Right after a massive Windows 11 upgrade, Microsoft set October 12, 2022 as a big day with some big announcements. It’s this time of year that Microsoft launches new devices, and the expectation is that we’ll see new Surface hardware.
WinFuture (generally a trusted source for all things Windows) reports that the Surface Laptop 5 and Surface Pro 9 should be running with the latest 12th Gen Intel processors. Roland Amount, another familiar source, suggests that both the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 share some components. He suggests that the two new laptops will be powered by the 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 custom version of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, the Microsoft SQ3. Quant also claims that the Surface Laptop 5 will have the same processor options.
Both models are, according to (you guessed it) Quant, will be sold with storage capacities of 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
As for pricing, we should prepare to see the Surface Pro 9 around $1,1270 (£1,130 or 1,920 AU$) and the Surface Pro around $1,350 (£1,200 or 2040 AU$)
What are we waiting for
While we’re very excited about the new Surface products, we have some expectations and things we’d like to see when the Surface Pro 9 launches.
The Surface Pro 8 was nearly perfect, so we simply can’t wait to see how the Surface Pro 9 will improve on the qualities of all the older models, like the 4K video capabilities, long battery life, and vivid display.
However, there were a few issues that we hope will be resolved with this new release (like the Tipo Cover being included for the substantial laptop/tablet price). When we reviewed the Surface Pro 8, we expected its successor to ramp up its processors to the Intel Alder Lake series, which, if Quant is accurate, might not be the case.
The Surface Pro 9’s price is key to how well the device can be received. If it stays around 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 aren’t included yet (they should be, actually). Any jump 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 $179 keyboard (£159 or 270 AU$) to be a working laptop.
So you would be paying for an expensive tablet as well as a keyboard which is just a big question when you can just get any other notebook that will (more than likely) come with everything you need.
I hope Microsoft hears our calls for a keyboard and trackpad package, but we can only wait and see. If the Surface Pro 9 builds on its outstanding predecessor, it could outperform many of today’s tablets and laptops – and perhaps even its main rival, the iPad Pro.