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Microsoft hardware is having a little bit of an identity crisis. Microsoft calls this new Surface Pro "the most versatile laptop", which means that this tablet is actually a laptop (that can transform into a studio surface). Tell ya what Microsoft, we are going to reach deep inside and see if we can't help. Friends, we present to you the Surface Pro 5 self-discovery teardown!

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  1. Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown, Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 1, image 1 de 2 Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown, Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 1, image 2 de 2
    • From the outside, this Surface Pro looks pretty similar to last year's model. But you know what they say, it's what's on the inside that matters:

    • 12.3” IPS PixelSense Display with 2736 × 1824 resolution (267 PPI)

    • Intel Kaby Lake Core m3 (4M Cache, 2.70 GHz) up to Core i7 (4M Cache, 4.00 GHz) CPU

    • 4 GB/8 GB/16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM

    • 128 GB/256 GB/512 GB/1 TB of solid state storage

    • 8 MP rear-facing 1080p camera, and 5 MP front-facing 1080p Windows Hello camera

    • USB 3.0 port, micro-SD slot, Mini DisplayPort, and SurfaceConnect charging port

    • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

  2. Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 2, image 1 de 2 Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 2, image 2 de 2
    • Stacked on top of its elder sibling, the 5th gen Pro looks very nearly identical. It has the exact same ports in the exact same places, and features the same physical dimensions.

    • The only difference we spy is that the vents are larger—but cut in a different face of the perimeter trench, rendering them much less visible.

    • On the back side, Microsoft engineers show off their latest advancement in hinge technology, with a newly designed mechanism that ekes out an extra 15 degrees of range, up to a 165º angle. Fantastic.

    • With such a similar exterior, it's no surprise that we find an identical opening procedure. Just as in the Surface Pro 4, we apply some iOpener heat, suction up the display, and slice through the adhesive with an opening pick.

    • We start looking for differences and pick out a whopper—Microsoft has traded away the removable blade SSD for a little more battery real estate. There goes the sole upgradeable feature from last year's model.

    • Additional, less-exciting differences include a more spidery heat sink design, four-cell instead of two-cell battery, and svelte new black color scheme.

  3. Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 4, image 1 de 1
    • The back of the display houses a number of chips that look suspiciously similar to the N-trig modules found in the Surface Pro 4:

    • Microsoft X904169 06 CL1714

    • Microsoft X904163 01 CL1715

    • Macronix MX25U1635F 1.8V 16 Mb MXSMIO serial flash memory

    • Microsoft acquired N-trig in 2015. Looks like they've finally fully integrated their tech, slapping a Microsoft label on the chips.

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    • Microsoft claims to have wholly redesigned the passive cooling, to allow both the Core m3 and Core i5 models to run 100% fanless, instead of just the m3 model like last year.

    • It looks like most of the improvement came from shaping the heat sink like a certain Zerg unit.

    • With the heat sink out of the way, we still have to remove a couple of components before the motherboard is free. It's trapped under one speaker and a sensor/camera bezel.

  5. Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 6, image 1 de 1
    • Now that the motherboard is out, let's have some chips:

    • Intel Core m3-7Y30 Processor

    • Samsung KUS020203M-B000 NAND flash memory

    • Samsung K4E8E324EB-EGCF 1 GB LPDDR3 1866 MHz DRAM (4 chips for 4 GB total)

    • Marvell Avastar 88W8897 802.11ac, NFC and Bluetooth SoC

    • Nuvoton NPCT650SBBWX trusted platform module

    • Winbond W25Q128FV 128M-bit Serial Flash Memory

    • Monolithic Power Systems MP2949A tri-loop digital multi-phase controller w/ PMBus interface and MP3376A 8-ch. WLED driver

  6. Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 7, image 1 de 1
    • On the flip side, bonus chips:

    • Freescale/NXP M22J9VDC Kinetis K22F 512KB 120 MHz ARM Cortex-M4 Based MCU

    • Texas Instruments BQ25700A Battery Buck-Boost Charge Controller

    • Realtek ALC3269 Audio Codec

  7. Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 8, image 1 de 2 Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 8, image 2 de 2
    • IC Identification, pt. 2:

    • Monolithic Power Systems MP86901-A and MP86902-B power phase

    • Texas Instruments CSD87334Q3D 20 A power block

    • Monolithic Power Systems NB685A 12 A synchronous buck converter

    • Monolithic Power Systems NB679A and NB680GD 8 A synchronous buck converter

    • Monolithic Power Systems NB681 6 A synchronous buck converter

    • Texas Instruments TPS62085 3 A step-down converter

    • Texas Instruments TPS62140 2 A step-down converter

  8. Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 9, image 1 de 2 Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 9, image 2 de 2
    • IC Identifications, pt. 3:

    • Monolithic Power Systems MP2370DGT white LED driver

    • Texas Instruments TPS62175 0.5 A step down converter

    • Texas Instruments TPS70933 150 mA LDO regulator

    • Texas Instruments TLV3011 comparator w/ voltage reference

    • ON Semiconductor CAT24C16 16 Kb serial EEPROM memory and Winbond W25X40CL 4 Mb serial NOR flash memory

    • Bosch Sensortec BMI160 3-axis accelerometer/gyroscope

    • Bosch Sensortec BMA254 accelerometer (likely)

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    • IC Identifications, pt. 4:

    • Texas Instruments SN74AVC2T245 dual-supply bus transceiver

    • Texas Instruments TS3USB30E high-speed USB 2.0 1:2 mux/demux switch

    • Nexperia (formerly NXP Semiconductor) 74LVC125A 3-state quad buffer/line driver

    • Nexperia (formerly NXP Semiconductor) 74AUP1G32 2-input OR-gate

  10. Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 11, image 1 de 1
    • If we learned anything from the last Surface Pro we tore down, it's that the battery is a pain to remove, and it doesn't go back in quite the same.

    • So, we're gonna keep it glued in today...

    • This four-cell LiPo measures in at 45 Wh (7.57 V x 5940 mAh). That's a nearly 18% increase in battery capacity (and 100% increase in cell count) over the previous model.

    • To compare Apples to Apples Surfaces, the 10.5" iPad Pro we tore down last week sports a 30.8 Wh battery.

  11. Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 12, image 1 de 2 Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Teardown: étape 12, image 2 de 2
    • That's all folks!

    • All told, it’s nearly identical to its predecessor—aside from ditching the last remaining upgradable component, the modular SSD. Yeah, Microsoft impressed us—by being way worse than we expected.

    • For more teardown action, check out our Surface Laptop teardown!

    • Psst—hey, wanna take a peek at the Core i7 Surface Pro? Thanks to Creative Electron, we got the goods.

    • Not much difference between the models, but that mysterious empty space under the heat sink is indeed filled with extra cooling power in the form of a fan.

  12. Dernières pensées
    • Although we like connectors, the ones present in the Surface Pro aren't standard, making display removal tricky.
    • The display removal procedure is simplified by the use of thin foam adhesive and a fused display, but is still not trivial.
    • Adhesive holds many components in place, including the display and battery.
    • Replacement of any part requires removal of the display assembly, an easy part to damage.
    • The SSD is no longer replaceable.
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31 commentaires

You forgot to document the micro SD card reader controller and a few other less notable members of the entourage of chips. Is it still the Realtek one, the RTS5304, from the Surface Pro 4? I am curious as to if they improved that aspect at all as well.

Hifihedgehog - Réponse

it should be Realtek RTS5343

JJ Wu -

Thanks for the New Hope Trench distraction :-)

furbies - Réponse

How about those parts from MPS? Would you add them? Thanks.

tebukn - Réponse

Can I use surface pro 4 screen replacement on the new surface pro 5/2017?

Shailesh Soliwal - Réponse

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