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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. 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)
    • 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

    RAM BUILT IN

    SSD BUILT IN

    That info should be included in description. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to state, Surface Pro (5) is NOT upgradable.

    Gregory F. - Contestar

  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.
    • 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.

  3. 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.
    • 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.

  4. 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:
    • 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.

  5. 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.
    • 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.

    Looks like a fan in your X-ray …

    Eric D - Contestar

  6. Now that the motherboard is out, let's have some chips:
    • 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

    SAMSUNG KUS020203M-B000 should be NVMe SSD in BGA package, not NAND Flash chip.

    JJ Wu - Contestar

    What is the Winbond W25Q128FV for?

    Paulo Reichert - Contestar

    Most likely for UEFI

    Artem Antonenko (creker) -

    Monolithic Power Systems MPS1708 and MPSG53, it's monolithic power system solution for back light and core power. but the part number is wrong. read top mark's second line for part number.

    dnt - Contestar

    Is the NFC active or unuseable through the case material?

    Adam S - Contestar

    The i5 256 GB model uses Toshiba chips and the model number is KBG30ZPZ256G

    Jacob Pranger - Contestar

    Is there any chance that the Marvell Avastar chip can be replaced on the board? Mine just failed on me. No problem soldering, just can’t find anywhere It’s even possible.

    Reece Dayton - Contestar

    I have microsoft surface pro 5 stick on starting on the windows logo.

    Microsoft team tries to do everything would not help.

    And they would not let me what is wrong with it ?

    Just they said i have to swap it and pay 800 dollars.

    Would be able to help and let me know how can i do replace the motherboard or the part is failed?

    Ahmad2016 - Contestar

    My Pro-5 face some UEFI issue and tried recover also cannot detect my onboard SSD. Send to repair shop, was told one of the memory chip on motherboard faulty and this chip also link to on board SSD. They also told me In most case when replace this memory chip (not sure is it the Winbond W25Q128FV 128M-bit Serial Flash Memory that I read earlier comment could be relate to UEFI) there high chance my on board SSD also need to be replace…. anyone know if this is true? Pro-5 seem like bad design…..

    Mike - Contestar

    Is there an option to replace only the Bluetooth chip?

    Nimrod Aviv - Contestar

  7. On the flip side, bonus chips:
    • 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

  8. IC Identification, pt. 2: Monolithic Power Systems MP86901-A and MP86902-B power phase
    • 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

  9. IC Identifications, pt. 3: Monolithic Power Systems MP2370DGT white LED driver
    • 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)

  10. IC Identifications, pt. 4: Texas Instruments SN74AVC2T245 dual-supply bus transceiver
    • 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

  11. 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.
    • 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.

  12. 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.
    • 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.

  13. Consideraciones Finales
    • 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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30 comentarios

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 - Contestar

it should be Realtek RTS5343

JJ Wu -

Thanks for the New Hope Trench distraction :-)

furbies - Contestar

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

tebukn - Contestar

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

Shailesh Soliwal - Contestar

Bump Looking for the same answer

Arkrus K -

Also looking for the same answer BUMP

Alexander Zidros -

Looking for the answer as well, anyone figured it out yet?

coachman -

Unfortunately the connector plugs are different and the cables go in different areas.

Ben -

Can someone confirm this? I have a SP4 screen that I’m not using, and from the pictures, the SP4 and SP5 screens look very much alike. I have the connections from the SP5 as well as the controller board… would prefer not to have to spend another $240 for an SP5 screen.

Quan Hoang -

Thanks so much for info. I’m planing to mod my 5200u notebook to go fanless. I wonder how Surface 5 made it 50C strest test, and fanless.

Satrio - Contestar

Trust me, that processor shouldn’t go fanless unless you have a huge heat sink in your case.

Calvin H -

Edit: i’m wrong it’s 79C max. hehe sorry

Satrio - Contestar

I just cracked my screen.

Does anyone know where to buy new screen for Surface pro 5?

김유찬 - Contestar

Where are the display connectors located? I want to open the whole thing without breaking any cables.

jrdm92 - Contestar

I read the adhesive used for the screen on the Surface Pro 5 is made of foam? Does anybody know what kind of adhesvie that is and where to buy? Peter

Peter Zindel - Contestar

Hi Peter! I’m not sure of exactly what adhesive Microsoft used, but it is some type of foam adhesive. I’ve found that Tesa tape makes a good substitute in most repairs, although it will be harder to cut than foam adhesive if you need to open the Surface again later.

Adam O'Camb -

Under the screen, next to the front-facing camera to the left, is a small clear plastic piece…cylindrical in shape. It almost looks like a lens that is not attached to either the screen or the internal boards. Does anyone know what this small piece is? It has come up missing in a screen replacement on my Surface and I need to replace it.

Charley Ballmer - Contestar

I think that’s a diffusing lens for the IR emitter. I don’t have any great ideas about how to find the part, you might try posting in our Answer forum. Best of luck!

Sam Goldheart -

Can I pull the data from the ssd drive ??

Tarek alhinde - Contestar

Is the SP5 WiFi antenna piece the same as the SP4?

Jeremy Goldy - Contestar

Is the SP5 charging port the same as the SP4?

Si Chen - Contestar

I buy SP4 last year 16.5.2018..im not use everyday..after 1 year i use surface pro 4 show for update..then after update around 1 week i use my surface pro shaking..can u tell me what can i do to fix this problem

mazlan saadon - Contestar

I just bought the tablet today and the best buy bag is crap it just tore and the tablet fell. So now the surface is chipped at the top right corner. Is that

Maureen Kimemia - Contestar

Thanks for the great teardown again guys!

Does anyone know if i could remove the TPM chip and the computer still work? also, where is it located?

Toby Murday - Contestar

how do u remove the kickstand and re-attach it? the plastic tab for mine has come out completely so that i can see the black U that i think usually is under the tablet but not 100% and dont want to damage it.

Ibrahim Dani - Contestar

Good day, i would like to find out if the Surface Pro 2017 Core i5 is SSD upgradable?

Sakhile SK - Contestar

My SSD is basically dead, for reasons unknown Microsoft decides to soldered the SSD, is there any walk-around or fix for this, short on cash, don't wanna purchase another SP.

akporedafe shedrach - Contestar

I am repairing a friend's surface pro 5 and need to find the bios/uefi battery… she doesn't remember the uefi password and is locked out. can you help?

desolator420 - Contestar

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