On the heels of a massive Windows 11 update, Microsoft set October 12, 2022 as a big day with some big announcements. It’s around this time of year that Microsoft releases new devices, and the expectation is that we’ll see new Surface hardware.
winfuture (often a trusted source for all things Windows) reports that the Surface Laptop 5 and Surface Pro 9 will ship with the latest 12th Gen Intel processors. Roland how much, another familiar source, suggests that both Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 share some components. It suggests that the two new laptops will be powered by Intel Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U processors, and not the more powerful Alder Lake P-series.
Surface Pro 9 5G is expected to feature a customized version of Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Microsoft SQ3. Quant also claims that the Surface Laptop 5 will have the same processor options.
Both models, according to (you guessed it) Quant, will be sold with storage capacities of 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
Price-wise, we should expect to see the Surface Pro 9 at around $11,270 (£1,130 or AU$1,920) and the Surface Pro at around $1,350 (£1,200 or AU$2,040).
what we are waiting for
While we’re very excited about the new Surface products, we do have some expectations and things we’d like to see when the Surface Pro 9 comes out.
Surface Pro 8 It was close to perfect, so we just can’t wait to see how the Surface Pro 9 will improve on the qualities of all previous models, like 4K video capabilities, long battery life, and sharp display.
However, there were a few issues that we hope will be addressed with this new release (such as the included keyboard cover for the substantial laptop/tablet price). When we reviewed the Surface Pro 8, we expected its successor to bump up its processors to the Intel Alder Lake series, which, if Quant is accurate, might not be the case.
The price of the Surface Pro 9 is fundamental to the reception of the device. If it stays around the same price as its predecessor (around $1,130, £999 or AU$1,699), it may be better received even if the keyboard and keyboard cover aren’t included yet (they should be, really). Any increase in price could make future users reluctant to buy the Surface Pro 9 when you consider that the 2-in-1 laptop would require a $179 (£159 or AU$270) keyboard to be a working laptop. .
So you’d be paying for an expensive tablet and also the keyboard which is just a big question when you could get any other laptop which will (more than likely) come with everything you need.
Let’s hope Microsoft hears our cries for a keyboard and trackpad bundle, but we can only wait and see. If the Surface Pro 9 is based on its exceptional predecessor, it can outperform many of today’s tablets and laptops, and maybe even its main rival, the iPad Pro.