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga Gen 6 14" FHD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, Fingerprint, Backlit KYB, Garaged Pen, Thunderbolt 4, Win 11 Pro, CUE Accessories
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga Gen 6 14" FHD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, Fingerprint, Backlit KYB, Garaged Pen, Thunderbolt 4, Win 11 Pro, CUE Accessories
By Lenovo
$1,019.99
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 Intel Core i7-1165G7, 14.0" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS, Touchscreen, 400 nits 16 GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Backlit KYB Fingerprint Reader, Windows Pro
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 Intel Core i7-1165G7, 14.0" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS, Touchscreen, 400 nits 16 GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Backlit KYB Fingerprint Reader, Windows Pro
By Lenovo
$860.00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 2 in 1 Laptop (14" FHD+ IPS Touchscreen, Intel Core i5-1145G7, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Stylus), Business PC, Backlit, Fingerprint, 3-Yr Warranty, Webcam, Wi-Fi 6, Win 11 Pro
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 2 in 1 Laptop (14" FHD+ IPS Touchscreen, Intel Core i5-1145G7, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Stylus), Business PC, Backlit, Fingerprint, 3-Yr Warranty, Webcam, Wi-Fi 6, Win 11 Pro
By ist computers
$1,099.99
Surface Book 3 15” Price
NEW Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 15" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
NEW Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 15" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
By Microsoft
$649.99
$1,120.99 42% OFF
Microsoft Surface Book 3-15" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7-32GB Memory - 512GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 3-15" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7-32GB Memory - 512GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$1,229.00
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB), Silver
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB), Silver
By Microsoft
$929.99

Comparison Summary

Lenovo has released the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6, a 14-inch machine, in 2021. It is powered by up to a quad-core Intel Core i7-1180G7 with a boost clock speed up to 4.60 GHz. The laptop has an integrated graphics option up to Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics (96 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz).

On the other hand, we have the 15-inch Surface Book 3 15” was introduced by Microsoft about a year earlier in mid-2020. It comes with a quad-core Intel Core i7-1065G7 with a boost clock speed up to 3.90 GHz. It has a dedicated GPU option up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 with 6GB GDDR6 with Max-Q.

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 61
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1130G71,23890.76%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1160G71,34198.31%
3
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1180G7 with vPro™1,364100.00%
Surface Book 3 15”1
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G71,08879.77%
01,364

Geekbench 5 Multi Core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 61
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1130G74,07991.17%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1160G74,23894.73%
3
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1180G7 with vPro™4,474100.00%
Surface Book 3 15”1
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G73,72283.19%
04,474

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 has a 14-inch display which is slightly smaller than the 15-inch Surface Book 3 15”. In addition, The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 weighs 3.0 lbs. about 40% lighter than the 4.20 lbs. Surface Book 3 15”. Moreover, measured at 12.32” x 8.77” x 0.59”, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is much more portable than the Surface Book 3 15” at 13.5” x 9.87” x 0.9”.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”

Moving over to upgradability, Lenovo claims that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 supports up to 32GB 4267 MHz LPDDR4X memory. However, it has an onboard memory module that is not upgradable by the users. Fortunately, it comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that users can replace and upgrade in the future.

For Surface Book 3 15”, it supports up to 32GB 3733 MHz LPDDR4X memory. Like Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6, it has an onboard memory module that is not upgradable by the users. Luckily, it has a single removable M.2 SSD slot that users can replace or upgrade when needed.

Key Features

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
At Glance
Released in
2021
16:10 4K UHD+
14”
2400p 60Hz
Weight
3.0 lb
1.36 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-1180G7
4C/8T, 2.20 → 4.60 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,364
Single Core
Geekbench 5
4,474
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
96 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
Configurable up to
32GB
4267 MHz LPDDR4X
Released in Mid
2020
3:2 3.2K
15”
2160p 60Hz
Weight
4.20 lb
1.91 kg
Powered By
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
32GB
3733 MHz LPDDR4X
Surface Book 3 15” Ports
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 3000
6GB GDDR6 with Max-Q

Availability

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
Released20212020
Release Date
  • Announced on January 11, 2021 (CES 2021)
  • Available starting February 2021
  • Introduced: May 6, 2020
  • Pre-ordered: May 6, 2020
  • Released: May 12, 2020
PricingStarting at $1,569For Consumer
  • $2,299 - i7 | 16GB | 256GB | GTX 1660 Ti
  • $2,799 - i7 | 32GB | 512GB | GTX 1660 Ti
  • $2,999 - i7 | 32GB | 1TB | GTX 1660 Ti
  • $3,399 - i7 | 32GB | 2TB | GTX 1660 Ti
For Commercial
  • $2,399 - i7 | 16GB | 256GB | GTX 1660 Ti
  • $2,899 - i7 | 32GB | 512GB | GTX 1660 Ti
  • $3,099 - i7 | 32GB | 1TB | GTX 1660 Ti
  • $3,499 - i7 | 32GB | 2TB | GTX 1660 Ti
  • $3,499 - i7 | 32GB | 512GB | RTX 3000
  • $3,699 - i7 | 32GB | 1TB | RTX 3000
Generations-

Exterior

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
Dimensions12.32” x 8.77” x 0.59” (313 x 223 x 14.9 mm)13.5” x 9.87” x 0.568-0.90” (343 mm x 251 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)
WeightStarting at 3.0 lbs (1.35 kg)
  • Total: 4.20 lbs (1,905 g)
  • Tablet: 1.80 lbs (817 g)
Colors
Storm Gray
Platinum
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard:
    • Spill-resistant
    • Color-matched keyboard
    • Backlit with white LED lighting keyboard.
    • Call-control keys (F9-F11)
  • Trackpad + TrackPoint® pointing device:
    • Wider 110mm / 4.33" TrackPad
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size mechanical backlit keyset with 1.55mm travel.
    • Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard.
  • Trackpad:
    • Larger size 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gesture.

Display

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
Size14 Inches15 Inches
Info
  • 14" UHD+ 4K 
    3840 x 2400 IPS Touch Inking HDR400 with Dolby Vision™ 500 nits 90% DCI P3 Color Gamut TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue light emissions
  • 14" FHD+ with PrivacyGuard support 
    1920 x 1200 IPS Touch Inking antiglare PrivacyGuard 500 nits 100% sRGB
  • 14" FHD+ with Low Blue Light support
    1920 x 1200 IPS Touch Inking antiglare 400 nits 100% sRGB TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue light emissions
  • 14" FHD+ with LBL and AR/AS Support  
    1920 x 1200 IPS Touch Inking anti-reflective anti-smudge 400 nits 100% sRGB TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue light emissions antiglare
 
  • Display Resolution: 3240 x 2160 (7M Pixels)
  • Display Density: 260 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1600:1
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch

Ports

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
  • 2 x Thunderbolt™ 4
    Supports Power Delivery & DisplayPort.
  • 2 x USB 3.2Gen 1
    Full-size USB-A ports (1 always on).
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x Headphone / mic combo
  • 1 x Kensington lock slot
  • 1 x Garaged Pen
Surface Book 3 15” Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
Left (3)
  • 2 x USB-A
    USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot
    UHS-II performance
Right (3)
  • 1 x power port
    Charging, Docking
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone, On the tablet
Bottom (1)
  • 1 x power port
    Charging, Docking, On the tablet

Internal Specs

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
Processor
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1130G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.00 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1160G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.20 → 4.40 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
  3. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1180G7 with vPro™
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.20 → 4.60 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
  1. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.30 → 3.90 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1130G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1160G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
  3. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1180G7 with vPro™
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
  1. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7
    Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics
    64 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
Memory
8GB 16GB 32GB
4266 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR4x Memory.
16GB 32GB
3733 MHz LPDDR4x
Discrete Graphics-
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q
    Turning Architecture, 6GB GDDR6, 192-bit, 1245 → 1425 MHz, 1536 CUDA Cores.
  • NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX™ 3000 with Max-Q
    Turning Architecture, 6GB GDDR6,  192-bit, 765 → 1305 MHz, 1920 CUDA Cores, 240 Tensor Cores, 30 RT Cores, Real-time ray tracing, AI hardware acceleration, ODE, QNF,
Storage
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB 2TB
M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSD (Replaceable).
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB 2TB
PCIe SSD

Connectivity

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
Wi-FiIntel® Wi-Fi 6™ AX201 802.11AX (2 x 2)
Up to 2400 Mbps, Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
  • Wi-Fi 6: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible.
BluetoothBluetooth 5.1
  • Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology
More
  • NFC
  • Optional WWAN: 4x4 MIMO 5G (LTE CAT20) / 4G (LTE CAT12)
  • Xbox Wireless built-in

Battery

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
Size57 Wh
  • Total: 90Wh
    Clipboard: 23Wh
    Base: 67Wh
Battery LifeUp to 15 hours
Based on MobileMark® 2018 battery-life benchmark test
Up to 17.5 hours of typical device usage
Power Supply65 W USB (Type-C) power adapter
Supports Rapid Charge.
127W Surface Power Supply with USB-A (7W) charging port.

Software

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
OS
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • For Consumer: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • For Commercial: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Free upgrade to Windows 11
Built-in Apps
Lenovo Vantage
Microsoft Office 365 30-days trial

Camera & Audio

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
Camera
  • Front-facing camera with ThinkShutter privacy shutter
    720p (1280 x 720 HD) camera.
  • Optional: Hybrid Infrared (IR) & HD 720p with ThinkShutter
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio
  • Dolby Atmos™ Speaker System
  • Dolby® Voice®
  • 4 x 360-degree microphones
  • Dual far-field Studio Mics
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos®
    • Support for Windows Sonic for Headphones
    • Support for Dolby® Atmos for Headphones

Misc

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6Surface Book 3 15”
InkingSupports ThinkPad Pen Pro (included)Supports Surface Pen
4096 levels of pressure
Tilt sensing
Best in class latency
Paper feel
0.1mm precision
Sensors
  • Windows Hello compliant Match-on-Chip fingerprint reader on the palm rest
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Ambient light sensor
  • NFC
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • Power-on Touch Fingerprint Reader
  • Match on Chip Touch Fingerprint Reader
  • dTPM 2.0 chip
  • Webcam privacy shutter
  • Optional IR camera
  • HPD sensor with IR camera
  • ThinkPad PrivacyGuard
  • ThinkPad PrivacyAlert
  • Kensington™ lock slot
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box
  • ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6
  • 65W AC adapter
  • ThinkPad Pen Pro
  • 57Wh Internal battery
  • Quick start guide
  • Surface Book 3 15”
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty-One-year limited hardware warranty
More-Supports Surface Dial
Supports both on-screen and off-screen interaction.

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