Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 vs. Surface Pro 4

Here is a side by side comparison between Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 and Surface Pro 4 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Key Differences

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 image

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4

Surface Pro 4 image

Surface Pro 4

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 Pros

Reasons that Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 is better than Surface Pro 4.

Much newer manufacturing

2019 vs. 2015

Much faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-10710U inside Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 has a 172% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-6650U inside Surface Pro 4.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 - Intel Core i7-10710U
4,786
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 - Intel Core i7-10510U
2,942
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 - Intel Core i5-10210U
2,933
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 - Intel Core i7-8665U
2,425
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 - Intel Core i5-8365U
2,419
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 - Intel Core i7-8565U
2,327
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 - Intel Core i5-8265U
2,132
Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i7-6650U
1,757
Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i5-6300U
1,319
Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core m3-6Y30
1,058
Supports faster memory

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 supports a faster memory speed than the Surface Pro 4. It supports up to 2133MHz versus 1866MHz of system memory on the Surface Pro 4.

Memory type and speed
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 - LPDDR3
2,133 MHz
Surface Pro 4 - LPDDR3
1,866 MHz
13% larger display

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 has a 14-inch screen size 13% larger than the 12.3-inch Surface Pro 4.

Display size
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4
14-inch
Surface Pro 4
12.3-inch

Surface Pro 4 Pros

Reasons that Surface Pro 4 is better than Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4.

About 44% lighter

Surface Pro 4 weighed 1.69 pounds, 44% lighter than the 2.99 pounds Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4.

WeightLenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
Pound
2.99 lbs.
1.69 lbs.
Kilogram
1.36 kg
0.77 kg

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4: Our analysis and reviews

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4.

Supports Windows 11

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4
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 Yoga Gen 4 lasts up to 18.3 hours of battery life.

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

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 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 Yoga Gen 4.

Non-upgradable memory

Surface Pro 4: Our analysis and reviews

Surface Pro 4 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Surface Pro 4.

Good battery life of up to 9-hours

According to Microsoft, the Surface Pro 4 lasts up to 9 hours of battery life.

Up to 9 hours of video playback
Upgradable storage

Surface Pro 4 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 Surface Pro 4.

Not supports Windows 11
RequirementsSurface Pro 4
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core m3-6Y30 → Intel Core i7-6650U
4GB RAM4GB → 16GB
64GB Drive128GB → 1TB
2 Cores CPU2 cores
Non-upgradable memory

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

Significantly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-6650U inside Surface Pro 4 has a 42% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-4650U inside Surface Pro 3.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i7-6650U
1,757
Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i5-6300U
1,319
Surface Pro 3 - Intel Core i7-4650U
1,236
Surface Pro 3 - Intel Core i5-4300U
1,234
Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core m3-6Y30
1,058
Surface Pro 3 - Intel Core i3-4020Y
782
Supports larger memory

Surface Pro 4 supports a larger memory capacity than the Surface Pro 3. It supports up to 16GB versus 8GB of system memory on the Surface Pro 3.

Max system memory size
Surface Pro 4
16 GB
Surface Pro 3
8 GB
Supports faster memory

Surface Pro 4 supports a faster memory speed than the Surface Pro 3. It supports up to 1866MHz versus 1600MHz of system memory on the Surface Pro 3.

Memory type and speed
Surface Pro 4 - LPDDR3
1,866 MHz
Surface Pro 3 - LPDDR3
1,600 MHz

Key Features

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
At Glance
Released in
2019
16:9 4K UHD
14”
2160p 60Hz
Weight
2.99 lb
1.36 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 Mid
2015
3:2 2.7K
12.3”
1824p 60Hz
Weight
1.69 lb
0.77 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-6650U
2C/4T, 2.20 → 3.40 GHz
Geekbench 5
764
Single Core
Geekbench 5
1,757
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Graphics 540
48 Execution Units with 64 MB eDRAM side cache, 300 → 1050 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3
Surface Pro 4 Ports

Availability

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
Released20192015
Release Date
  • Announced at Lenovo Tech Life (Sep 2019)
  • Introduced: October 7, 2015
  • Pre-ordered: October 7, 2015
  • Released: October 26, 2015
Pricing-Starting at 899$
Generations-
Stores

Exterior

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
Size Comparison
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
Dimensions12.71” x 8.58” x 0.61” (333 x 218 x 15.5 mm)
Width: 12.71” (333 mm)
Depth: 8.58” (218 mm)
Height: 0.61” (15.5 mm)
11.50” x 7.93” x 0.33” (292 mm x 201.42 mm x 8.4 mm)
Width: 11.50” (292 mm)
Height: 7.93” (201.42 mm)
Thickness: 0.33” (8.4 mm)
WeightStarting at 2.99 lbs (1.35 kg)
  • Intel Core m3: 1.69 lbs (766 g)
  • Intel Core i5 and i7: 1.73 lbs (786 g)
Colors
Iron Grey
Silver
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 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
Size14 Inches12.3 Inches
Info
  • 14” FHD (1920 x 1080)
    IPS, low power, anti-reflection, anti-smudge, touchscreen, 400 nits.
  • 14” WQHD (2560 x 1440)
    IPS, anti-reflection, anti-smudge, touchscreen, 300 nits.
  • 14” 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
    IPS, anti-reflection, anti-smudge, touchscreen, with Dolby Vision™ HDR400, 500 nits.
* All supports inking capability.
  • Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (5M Pixels)
  • Density: 267 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Contrast ratio: 1300:1
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch with GPU-based processing
  • 100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated

Ports

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 image
  • 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3
    Supports Power Delivery & DisplayPort.
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
    Full-size USB-A ports (1 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 (Fibocom L850-GL 4G LTE-A cat 9) (optional)
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x Kensington lock slot
  • 1 x Ethernet Extension Connector (Dongle for Native Ethernet sold separately)
  • 1 x Pen Storage
Surface Pro 4 image
Surface Pro 4 Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
Left (1)
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (3)
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x Surface Connect
    Charging, Docking Station
Bottom (1)
  • 1 x Type Cover port
Under Kickstand (1)
  • 1 x microSD card slot

Internal Specs

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
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. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y30
    2 cores, 4 threads, 0.90 → 2.20 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 4.5W
  2. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.40 → 3.00 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 15W
  3. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6650U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.20 → 3.40 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 41
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8265U64561.37%
2
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8365U63860.70%
3
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U80476.50%
4
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U76572.79%
5
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U94489.82%
6
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U95791.06%
7
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10710U1,051100.00%
Surface Pro 41
6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y3046544.24%
2
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U58655.76%
3
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6650U76472.69%
01,051

Geekbench 5 Multi Core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 41
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 41
6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y301,05822.11%
2
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U1,31927.56%
3
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6650U1,75736.71%
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. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3-6Y30
    Intel® HD Graphics 515
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 850 MHz
  2. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U
    Intel® HD Graphics 520
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1000 MHz
  3. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6650U
    Intel® Iris® Graphics 540
    48 Execution Units with 64 MB eDRAM side cache, 300 → 1050 MHz
Memory
  • 8GB 16GB
    2133 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR3 SRAM.
4GB 8GB 16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
  • 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
    M.2 2280 PCIe SSD.
128 GB 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
PCIe NVMe SSD

Connectivity

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
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 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
More
  • NFC
  • WWAN: Fibocom L850-GL 4G LTE-A cat 9
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Battery

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
Size
  • 4-cell smart lithium-ion
  • Battery Capacity: 51 Wh
38.2 Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 18.3 hours
* Tested with MobileMark 2014
Up to 9 hours of video playback
Power Supply65 W USB (Type-C) power adapter
Supports Rapid Charge.
  • 36W proprietary power supply
    • USB-A output: 5W
    • Surface Connect: 31W

Software

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
OS
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Windows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps-Microsoft Office 30-days trial

Camera & Audio

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
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 microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio

Misc

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4Surface Pro 4
Inking
  • Supports ThinkPad Pen Pro (included)
Supports Surface Pen
1024 levels of pressure
magnetic storage
Sensors
  • Windows Hello compliant Match-on-Chip fingerprint reader on the palm rest
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
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 (required IR Camera)
  • 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 4
  • Surface Pen
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty-
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
More-
  • Mechanical features: Signature unibody magnesium design with hidden perimeter venting
  • Kickstand with a full-friction multiposition hinge to 150 degrees
  • Magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power

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