Immediately following the massive Windows 11 upgrade, Microsoft designated October 12, 2022 as the big day with some big announcements. It is around this time of year that Microsoft releases new devices and we are expected to see new Surface hardware.
WinFuture (often a reliable source for everything related to Windows) reports that Surface Laptop 5 and Surface Pro 9 will be presented with the latest 12th generation Intel processors. Roland Quant, another well-known source suggests that both Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 share several components in common. He suggests that the two new laptops will be equipped with Intel Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U processors, not the more powerful Alder Lake P series.
The Surface Pro 9 5G is expected to feature a customized version of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Microsoft SQ3. Quant also says Surface Laptop 5 will have the same processor options.
Both models, according to (you guessed it) Quant, will be sold with 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities.
In terms of price, we should get ready to see the Surface Pro 9 for around $ 11,270 (£ 1,130 or AU $ 1,920) and the Surface Pro for around $ 1,350 (£ 1,200 or AU $ 2,040)
What do we expect
While we’re very excited about the new Surface products, we do have a few expectations and things we’d love to see when the Surface Pro 9 arrives.
Surface Pro 8 It was almost perfect so we just can’t wait to see how the Surface Pro 9 will improve all the features of the older models, such as 4K video capabilities, long battery life, and a vivid display.
However, there were a few issues that we hope will be resolved with this new release (eg Included Type Cover for a significant laptop / tablet price). When we reviewed the Surface Pro 8, we were hoping that its successor would upgrade its processors to the Intel Alder Lake series, which, if Quant is accurate, may not be true.
The price of the Surface Pro 9 is critical to how well the device can be picked up. If it stays at the same price as its predecessor (around $ 1,130, £ 999 or AU $ 1,699), it might be better received, even if the keyboard and Type Cover are still not included (they should be, really). Any price increase could make future users reluctant to buy the Surface Pro 9 if you think a 2-in-1 laptop would require a $ 179 keyboard (£ 159 or AU $ 270) to be a working laptop.
So you pay for an expensive tablet and keyboard which is just a big question when you can just get it any other laptop which (more than likely) will have everything it needs.
We hope Microsoft hears our cries for the keyboard and trackpad pack, but we can only wait and see. If the Surface Pro 9 builds on its unique predecessor, it could outperform many current tablets and laptops – and perhaps even its main rival, the iPad Pro.