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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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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Microsoft Surface Pro 5, use our service manual.

  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:
    • 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



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

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  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.
    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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

      • Intel Core m3-7Y30 Processor

      • Samsung KUS020203M-B000 NAND flash memory

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

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

      • Nuvoton NPCT650SBBWX TPM IC

      • Winbond W25Q128FV 128M-bit Serial Flash Memory

      • Monolithic Power Systems MPS1708 and MPSG53

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

    JJ Wu - Reply

    What is the Winbond W25Q128FV for?

    Paulo Reichert - Reply

    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 - Reply

    Is the NFC active or unuseable through the case material?

    Adam S - Reply

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

    Jacob Pranger - Reply

    • 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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  3. Final Thoughts
    • 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.
    Repairability Score
    Repairability 1 out of 10
    (10 is easiest to repair)


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 - Reply

it should be Realtek RTS5343

JJ Wu -

Thanks for the New Hope Trench distraction :-)

furbies - Reply

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

tebukn - Reply

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

Shailesh Soliwal - Reply

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 - Reply

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 - Reply

I just cracked my screen.

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

김유찬 - Reply

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

jrdm92 - Reply

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 - Reply

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 - Reply

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 Lionheart -

Can I pull the data from the ssd drive ??

Tarek alhinde - Reply

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

Jeremy Goldy - Reply

Is the SP5 charging port the same as the SP4?

Si Chen - Reply

I buy SP4 last year 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 - Reply

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 - Reply

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