Surface Book 2 15” vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9: Full specs comparison

Here is a comparison of the specs between Surface Book 2 15” and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9, including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Surface Book 2 15” Pros

Reasons that Surface Book 2 15” is better than Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9.

Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 vs. integrated

7% larger display

Surface Book 2 15” has a 15-inch screen size 7% larger than the 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9.

Display size
Surface Book 2 15”
15-inch
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
14-inch

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Pros

Reasons that Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is better than Surface Book 2 15”.

Significantly newer manufacturing

2021 vs. 2017

Slightly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-1180G7 inside Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 has a 15% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-8650U inside Surface Book 2 15”.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 - Intel Core i7-1180G7
4,474
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 - Intel Core i7-1160G7
4,238
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 - Intel Core i5-1130G7
4,079
Surface Book 2 15” - Intel Core i7-8650U
3,879
Surface Book 2 15” - Intel Core i5-8350U
2,982
Supports larger memory

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 supports a larger memory capacity than the Surface Book 2 15”. It supports up to 32GB versus 16GB of system memory on the Surface Book 2 15”.

Max system memory size
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
32 GB
Surface Book 2 15”
16 GB
Supports faster memory

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 supports a faster memory speed than the Surface Book 2 15”. It supports up to 4267MHz versus 1866MHz of system memory on the Surface Book 2 15”.

Memory type and speed
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 - LPDDR4X
4,267 MHz
Surface Book 2 15” - LPDDR3
1,866 MHz
About 41% lighter

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 weighed 2.49 pounds, 41% lighter than the 4.20 pounds Surface Book 2 15”.

WeightSurface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Pound
4.20 lbs.
2.49 lbs.
Kilogram
1.91 kg
1.13 kg

Prices

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

Surface Book 2 15” Price
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
$694.95
$799.99 13% OFF
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$599.99
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1 TB) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1 TB) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$1,475.00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Price
Lenovo Thinkpadx1 Carbon Gen9 Intel Evo Core i7-1185G7| Windows11 Pro| 14inch WQXGA 16:10 IPS Display| Backlit Keyboard| Thunderbolt4| Wi-Fi6| Fingerprint| HDMI Cable (16GB RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD)
Lenovo Thinkpadx1 Carbon Gen9 Intel Evo Core i7-1185G7| Windows11 Pro| 14inch WQXGA 16:10 IPS Display| Backlit Keyboard| Thunderbolt4| Wi-Fi6| Fingerprint| HDMI Cable (16GB RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD)
By Lenovo
$1,169.99
LENOVO ThinkPad X1 Carbon 9th Gen 9 Intel Core i7-1165G7, FHD Non-Touch Screen,16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, Backlit KYB Fingerprint Reader, Windows Pro
LENOVO ThinkPad X1 Carbon 9th Gen 9 Intel Core i7-1165G7, FHD Non-Touch Screen,16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, Backlit KYB Fingerprint Reader, Windows Pro
By LENOVO
$964.98
$1,019.00 5% OFF
Lenovo Gen 9 ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop with Intel i7-1165G7 Processor, 14" WUXGA 100%sRGB Anti-Glare Display, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 2.49lbs, Carbon Fiber, Windows11 Pro, and Three Year Premier Warranty
Lenovo Gen 9 ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop with Intel i7-1165G7 Processor, 14" WUXGA 100%sRGB Anti-Glare Display, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 2.49lbs, Carbon Fiber, Windows11 Pro, and Three Year Premier Warranty
By Lenovo
$1,119.98

Availability

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Released20172021
Release Date
  • Introduced: October 17, 2017
  • Pre-ordered: November 9, 2017
  • Released: November 16, 2017
  • Announced on January 11, 2021 (CES 2021)
  • Available starting February 2021
PricingStarting at 1,999$Starting at $1,429
Generations-

Exterior

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Size Comparison
Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Dimensions13.5” x 9.87” x 0.57”-0.90” (343 mm x 251 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)12.38” x 8.72” x 0.59” (314.5 x 221.6 x 14.9 mm)
Weight
  • Total: 4.20 lbs (1,905 g)
  • Tablet: 1.80 lbs (817 g)
Starting at 2.49 lbs (1.13 kg)
Colors
Platinum
Black
Optional woven carbon fiber top cover
Keyboard and 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.
  • Spill-resistant, Backlit with white LED lighting keyboard.
  • New FN row F9-F11
  • Trackpad + TrackPoint® pointing device.

Display

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Size15 Inches14 Inches
Info
  • 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
  • 14" UHD+
    16:10 3840 x 2400 IPS low-power HDR400 with Dolby Vision™ DCI P3 100% 500 nits TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue light emissions
  • 14" FHD+
    16:10 1920 x 1200 IPS anti-glare low-power 100% sRGB 400 nits Low-power TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue light emissions
  • 14" FHD+ with Touch support 
    16:10 1920 x 1200 IPS anti-glare touchscreen 100% sRGB 400 nits TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue light emissions
  • 14" FHD+ with Touch & PrivacyGuard support 
    16:10 1920 x 1200 IPS anti-glare touchscreen 100% sRGB PrivacyGuard 500 nits

Ports

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Surface Book 2 15” Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
  • 2 x Full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1
    Supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort.
  • 2 x Surface Connect™
    1 in tablet, 1 in keyboard base, both supports charging and docking.
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Full-size SDXC card reader
    UHS-II Performance
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Ports
Image Source: Lenovo
Left (4)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x HDMI
    v2.0
Right (4)
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
  • 1 x nanoSIM card slot
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Always On
  • 1 x lock slot
    Kensington Lock

Internal Specs

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Processor
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.70 → 3.60 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.90 → 4.20 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  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
Integrated Graphics
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  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
Memory
8GB 16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
8GB 16GB 32GB
4266 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR4x Memory.
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060
    Pascal Architecture, 6GB GDDR5 192-bit, 1404 → 1670 MHz, 1280 CUDA Cores.
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Storage
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
1 x M.2 2280 PCIe SSD
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB 2TB
M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSD (Replaceable).

Connectivity

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Intel® 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.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Bluetooth 5.1
More-Optional WWAN: 4x4 MIMO 5G (LTE CAT20) / 4G (LTE CAT12)

Battery

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Size
  • Total: 90Wh
    Clipboard: 23Wh
    Base: 67Wh
57 Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 17 hours of video playback
  • Up to 5 hours in tablet mode
Up to 15 hours
Based on MobileMark® 2018 battery-life benchmark test
Power Supply
  • 102W power supply with USB-A (7.5W) charging port.
65 W USB (Type-C) power adapter
Supports Rapid Charge.

Software

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
OSWindows 10 Pro (Creators Update)
Free upgrade to Windows 11
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office 365 30-days trial
Lenovo Vantage

Camera & Audio

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Camera
  • 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
  • Front-facing camera with ThinkShutter privacy shutter
    720p (1280 x 720 HD) camera.
  • Optional: Hybrid Infrared (IR) & HD 720p with ThinkShutter
Audio
  • Dual microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • Support for Windows Sonic for Headphones
  • Support for Dolby® Atmos for Headphones
  • Dolby Atmos™ Speaker System
  • Dolby® Voice®
  • 4 x 360-degree microphones

Misc

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
InkingSupports Surface Pen
4096 levels of pressure
Tilt sensing
Best in class latency
Paper feel
0.1mm precision
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Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader on the palm rest
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Ambient light sensor
  • NFC
Security
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • Power-on Touch Fingerprint Reader
  • Match on Chip Touch Fingerprint Reader
  • dTPM 2.0 chip
  • Webcam privacy shutter
  • HPD sensor with IR Camera
  • ThinkPad PrivacyGuard
  • ThinkPad PrivacyAlert
  • Kensington™ lock slot
In the box
  • Surface Book 2 15”
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
  • 65W AC adapter
  • 57Wh Internal battery
  • Quick Start Guide
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty1-year Depot or Carry-in
MoreSupports Surface Dial
Supports both on-screen and off-screen interaction.
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Key Features

Surface Book 2 15”Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
At Glance
Released in Late
2017
3:2 3.2K
15”
2160p 60Hz
Weight
4.20 lb
1.91 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-8650U
4C/8T, 1.90 → 4.20 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,106
Single Core
Geekbench 5
3,879
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics 620
24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3
Surface Book 2 15” Ports
Nvidia GeForce
GTX 1060
6GB GDDR5
Released in Early
2021
16:9 4K UHD+
14”
2400p 60Hz
Weight
2.49 lb
1.13 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
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Ports

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