Immediately following a massive Windows 11 update, Microsoft has set October 12, 2022 as a big day with some big announcements. It’s around this time of year that Microsoft launches new devices, and we expect to see new Surface hardware.
WinFuture (often a reliable source for everything Windows-related) reports that the Surface Laptop 5 and Surface Pro 9 are set to be presented with the latest 12th Gen Intel processors. Roland Quant, another well-known source, suggests that both the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 share some components. He suggests that the two new laptops will come with the Intel Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U processors, rather than 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, the Microsoft SQ3. Quant also claims that the Surface Laptop 5 will have the same processor options.
According to (you guessed it) Quant, both models will be sold in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage capacities.
As for price, we should expect to see the Surface Pro 9 at around $1,1270 (£1,130 or AU$1,920) and the Surface Pro at around $1,350 (£1,200 or AU$2040).
What we expect
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 comes out.
The Surface Pro 8 was near perfect, so we can’t wait to see how the Surface Pro 9 improves on all the qualities of the older models, like the 4K video capabilities, long battery life, and vibrant display.
However, there were a few issues that we hope this new release fixes (like the Type Cover, which is included for the laptop/tablet’s considerable 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, might not be the case.
The price of the Surface Pro 9 is crucial to how well received the device is. Should it be roughly the same price as its predecessor (about $1,130, £999 or AU$1,699), it might get a better reception, even if the keyboard and Type Cover are still not included (they really should be) . Any jump in price could make future users reluctant to buy the Surface Pro 9, considering the 2-in-1 laptop would require a $179 (£159 or AU$270) keyboard to get one to be a working laptop.
So you’d also be paying for an expensive tablet and the keyboard, which is only a big ask if you could get it right now any other notebook that will (most likely) come with everything it needs.
Hopefully Microsoft hears our cries for a keyboard and trackpad bundle, but we can only wait and see. Should the Surface Pro 9 build on its extraordinary predecessor, it could outperform many of the current tablets and laptops – and maybe even its main competitor, the iPad Pro.
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