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Our Verdict

If you definitely want a lightweight, versatile 2-in-1 device for writing reports, creating presentations, consuming media, and general computer duties, then the Pixel Slate is perfectly capable of this. But once you start to factor in the additional cost of moving up from the base-unit, then adding the keyboard and stylus, the picture becomes murky. At around £900 or more, it doesn’t seem a sensible way to spend that much money.  The Surface Pro 6 has a similar conundrum, in that once you factor in the keyboard and Pen, you’re up in the territory where price tags come with commas. At least with the Surface Pro 6 you’re getting a device that can run almost any software at all and be used as a half-decent gaming PC. In all honesty, we’d encourage potential buyers to take a look at the Pixelbook and Surface Laptop 2 before making a decision. Or, if a tablet is really what you want, then the much cheaper 9.7in iPad just can’t be beat right now.

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Price and availability

The Pixel Slate has no confirmed release date at the time of writing, but Google has said that it will appear before the end of the year. 

There’s a range of models, starting at £549/US$599 for the base tablet with an Intel Celeron processor 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage, and going up to £1,549/$1,599 for an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Adding the (necessary) keyboard will cost £189/US$199, and the stylus – the Pixelbook Pen – comes in at £79/US$99.

Microsoft’s latest iteration of the Surface Pro is available from 16 October and offers a number of configurations. These start at £879/US$899 for the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 with 128GB of storage and 8GB Ram, and goes up to £2,149/US$2,299 if you want an Intel Core i7, 1TB of storage, and 16GB of RAM.

To get the most from the Surface Pro 6 you’ll also need a keyboard cover (starts at £129.99/US$129.99) and the Surface Pen (£99/US$99).

You can pre-order the Surface Pro 6 from Microsoft.

If you don’t mind a smaller device, then the recently announced Surface Go is another option. This mini-tablet has a 10in display and costs £379/US$399 for the base model or £509/US$549 for the more powerful version.

Again, you’ll need to factor in the price of a Keyboard cover which amounts to £99/US$129, and if you want the Surface Pen that’ll be another £99/US$99.

You can order the Surface Go from Microsoft today, but first you might want to read our full Surface Go review.

Design and build

The Pixel Slate features a 12.3in ‘Molecular’ display, which is comprised of 6 million pixels (3000×2000) and delivers 293ppi for crisp, detailed images.

The metal body is larger than a standard tablet (290mm x 202mm x 7mm), due to the screen size. But, by clever placement of the internals, the balance is well measured and makes the device feel lighter than its 721g.

Twin front-facing speakers adorn the side bezels, while the power button on the top edge also works as a fingerprint sensor. The only other feature on the front panel is an 8Mp f/1.9 camera that features a wide field of view so that video calls with multiple people doesn’t require everyone’s cheeks to be touching.

A Midnight Blue livery covers the back, where you’ll also find another 8Mp camera, this time with an f/1.8 aperture.

Two USB-C ports (one on either flank) are the connections of offer, both with capabilities for Charging, 4K Display output, and fast data transfer. One glaring omission is a headphone jack. Google no doubt has some complicated reason for this, but in all honesty it’s just plain stupid. This is a tablet and as such has room for the simple and useful addition of a 3.5mm port.

The Surface Pro 6 is very similar in design to its predecessor the Surface Pro. Thankfully Microsoft has restored some logic to its naming conventions, hence the reappearance of a number to denote which Surface you’re holding.

The main difference is a switch from the solitary magnesium colouring of the older model, to the option of a cool looking matte black on the Pro 6.  Otherwise, it’s the same 292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm dimensions, 12.3in PixelSense display, and strange lack of any USB-C port at all.

Why this remains the case in 2023 is anybody’s guess, but you’ll once more have to do with a single USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect, microSDXC card reader, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

We’re still big fans of the built-in kickstand, which remains a ridiculously elegant way to position the Surface Pro 6 at the right angle for typing, watching videos, or resting on your lap.    

Camera-wise, there’s a 5Mp front-facing 1080p unit, which also supports Windows Hello facial recognition, and an 8Mp,1080p shooter on the back. These are accompanied by 1.6W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium.

Features and specs

To get anything like the full potential out of either of these devices requires buying both the external keyboard and dedicated stylus. While the Surface Pro 6 can act happily as a tablet (insofar as Windows 10 is a tablet OS), it’s too heavy to hold for gaming or idly browsing the web, and the amount of optimised apps pales in comparison to the riches of something like an iPad.

It’s a similar story with the Pixel Slate. Yes, you can use it as a tablet, but given the choice between that and the iPad, even the most ardent Google fan would have to admit that the Apple route would be the one to take.

Adding the keyboards does change this equation quite significantly. If you’re a fan of Chromebooks, but want a premium device that can also double as a tablet, then the Pixel Slate is a compelling option. Chrome OS has developed quite substantially in recent years, and the lightweight hardware of the Pixel Slate is a perfect way to experience the productivity and leisure capabilities.

Depending on which configuration you go for, there’s plenty of power on offer, and even the Celeron models should zip along at a decent clip thanks to the lightweight nature of the operating system. However, we didn’t see this in practice when we got our hands on a Slate at the launch.

Again, you can configure the Surface Pro 6 to be a light-use device or production powerhouse depending on which CPU and RAM option you take. But, whereas Chrome OS doesn’t need much in the way of storage and RAM, we’d certainly recommend opting for somewhere a little up the chain if you want the Pro 6 to be future-proofed for a few years.

Here’s a breakdown of the technical specs for both devices;

 Pixel SlateSurface Pro 6Operating SystemChromeOSWindows 10 HomeDisplay12.3in Molecular display 3000 x 2000 (293 ppi)12.3in PixelSense 2736 x 1824 (267ppi)Memory4GB/8GB/16GB8GB or 16GBProcessor8th Gen Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 processor, or Intel CeleronIntel Core i5 / i7 8th GenStorage32GB up to 256GB128GB up to 1TBPorts2 x USB-C, connector for Pixel Slate keyboard1 x USB 3, headphone, mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect, microSD card reader, connector for Type Cover keyboardDimensions291mm x 202mm x 7mm292mm x 201mm x 8.5mmWeight721g770g (784g for Core i7)ColoursMidnight blueBlack, PlatinumBattery lifeUp to 10 hoursUp to 13.5 hoursPriceFrom £549/$599From £879/$899


This is where the rubber will really hit the road for most people. While either device is passable as a tablet, their main use will almost certainly be for getting things done. In that respect you have a clear choice between the full Windows 10 experience that comes with the Surface Pro 6, replete with the wide range of apps that run on the device itself, or the cloud-focussed ChromeOS on the Pixel Slate.

Now, it should be noted that many production apps, such as Google Docs, Sheets, and others, will run offline on Chromebooks, and thus the Pixel Slate. You can also download games, movies, TV shows, and music to enjoy when you’re not connected, but this is where the smaller storage options could cause problems.

Google has also given newer ChomeOS machines, the Pixel Slate included, the ability to run Android apps. This does add a fair amount of content, but these do tend to run in boxes on the screen rather than as optimised full-screen apps. In time we hope this will change, but at the moment it’s not quite there.

Google Assistant is a useful tool though, with its best-in-class voice recognition interface allowing users to launch apps, start emails and messages, or generally control the device without touching it.

The Surface Pro 6 is a fully-fledged PC, and as such will run anything you’d normally expect on a desktop Windows 10 machine. The Pixel Slate is a fancy Chromebook, albeit with an OS that’s been optimised for touch.

Specs Google Pixel Slate: Specs

Google Chrome OS



aluminium casing

Midnight Blue colour

Power button with fingerprint sensor

Storage: 32GB / 64GB / 128GB / 256GB

12.3in Molecular Display

3000×2000 pixels, 293ppi

10-point multi-touch

Pixelbook Pen Input

8th generation Intel Core i5 / Core m3 / Celeron Processor

4GB / 8GB / 16GB RAM

Wi-Fi (802.11ac)

Bluetooth 4.2

Two 8MP Full HD cameras, front- and rear-facing

Microphone, Stereo speakers

2x USB-C ports

Pixel Slate Keyboard port

Titan security chip

48Whr battery, up to 10 hours

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Best Windows Tablet: Surface Pro Vs. Dell, Hp, And Lenovo Tablets

The five contenders are the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable, the HP Elite Folio, the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, and the new Surface Pro 8. We’re still testing a sixth tablet, the Surface Go 3. Historically, we’ve seen Microsoft push hard with generation after generation of new Windows tablets. Third-party manufacturers haven’t been as consistent, but they’ve offered their own improvements, including webcam covers, superior keyboards, and powerful, sophisticated support utilities.

Our individual reviews delve deeply into each tablet’s strengths and weaknesses. In this article, however, we’ll provide a top-down comparison of the five we’ve tested, focusing on the areas that should be of particular interest to a Windows tablet buyer. We’ve also compared all five tablets using our standard benchmark suite, and present our results alongside some traditional laptops.

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The tablets we were sent for review by the four manufacturers varied by price and configuration, but the lowest-priced base option is the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+—though adding a pen and keyboard elevates the price above the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1. At the time of our latest update to this article, the two cheapest Surface Pro 7+ options were also sold out, making the standalone Surface Pro 8 the more affordable option.

Once kitted out with a keyboard and optional pen, each tablet is roughly similar in price, though your preferred configuration can alter that price significantly. Only the HP Elite Folio actually includes both accessories as part of the purchase price, however. Lenovo charges extra for a pen ($51.98 on Amazon) with 4,096 levels of pressure, and Microsoft suggests you buy its Surface Pro Signature Type Cover ($139 on Amazon) and Surface Pen ($89 on Amazon) for optimum functionality.

The Surface Pro 8 is designed for use with the $129.99 Surface Slim Pen 2 and a $179.99 Surface Pro Signature Keyboard, which accommodates the rechargeable Slim Pen 2 in a special keyboard cubby. This also means that you won’t be able to use older Surface detachable keyboards (say, from a Surface Pro 4) with the Surface Pro 8. Any detached Bluetooth keyboard, of course, will work just fine.

Dell informed us that while the company provided us with a pen and a tablet for our review, the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable Travel Keyboard costs an additional $199.99, and its Latitude 7320 Detachable Active Pen also sells separately, for $69.99.

Dell’s Latitude 7320 Detachable is one of two Windows tablets PCWorld recommends.

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We’ve included the base pricing of our review units below as of press time, excluding the cost of any peripherals, with the price of our review unit in parentheses. Note that Lenovo offers substantial “discounts” for buying direct on its site.

Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable: $1,559 on up ($2,189 as tested)

HP Elite Folio: $1,895 on up ($1,889 as tested)

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1: $1,819 on up; $1,091.40 after discounts ($2,219.00 as tested; $1,331.40 after discount)

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+: $900 on up; ($1,650 as tested)

Microsoft Surface Pro 8: $1,099 on up; ($1,600 as tested)

We consider the lowest-priced model of the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable, with 4GB of memory, too skimpy for everyday use. But if you don’t mind a Core i3, the minimum $899.99 configuration of the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ is certainly feasible.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7+ offers a variety of prices and configurations to serve most budgets. It’s one of the best Windows tablets too.

Weight, portability, and overall design

We prefer the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ and Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable here, as they offer the best combination of features. Technically, only three are “traditional” tablets:  We’d categorize the HP Elite Folio as a 2-in-1, but the separate tablet and keyboard are wrapped together inside of a faux-leather sheath that connects both the tablet and keyboard as a single unit. Instead of physically separating, the Folio’s tablet can “pull forward” or swivel back like a traditional tablet. The others use integrated kickstands that allow the tablets to recline.

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In all, the Folio is stronger and more stable than other tablets, but its design adds weight and removes some of the flexibility, too. On the Dell and Lenovo tablets, the connection between the keyboard and tablet is especially weak, so consider this if you like working with a tablet on your lap.

HP’s Elite Folio plays with the notion of a “traditional” tablet, with a non-detachable keyboard.

If your concern is which Windows tablet is the lightest, the answer is both the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 and Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, which both weigh in at 2.4 pounds. We’ve included the weights below from our scale:

Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable: 1.70lb, 2.50lb with keyboard

HP Elite Folio: 2.95lb

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1: 1.65lb, 2.40lb with keyboard

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+: 1.75lb, 2.40lb with keyboard

From a peripherals perspective, only the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable and Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 offer Thunderbolt-equipped ports. Both of the others offer more generic USB-C connections. While all of the tablets offer Windows Hello biometric depth cameras, both the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable and the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable offer a fingerprint reader as well, for an additional login option.

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Display size and brightness

There are noticeable differences in the displays. Both the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable and HP Elite Folio offer larger 13.3-inch displays, while the other Surface Pro 7+ and Lenovo tablet include smaller 12.3-inch displays. The Surface Pro 8 splits the difference with a 13-inch screen. Which tablet offers the brightest display? That distinction goes to the HP Folio, with a blazing 1,000-nit option that’s ideal for outdoor work, or the Dell Latitude, with its 500-nit display. (We consider 250 nits the minimum for indoor work.) The tablet with the highest-resolution display is the Microsoft Surface Pro 8, at 2,880 x 1,920, though the others include 1920×1280 displays that look just fine.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 provides a solid mix of Thunderbolt ports and biometric login options, making it a good professional tablet.

Keyboard and typing experience

Personally, I preferred  both the Dell Latitude and Microsoft’s keyboards over the others. The Surface Pro Signature Keyboard designed for the Surface Pro 8 feels the same under your fingers, but grips the tablet tightly. The rechargeable pen is especially useful.

Webcam and audio experience

While we’re not going to show you representative images from all of the webcams here, one tablet stands out: the Surface Pro 7+. Both the Surface Pro 7+ and the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 offer 1080p resolution on their user-facing cameras, but the color and white balance on the Surface Pro 7+ is head and shoulders above the others. The Surface Pro 8 is further optimized for color exposure as well, but overcorrects for skin tone.

The webcam on the Surface Pro 7+ offers superior color balance and resolution over the others.

The Surface Pro 7+ does not offer a physical webcam shutter, however, or even a button on the keyboard to turn it off. Both the HP Elite Folio and Lenovo ThinkPad Detachable offer physical webcam shutters.

We simply let our ears be the judge of which tablets offer the best audio. Here, we found that only the Lenovo’s speakers disappointed us. All of the other tablets performed well, with the usual caveat: Don’t expect that much in the way of bass from a flat tablet. You can always use headphones, though.

Battery life

Windows on Arm laptops have a reputation for long battery life, and the HP Elite Folio absolutely lives up to the stereotype. The Elite Folio delivers 932 minutes (15.5 hours) of battery life, which is 54 percent more than either the Surface Pro 7+ or the Dell Latitude Detachable. The Surface Pro 8 slips a bit under those two, tying the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1.

Tablets and laptops with Qualcomm Snapdragon chips inside them tend to have long battery life, and the HP Elite Folio certainly does…just not as long as some older Snapdragon-powered devices.

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System utilities

You may not care about what sort of applications are bundled with these tablets, but we do. All of them were refreshingly free of the “bloatware” cheaper PCs come saddled with. Two of them shipped with their own vendor-developed system utilities. These apps supplement or replace operating system tools, in that they can be used to update firmware, drivers, or other utilities without Windows getting in the way. Neither the Elite Folio nor the Surface Pro tablets do anything noteworthy here.

Lenovo’s Vantage software and Dell’s suite of Dell utilities are both superb, providing a central repository for warranty information, a hardware and software dashboard, manuals and more. While the Vantage suite is probably a bit more comprehensive, Dell’s utilities are more straightforward.

Overall performance

Aside from the HP Elite Folio, all of the tablets listed in our roundup include an 11th-gen Intel “Tiger Lake” Core chip inside and perform similarly.

The Elite Folio uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G, an Arm chip that doesn’t quite allow you to run all of your preferred applications, even with emulation. (We’ll let the Elite Folio review explain further.) That limits which benchmarks we can run to test the performance of these tablets, and which laptops and thin-and-light PCs we can compare them to.

What we’ve done is use three representative benchmarks: PCMark 8 Creative, PCMark 10 Apps, and Cinebench R20. All three apps ran on all four tablets, giving us a comprehensive view of their performance. PCMark 8 Creative tests everything from general office work to light gaming and video/image editing. (PCMark 10 provides a more up-to-date, comprehensive test suite, but it won’t run on the Elite Folio.) PCMark Apps is a test of pure Office performance in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Edge browser. Cinebench is a synthesized CPU test, but it tells us how well a more generic CPU-intensive application will perform.

In the graphs below, we’ve highlighted the four key tablets, alongside some older tablets and a couple of laptops. For a deeper dive into other benchmarks, our Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable review and Surface Pro 8 review includes results of all four tablets, save for the specialized Elite Folio results.

Lenovo captures the top spot in our list of tablets and thin-and-light PCs in the older PCMark 8 Creative test.

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In the PCMark 10 Apps test, however, the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 tablet easily tops them all.

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Here, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 turns in an excellent performance in the Cinebench R20 benchmark.

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It’s true that the Arm processor forces some of our benchmark applications to run via emulation, which slows them down. But the performance gap is still profound.

Which Windows tablet should you buy? As you’ve seen, we crowned the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable and the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 with our Editors’ Choice award for different reasons. The Surface Pro 8 offers cheaper configuration options, a solid keyboard, a high-resolution screen, and the best webcam. It’s best for consumers. The business-focused Dell’s Latitude 7320 Detachable offers more viewable screen area, a great keyboard, Thunderbolt ports, and a decidedly useful suite of utility apps. Of the two, battery life favored Dell’s tablet.

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Your choice will likely be determined by the nuances. Yes, Microsoft’s tablet is far superior for lap work…but your tablet may be most often used on a desk. Do Dell’s robust system utilities matter? Perhaps you’ve already purchased one of our best 1080p webcams, and so Microsoft’s superior integrated webcam won’t influence your decision. Either way, we declare both the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable and the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 as the best Windows tablets of 2023.

Correction (10/15/2024): Through a miscommunication, Dell informed us that while the company provided us with a pen and a tablet for our review, the Dell Latitude 7320’s detachable keyboard costs an additional $199.99 and its Latitude 7320 Detachable Active Pen also sells separately, for $69.99. Since this is primarily a business-focused tablet, we have not adjusted our rating. Update (10/14/2024): We have updated this roundup to add the Microsoft Surface Pro 8.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Camera Shootout: Can It Best Apple And Samsung?

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Google’s image processing prowess has long earned the company a reputation as one of the best at mobile photography. That accolade has been tested in recent years, owing to stagnant hardware and high-flying competitors. But with the Google Pixel 6 Pro, we saw a return to form for Google and the smartphone camera industry in general.

To put the phone to the test, we pitted Google’s handset against the ultra-premium Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones — two of the best photography handsets of 2023. They also cost $200 or more than the Pixel 6 Pro, so a win here for Google’s handset would represent exceptional value for money as well.

While we’ll be talking you through our image analysis, be sure to check out the well over 200 full-quality image samples in this Google Drive folder for yourself.

Editor’s note: The Pixel 6 Pro is no longer the latest Google phone on the market. It has since been replaced by the

The Pixel 6 Pro is no longer the latest Google phone on the market. It has since been replaced by the Pixel 7 Pro , which launched in October 2023.

Pixel 6 Pro camera: What you need to know

The Pixel 6 series’ headlining camera feature is the significantly larger image sensor on offer compared to the Pixel 5. For four whole generations of the Pixel series, Google stuck with the 12MP Sony IMX363 primary sensor. With the Pixel 6 series, however, the company finally opted for much more modern hardware in the form of a 1/1.31-inch, 50MP sensor. In simple terms, this means that the Pixel 6’s primary camera is capable of capturing much more light and detail compared to its predecessors.

Related: Why camera sensor size is more important than more megapixels

The Pixel 6 Pro also features a 4x telephoto camera, something that wasn’t previously present on the Pixel 5. Finally, the selfie camera received some incremental upgrades as well, with the Pixel 6 Pro moving to an 11.1MP sensor versus the Pixel 5’s 8MP and gaining a slightly wider field of view. However, it’s worth noting that both of these upgrades are exclusive to the flagship Pixel 6 Pro. The base Pixel 6 doesn’t come with a telephoto camera and maintains the old 8MP selfie camera.

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As usual, we’ll start with the quintessential parts of any good photograph — color, exposure, and white balance. Let’s get right to our batch of samples from the main cameras.

As we’ve come to expect from Samsung, its camera loves a bit of punch and you can definitely spot vivid yellows, greens, and reds in our first very colorful snap. The effect isn’t as over the top as in previous years but it’s definitely the punchier of the three. Both Apple and Google add some strong blues to the first snap, and Google takes its exposure up a little notch, which you can see in the scene’s blacks. It’s actually hard to make out the Nintendo Switch controller logo in the iPhone’s picture. Generally speaking, Samsung is the punchiest, and Apple is the most color-conservative of the three.

Moving outdoors, things change quite dramatically when it comes to Apple’s handset. The iPhone’s hues are consistently on the cooler side, with more noticeable greys and bluer-looking skies present when taking pictures outdoors. It may be cold and drab in my homeland here in the UK, but this effect is over the top. Apple also aims for a high contrast effect, with notable deep shadows around the red phone box and exaggerated highlights on the ground leaves. Similarly, the water ripples and flower highlights are cranked up in our lake-scape, but this somewhat washes out the background image. The camera’s exposure isn’t always spot on, as you’ll no doubt see throughout the rest of this shootout.

Google and Samsung’s results are warmer. The Galaxy S21 Ultra tends towards the reds a little, while Google’s color pallet sometimes verges into the yellows, which you can definitely spot in the leaves and wood of both the outdoors snaps. They’re also both a little better with their exposure, avoiding overly dark shadows or clipped highlights in these outdoor scenes.

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As you probably expected, all three phones snap great-looking pictures indoors and outdoors. There’s certainly nothing glaringly wrong with the way any of these flagship phones present their pictures, but they do each produce a slightly different look.


With 50MP and 108MP high-resolution cameras, we might expect ultra-fine details from the Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy S21 Ultra, respectively. However, all three of these cameras output 12MP images, with these two utilizing pixel binning to combine light data from multiple adjacent pixels. This is just as well, as we doubt any of these sensors can actually resolve such a high resolution because they’re likely to be diffraction-limited. The iPhone’s image sensor utilizes a more traditional Bayer filter. Does that make a difference? Let’s take a look at some 100% crops.

Starting with a well-lit macro shot, there’s very little to tell between these three phones. The iPhone is the least detailed in the first sample, with notable smudging on the leaf. We make out far more fine details with the Pixel 6 Pro. Meanwhile, Samsung’s flagship provides the best overall focus and a decent level of detail, but fine lines aren’t quite as crisp as Google’s photo.

These different levels of detail capture and sharpening are much more noticeable in the second shot of a book. The iPhone’s text is barely legible and there are clear signs of noise cleanup on the image panels. The S21 Ultra shows signature signs of sharpening halos around the text, so it’s the Pixel 6 Pro that’s the cleanest here, albeit still a little heavy on the sharpening.

The Pixel 6 Pro and Galaxy S21 Ultra capture impressive levels of detail.

Turning to more complex scenes and we see a wider variety of detail capture issues across all three phones. The Pixel 6 Pro is rather smudged looking in the tree shot, with some noticeable blockiness that could be a result of insufficient light capture. Unfortunately, you can spot this effect in quite a few pictures captured by the Pixel 6, particularly in dimmer lighting conditions. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is slightly cleaner in terms of noise but with a slightly more noticeable sharpening pass on the grass and trees. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the softest and most natural looking in this outdoor shot, albeit with some clear signs of noise too.

The roles reverse in our complex indoor scene. Here, Apple’s latest iPhone is the most aggressive in terms of sharpening and processing, producing ugly highlights and smudged textures. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the softest here while the Pixel 6 Pro finds itself in between the two, managing to extract the slightly better minor details. Again though, we’re talking fine margins in these cropped examples.

Before leaving this section, I want to highlight a few problems I’ve noticed with the Pixel 6 camera that you definitely don’t see from either of these competitors. Quite a few of the pictures I’ve taken contain artifacts, ranging from random texture smudging to blue and red specular highlights (see some examples below). I believe these are due to the pixel-binned image sensor although they could also be a result of Google’s image cleanup algorithms. These are reasonably rare occurrences but crop up consistently enough that they’re clearly an ingrained problem with the camera.

Overall, the iPhone is regularly the weakest in terms of fine details, while the Pixel 6 Pro seems to struggle with complex textures and has some more glaring but specific issues. The S21 Ultra is the most consistent across all these environments — although either way you have to crop in to spot these differences, and all three will serve most photographers very well for detail.

High Dynamic Range

Google’s Pixel smartphones helped pioneer some of the best HDR technology in the business — it’s one of the reasons its previous handset remained competitive despite aging hardware. However, the competition has definitely caught up, so let’s see if the Pixel 6 Pro can recapture the crown.

In our first highly dynamic shot, we see by far the most foreground detail as well as more saturated colors captured with the Pixel 6 Pro. There’s a small amount of highlight clipping, but that’s to be expected when shooting into the sun, and this is present in all three results. By contrast, the foreground trees are completely black in the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s picture, although the phone does capture a little more of the sunrise’s orange hues. The Galaxy S21 Ultra sits just behind the Pixel 6 in terms of exposing the foreground.

It’s a similar state of affairs in this second shot. Again, the Pixel 6 Pro captures the most color and detail in the dark foreground while also balancing the brighter elements of the scene without much clipping, although the phone suffers from some smudging in the finer details which we don’t see from the other two. The strength of the HDR effect is also arguably a little over the top and the shadow areas should be darker.

Camera shootout: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone again is the darkest overall, however, it avoids clipping in the cloud and sky highlights. If the colors weren’t quite so washed out, it would be the most realistic of the three. The Galaxy S21 Ultra again falls in the middle, exposing more of the foreground and providing wide color saturation in exchange for the most clipping out of the three.

The last example is a much closer run competition between the Pixel and the iPhone. Google’s subjects are a little underexposed but the camera doesn’t clip the cloud highlights as strongly as Apple’s handset. Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra offers the best of both — a well-exposed foreground and minimal overblown highlights.

In summary, Google and Samsung offer the more powerful HDR capabilities, although Google’s, in particular, is not always the most realistic look for the scene. The iPhone has the weakest HDR implementation. It struggles with highlight clipping, blacked-out shadows, and washed-out colors far more than the other two handsets.

Low light photography

Following on from HDR, low light and nighttime photography is another area that Google’s software prowess helped popularize. Combined with a bigger sensor, we have high hopes for Google’s latest camera here.

However, it’s quite clear that without Night Sight mode enabled, the phone doesn’t capture as much light as its competitors. The first snap below is very dark and lacking in color. The iPhone 13 Pro Max does a better job with exposure, although its colors are still rather washed out and it’s quite noisy. Samsung’s camera is the noisiest of the bunch, possibly owing to an extreme ISO level, but does capture the best colors and exposure here.

Google still leans heavily on Night Mode for low light picture quality.

Turning the lights down lower showcases the same trend, although all three do very well given the lack of light. The Pixel 6 Pro is marginally darker without the aid of Night Mode, although it extracts a slightly better dynamic range than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. It and the iPhone are also a little too yellow compared to the S21 Ultra. Enabling Night Mode sees the Pixel 6 Pro lean more into the yellows, which is a bit of a consistent problem for its camera in the dark. You can manually adjust the temperature before shooting but shouldn’t have to when Apple and Samsung automatically grade the light correctly. Apple’s handset gets the colors spot on with Night Mode enabled.

Shooting those ultrawide angles

All three cameras boast ultrawide angle capabilities to fit more into your shot. Right off the bat, you can squeeze more into your scene with the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Galaxy S21 Ultra. Their 120-degree field of view bests the 114-degree field of view on offer from the Pixel 6 Pro. The latter also offers a fixed focus point, meaning it’s useless for macro photography and may look unfocused at long distances too. But let’s take a look at the snaps.

As expected, the Pixel 6 Pro is still wide enough to fit a lot more in. However, the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Galaxy S21 Ultra grant a bigger step back from the main camera. In terms of image quality, Google’s handset offers the best exposure, although the tree texture from its ultrawide camera is a little smudged on close inspection. Samsung’s camera also boasts a decent dynamic range but is too heavy on the denoise and sharpening pass. Apple’s main and ultrawide cameras look a little washed out here, but the details are solid.

See also: The complete guide to ultrawide camera phones

The choice of a wider field of view has its drawbacks, which can be seen in the image below. Detail quality falls off towards the edges of the image for both the iPhone and Galaxy flagships, and there are more obvious signs of lens correction attempting to disguise the warping effect of an ultrawide field of view.

There are no such signs on Google’s narrower camera and it offers the best details here despite its fixed focus point, although that definitely isn’t always the case. It’s also worth highlighting the crushed dynamic range from Apple’s ultrawide lens — it produces very dark shadows and clipped highlights. You’ll see this in other ultrawide snaps in our library.

Unfortunately, Google’s seemingly cheaper wide-angle camera has some glaring problems when it comes to chromatic aberration (purple fringes and halos). You may have already spotted signs in the images above. It’s particularly noticeable in HDR scenes with patches of bright light, such as the examples below.

The effect is plainly spotted between the tree leaves at both the top and left sides of the pictures above. Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra also suffers from a similar issue in the very corners of the lens, but it’s far less pronounced. Halos aside, the Pixel 6 Pro and S21 Ultra again clearly offer better dynamic range from their ultrawide lenses than the iPhone, which again struggles with dark shadows and overblown highlights.

Chromatic abberation severely lets down the Pixel 6 Pro’s ultrawide camera.

Just like the Pixel 5, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro’s ultrawide camera is a major letdown in quality compared to its main camera, let alone its competitors’ ultrawide implementations. The iPhone is also somewhat disappointing, as it offers decent details and a wide FOV but pictures regularly appear washed out. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is, once again, the most consistent shooter when it comes to its ultrawide lens.

All three phones offer great flexibility with ultrawide and zoom cameras. But when it comes to long-range zoom, Samsung’s dual-camera setup seems by far superior on paper. However, Google’s use of Super Res Zoom does surprisingly well at long range, as you can see in the results below.

Read more: Camera zoom explained — how optical, digital, and hybrid zoom work

Even on a dim, overcast day, all three zoom camera setups manage reasonable exposure, dynamic range, and detail capture, although it’s Samsung’s phone that hands in the more consistent color grading and exposure when moving between zoom levels. Apple’s wide-angle and main cameras underexposed the scene, even for this gloomy day.

In terms of detail, all three cameras are impressive from the wide-angle camera right out to 5x. At least in this first set of shots, the iPhone 13 Pro Max looks the cleanest at 3x, the Pixel 6 Pro is the winner at 5x, and Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra holds on to the finer details best at 10x, as we’d expect given the hardware on offer.

Super-Res Zoom sees the Pixel 6 Pro punch well above its weight at long range.

Switching to a move complex scene gives us a better idea of how detail holds up at intermittent and longer ranges. At around 3x, none of these three cameras is particularly clean in the scene below, with very noticeable over-sharpening from Samsung and a little from Google, too. Apple’s image is lacking detail because the 3x lens hasn’t kicked in, possibly due to the lighting — it can be finicky.

Surprisingly, all three look better at 5x, although Samsung’s image is again oversharp. The iPhone remains competitive here, as the telephoto lens has turned up to help out this time. However, it’s the 4x lens on the Google Pixel 6 Pro that produces the cleanest image by quite a margin.

At 10x, the iPhone 13 Pro Max falls off the pace quite noticeably. The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s 10x periscope camera provides a softer, more natural look than at its previous zoom levels. Google’s Pixel 6 Pro is also very good at such an extreme distance. There’s very little in it versus Samsung’s photo, despite the lack of optical hardware at this distance.

To showcase just how impressive Google’s long-range zoom capabilities are using just 4x optical hardware, here’s a 20x image comparison with the S21 Ultra. Samsung’s phone looks ever so slightly cleaner but the Pixel 6 Pro is clearly capable at extreme zoom distances too.

Although Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra excels at ultra-long range, the images produced between 3x and 10x aren’t of the same high quality. Likewise, Apple’s 3x telephoto sensor is competitive out to about 5x but not much beyond. Google’s Super Res Zoom and 4x lens combination offers the best of both worlds. While below 4x isn’t spotless, it’s at least as good as the competition, and the Pixel 6 Pro keeps the pace with Samsung’s more expensive flagship at long range too. Google’s onto a winner here.

Read more: These photography tips will take your photos to the next level

Outdoor selfies look great no matter which camera you’re shooting with. Skin tones and textures are mostly decent, although the iPhone can add a little too much pinkness to my skin sometimes and prefers a very bright exposure. Google adds some extra pop and sharpening to its selfies and portrait pictures, while Samsung’s results are the softest of the bunch. But overall, it’s down to personal preference which looks the best.

All three phones support front camera bokeh blur and edge detection is very good on all three phones. Stray hairs still trip up these cameras but it’s not as noticeable as in years gone by. Bokeh blur looks nice, although Google’s bokeh looks a bit more like a smudge than a blur in the above example, hence why Apple errs on the side of a brighter exposure — it brings out those highlights that form nice sparkling circles. Google’s camera also pumps up the color in portrait mode and it’s just a fraction too warm here. Likewise, Apple’s is a tad cooler, but that’s more a point of preference than a complaint.

In lower light, Apple’s selfie looks a little noisier, resulting in a degradation of skin texture and tone. The camera is clearly struggling for light, although the bokeh edge detection holds up well. Ditto for the Pixel 6 Pro, although Google’s camera collects much more light and retains a warmer skin tone. The Galaxy S21 Ultra fairs well too, although it looks perhaps a little more washed out than Google’s added portrait pop, and fine face textures are a little smudged.

With a person in our scene, we again see the iPhone 13 Pro Max opt for a brighter presentation, and it captures very realistic skin textures. Although the skin tone is again too warm/yellow there’s the odd error in edge detection both on the hair and the right shoulder. The Galaxy S21 Ultra handles edge detection, white balance, and exposure better but facial textures are too soft. It’s perfectly fine at a quick glance but isn’t a flawless picture on closer inspection.

Google occasionally adds too much pop to its portraits, but they’re still some of the best I’ve ever seen.

This leaves us with the Pixel 6 Pro as the overall best shot here. Hair edge detection isn’t 100% perfect, but the skin texturing is incredibly detailed. The phone also nails skin tone, white balance, and subject exposure, and it’s definitely the most realistic of the three. I’ve taken plenty more photos of friends and family with the Google Pixel 6 Pro that I couldn’t include in this shootout. But I will say it takes some of the best portrait shots out of all the camera phones I’ve used over the years. It can look simply incredible, although my one complaint would be that the phone can apply too much sharpening and contrast in some situations.

2024 shootout: Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra cameras tested

Google Pixel 7 And Pixel 7 Pro Hands

The new camera bar

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Most of the design elements of the Pixel 7 phones carry over from the Pixel 6 series. That’s not true of the camera bar, though, which looks very different on the 2023 models.

This year, the camera bar on all models is covered with aluminum rather than glass. This results in a wholly different look for the back of the phone.

Since the rails of the phones are also aluminum, this creates a consistent design ethos that goes all around the device. I think Google made the right move here, as the metal bar has a certain elegance the all-black-all-the-time camera bar lacked, and the rails matching the camera bar make the phone feel a bit less disjointed.

The camera bar also changes with each colorway. On Obsidian models, it is a dark silver — think polished nickel for the Pro and unpolished nickel for the regular model. Meanwhile, Snow models get a brighter silver reminiscent of chrome. Hazel and Lemongrass models get a bar that has the look of brass.

The selfie cutouts are also the same, but they house a much different camera.

At the top of each display is a centered selfie camera cutout. The cutout isn’t much different from the previous models: it’s in the same spot and pretty much the same size. However, that cutout on both the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro houses a new 10.8MP ultrawide sensor. This gives you a wider field of view at 92.8 degrees, which will be perfect for group selfies. The sensor itself is also newer and better than the previous model, so selfies should see a nice uptick this year.

Tensor G2: The same but different

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Tensor G2.

While the Tensor G2 may not be making any leaps in terms of raw power, it’s not unlike Google to instead rely on bespoke hardware and software to make real-world usage better. Although enthusiasts might be miffed they can’t have both. Fundamentally though, the Tensor G2 is different — just not different in the ways we usually look for when it comes to new chipsets.

Of course, we’ll need to put Tensor G2 through our usual rounds of testing, but it does appear that at least some of the pain points of the original Tensor could be made better with this new model. We’ll need to wait and see how this plays out.

Anything else?

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Face Unlock: For the first time on a Pixel since the Pixel 4, the Pixel 7 series supports Face Unlock. However, it is not a true biometric like we saw on the Pixel 4 phones. You can use this new version of Face Unlock to unlock the phone but not for approving things like contactless payments. You’ll need to stick with the fingerprint sensor or your PIN for that.

Same update commitment: With the Pixel 6 series, Google upped its commitment for software updates. It now offers five years of security updates and three Android upgrades. We hoped Google would increase this again this year to match Samsung, which offers four Android upgrades and five years of patches. That didn’t happen, though, so the Pixel 7 series gets the same three upgrades as last year.

No charging upgrades: The Pixel 7 series will charge both wired and wirelessly at the same rates as the Pixel 6 series. That means 30W wired for both phones, 21W wireless for the Pixel 7, and 23W wireless for the Pixel 7 Pro. In the overall industry, these speeds are nothing special.

Batteries: The Pixel 7 Pro has the same battery capacity as last year (5,000mAh). However, the Pixel 7 has a slightly smaller battery this year (4,355mAh), a loss of about 6% capacity.

Surface Studio Vs 2023 Imac



Our Verdict

The iMac is a tough all-in-one to beat and with Microsoft going in at even higher price doesn’t help. Whether it’s worth paying extra for the Surface Studio largely comes down to whether you’ll benefit from it’s flexible design, touchscreen, the Surface Pen and Dial.

In October Microsoft announced its first desktop PC in the form of the Surface Studio, an all-in-one PC aimed at creative professionals. Fast-forward to June and Apple has responded, finally updating its iMac line-up for 2023.

Surface Studio vs iMac: Price

The Surface Studio comes in only one size, so we’re mainly going to be comparing it to the larger iMac, but it’s worth noting that the smaller iMac at 21.5in is a significantly cheaper option. To be fair, all iMacs are significantly cheaper than the Surface Studio.

We’ve outlined pricing for the various options below. (Note that the iMac Pro won’t be available until later in the year. 

Microsoft’s all-in-one is not at all priced for the masses, whereas Apple’s iMac – at least in its basic incarnation – arguably is. It’s certainly more affordable for the average Joe, if still priced somewhat out of reach.

It’s almost difficult to believe we’re writing this, but Apple is the clear winner on value. Is it worth the extra cost for the Studio, though?

Surface Studio vs iMac: Design and build

These devices are quite similar in many senses and yet very different in others.

While the iMac sits on a very small and thin stand with all the components behind the display, the Surface Studio is essentially the reverse. It has the core components in the base while the screen is ultra thin because it sits on its own.

The benefit to the Surface Studio’s design is that it’s far more adjustable. The hinge on the back of the screen and the one on the base provides a lot more viewing angles compared to the iMac which just has one hinge behind the display.

Two points of movement will be a big bonus for some, especially if you want to use the display with Microsoft’s Surface Pen stylus or Dial (or both at the same time). The screen can come down into ‘Studio Mode’ like having a digital drawing board.

These are both large computers and weigh a fairly hefty 9.5kg each but you can move them around still. Both come with a wireless mouse and keyboard but the Surface Studio also comes with the Surface Pen stylus.

Surface Studio vs iMac: Specs and hardware Screen

Starting with the screen, Microsoft has gone even bigger than the already large iMac at 28in and the PixelSense display has an aspect ratio of 3:2 and a resolution of 4500×3000 resulting in a pixel density of 192ppi.

It’s also 10-point multi-touch enabled and supports the Surface Pen and Dial – the iMac is not touch sensitive. One interesting thing is that you can change the colour profie of the Surface Studio’s screen on-the-fly between Adobe sRGB, DCI-P3 and Vivid Color profiles.

For its 2023 iMac Apple has updated the entire range with new displays that it says are the best ever. They include 500 nits of brightness, 10-bit dithering and one billion colours.

As previously, though, the 27in iMac has a 5K Retina display with an IPS panel and a resolution of 5120×2880. That’s an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a pixel density of 217ppi. There are smaller iMacs at 21.5in that have either Full HD- or 4K resolutions.

Processor and memory

While the Surface Studio is running sixth-generation Intel Skylake Core i5 and Core i7 processors, the iMac has now been upgraded to seventh-generation Kaby Lake. These chips have higher base and turbo frequencies for improved performance.

As standard the iMac comes with a Core i5 chip, though you can customise the spec for a Core i7 at extra cost.

All the iMac models come with 8GB of RAM (2x4GB) but you can configure up to 16- or 32GB if you’re happy to pay extra. The 27in model will go up to 64GB and this time the modules are not soldered on so you can upgrade it yourself – it will void any warranty, though.

On the Microsoft side of the fence you’ll get either 8-, 16- or 32GB of RAM depending on which model you buy. 


It’s a similar story when it comes to storage, as you’ll get 1TB for the first two models and 2TB for the top-end with Microsoft and Apple. The 27in iMacs get Fusion Drives as standard, but all 2023 iMacs benefit from 50 percent faster SSDs.

Graphics cards

The 27in iMac 5K comes with a choice of AMD Radeon Pro 570, 575 or 580 graphics cards with up to 8GB of VRAM. Meanwhile the cheapest 21.5in iMac has Intel Iris Graphics 640, and the 4K 21.5in iMac gets a choice of AMD Radeon 555 or Radeon 560 with up to 4GB of VRAM.

Inside the Surface Studio is a Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M graphics card with 2GB of memory but the top-end model has a 4GB GTX 980M.

We’re looking forward to benchmarking the new iMacs to see just how much performance differs.

Other specs

Beyond core specs, there will be hardware elements which affect your choice between devices so here’s what Apple and Microsoft offer in the way of ports, wireless and cameras.

The iMac comes with a FaceTime HD webcam, stereo speakers, dual mics, a headphone jack, SDXC card slot, 4x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB-C (that support Thunderbolt 3) and an Ethernet port. It’s got 11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.

The Surface Studio has a 5Mp webcam which supports Windows Hello face sign-in, 2.1 stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, dual mics, a headphone jack, SDXC card slot, 4x USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. It also has Xbox Wireless for use with the console controllers.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Surface Studio comes with the Surface Pen and you’ll get a free Surface Dial if you pre-order. The device is a multi-functional tool which works on the Studio’s screen exclusively.

Of course, software is very different here with each firm providing its own operating system in macOS Sierra and Windows 10 Pro. We won’t go into a comparison of those here.

Fix: Surface Pro 4 Sleep Of Death

FIX: Surface Pro 4 Sleep of Death




A lot of Surface Pro 4 users are worried when their device won’t wake from sleep mode.

There are a few ways to force-start the device, so keep reading below.

If you’re having other problems with your Surface Pro, you’ll find expert solutions in the Troubleshooting Hub.

The Errors page also includes a wide collection of useful articles, similar to this one. 

Surface Pro 4 is part of Microsoft’s versatile Surface Pro family.

With all Microsoft’s huge efforts in making the device as stable as possible, the Surface Pro 4 has its share of issues, just like every other tablet or PC running on Windows 10.

And one of the most common problems is not waking up from sleep.

A big number of users constantly report this issue, while also mentioning that they are faced with a black screen of death or that their device simply won’t boot.

For this last problem, we’ve got a more in-depth article that you should check out.

For now, we’ll try to focus only on the so-called Sleep of Death issue on Surface Pro 4.

What can I do if Surface Pro 4 doesn’t wake up from sleep? 1. Install the necessary drivers

If you’re having issues with Sleep Mode and Surface Pro 4, the problem might be your drivers. To fix this problem, you need to make sure that all your drivers are updated.

Users are suggesting to install the latest drivers from Intel and check if that solves your issue.

Alternatively, to save some time looking for the right driver, what we suggest is to use a third-party application such as Outbyte Driver Updater.

This is the quickest and most efficient way to update drivers correctly.

Outbyte Driver Updater performs a quick scan of your system to find not all the outdated components. Then, it suggests several alternatives.

If you’re unsure about the right components, and less of a tech-savvy, Outbyte Driver Updater will do the job for you.

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2. Use the keyboard shortcut

A single keyboard shortcut seems to do the trick if your Surface Pro device won’t wake up from sleep.

Namely, press Windows Key + Ctrl + Shift + B.

There are several other shortcuts reported that can fix the problem, such as Ctrl + Alt + Delete, Ctrl + Shift + Esc, or Power button and Volume + button.

Some users mentioned that pressing the Volume up and Volume down keys three times quickly fixed the problem, so you might want to try that as well.

Besides, it seems that the device changes the project mode automatically once you put it to sleep, causing your screen to go black once you try to wake the device up.

To fix the problem, press Windows Key + P shortcut about three times, wait for a moment and your screen should appear.

3. Connect the power supply

If your Surface Pro 4 can’t wake up, you might be able to fix this problem by connecting the charger.

If the LED light won’t turn on, it means that the battery isn’t charging.

Expert tip:

4. Disconnect additional peripherals

Sometimes other devices can interfere with Surface Pro 4 and prevent it from waking up. To check if other devices are the problem, it’s important that you disconnect them and try waking up your device again.

Typing Cover, microSD cards, external monitors, adapters and other USB devices can cause problems with waking up, so be sure to disconnect them.

After doing that, try to start Surface Pro 4 again and check if the problem is still there.

5. Perform a force restart

If your Surface Pro 4 won’t wake up at all, the only way to wake up your device would be to perform a force restart. Namely, you just need to press the Power button and hold it for 30 seconds or more.

Some users suggest keeping the Power button pressed even if your screen starts responding.

This is just a workaround, but if your PC can’t wake up from sleep, be sure to try this solution.

6. Disable the hibernate mode

Enter the following line, and tap on Enter:

Restart your device.

Once you turn off the hibernation, put your Surface Pro 4 to sleep once again, and try to wake it up.

This solution actually helps because when the hibernation mode is disabled, your Surface Pro 4 can either go to sleep or shut down completely, without being caught in hibernation.

7. Set everything to Hibernate

Now set everything to Hibernate.

This solution was confirmed by one Reddit user, so we can say it helped at least someone. Hopefully, it will also help you, but if it doesn’t, try the other solutions from this article.

Although it looks strange that we listed two consecutive solutions that negate each other, it actually makes sense, because the cause of the problem is different on different Surface Pro 4 devices.

8. Change the network card settings

This solution also solved the problem for a few Surface Pro 4 users.

If it does, it means that maybe you’ve altered your wireless network card so as not to allow the Surface Pro 4 to fall asleep to save power.

9. Change the Sign in options

Open the Settings app.

Restart your Surface Pro 4.

Again, this proved helpful for a few users.

Anyway, if your Surface Pro 4 requires sign-in when it wakes up from sleep, errors might eventually show up. So, the solution is to turn off this option in Settings.

10. Use the Power button to put the device to sleep

Interestingly enough, users say that waking up problems occur while closing the cover lid when putting the device to sleep.

You should try just pressing the Power button, instead.

Of course, this is just a workaround to try when the device is fully functional.

That’s about it for our article about waking up issues on the Surface Pro 4. As we said, all these solutions were helpful for some users before, but as the issue is so wide-spread, we can’t guarantee that these solutions will work for you, but it’s worth giving a try.

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