Surface Pro 11: Power of Snapdragon & OLED

Surface Pro 11: Power of Snapdragon & OLED

In the realm of detachable Windows laptops, Microsoft’s Surface Pro series remains a prominent player. The latest model, the Surface Pro 11, introduces significant improvements with its Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite processor and OLED display, addressing previous performance issues and enhancing the user experience.

Key Features and Improvements

  • Processor and Performance
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite: The Surface Pro 11’s Snapdragon X Elite processor breaks the mold, offering competitive performance and fewer compatibility issues for mainstream use and graphic design tasks.
    • Battery Life: Promises approximately 13 hours of video streaming and delivers robust everyday battery performance for various tasks.
    • Performance Consistency: Maintains performance well even on battery power, unlike many Intel and AMD systems.
  • Display
    • 13-inch OLED Screen: Features a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate, DisplayHDR 600, and Dolby Vision IQ. The display is well-calibrated for sRGB and P3 color profiles, making it ideal for color-sensitive tasks.
    • Brightness: Achieves peak brightness of about 890 nits in a 10% window and roughly 650 nits full screen, with a white point close to 6500K at optimal brightness levels.
  • Graphics
    • Adreno 741 Integrated GPU: Suitable for light gaming and graphic tasks. Excels with the Vulkan API but shows limitations with DirectX 12, affecting its capability for AAA gaming.
    • Shared Memory: 16GB of memory shared between the system and GPU, which can be limiting for high-memory tasks.

Design and Build

  • Weight: Lightweight at 2.0 lbs (895 g).
  • Ports: Includes 2 x USB 4 ports and 1 x Microsoft Surface connector.
  • Kickstand: Versatile flip-out kickstand allowing adjustable viewing angles, maintaining the design’s hallmark feature.

Pricing and Configurations

  • Base Model: Starts at $1,000, without a keyboard or stylus, featuring the Snapdragon X Plus, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and an LCD display.
  • Reviewed Model: $1,950, featuring the Snapdragon X Elite, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and OLED display.
  • Accessories: Flex keyboard and Slim Pen available for an additional $450.

Performance Insights

  • Battery Performance: Delivers just under 13 hours of streaming video, with everyday tasks yielding more than 5 hours on high performance settings.
  • Gaming: Performs well with Vulkan-based games, but DirectX 12 performance is suboptimal. Not designed for AAA gaming but supports cloud gaming efficiently with excellent Wi-Fi performance.

Accessories and Usability

  • Flex Keyboard: Improved design for lap usability, includes charging nook for the Slim Pen 2.
  • Stylus: Slim Pen 2 offers good friction, though the flat shape may be tiring for prolonged use. The button’s rattle can be annoying.

Pros and Cons


  • Significant performance improvement with Snapdragon X Elite.
  • Excellent OLED display with HDR capabilities.
  • Long battery life and consistent performance on battery.
  • Versatile design with adjustable kickstand.


  • High cost of accessories.
  • Compatibility concerns with some applications.
  • Limited gaming performance with DirectX 12.

Final Thoughts

The Surface Pro 11 is a commendable upgrade in the Surface lineup, delivering on performance and display quality. While it is a substantial investment, especially with the additional cost of accessories, it offers significant improvements for users seeking a powerful and versatile detachable laptop.

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