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Microsoft introduced Surface Pro 9 with Intel and ARM processors

As expected, as part of its annual fall presentation, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 9 and announced the unification of the Surface Pro X with the main Surface Pro line. Thus, Surface Pro 9 became the first device that can ship with processors from both Intel and Qualcomm (ARM).

Note that the appearance of the novelty has not changed compared to last year’s Surface Pro 8, but the company introduced two new colors at once – Sapphire (blue) and Forest (green) in addition to the classic Platinum and Graphite options.

Surface Pro 9 features the latest 12th Gen U-series Intel processors that deliver up to 50% faster performance than the 11th Gen chips used in Surface Pro 8. The display now supports up to 120Hz.

Models with Intel processors can offer up to 15.5 hours of battery life, which is 0.5 hours less than the Surface Pro 8. The dimensions of the device have not changed, but the Surface Pro 9 has become a little lighter – 879 grams (Surface Pro 8 weighed 891 grams ).

But these are not all changes. Microsoft also moved both USB-C Thunderbolt ports to the left side, the power button and volume rocker moved to the top edge, and the Surface Connect port remained in the same place. The Surface Pro X had a similar layout.

The ARM version is equipped with a Microsoft SQ3 processor, which is actually a slightly modified Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. It is also the first device in the Surface line to support 5G wireless networks. Microsoft says the ARM-based Surface Pro 9 will be able to deliver up to 19 hours of battery life in normal use.

But it was not without its downsides. Microsoft uses the same chassis for all Surface Pro 9 models, which means that the version with the Microsoft SQ3 processor will be thicker and have air vents at the top compared to the Surface Pro X. Also, the ARM-based Surface Pro 9 will only be available in Platinum.

The novelty will go on sale on October 25 at a price of $999 for the version based on Intel and $1299 for the ARM version.

Specifications

Surface Pro 9 Surface Pro 9 with 5G (ARM)
Operating system Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Home
CPU Intel Core i5-1235U, Core i7-1255U, 12th generation

Intel Evo

Microsoft SQ3
RAM 8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR5 8GB, 16GB, 32GB LPDDR4x
Graphic arts Intel Iris Xe Microsoft SQ3 Adreno 8CX (Gen 3)
storage 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB SSD 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB SSD
Display 13 inches, 3:2 aspect ratio, 2880×1920 resolution, 267 PPI, up to 120Hz, Dolby Vision 13 inches, 3:2 aspect ratio, 2880×1920 resolution, 267 PPI, frequency up to 120 Hz
Feather Surface Slim Pen 2 Surface Slim Pen 2
Ports 2x Thunderbolt 4, Surface Connect 2x Thunderbolt 4, Surface Connect, NanoSIM
Audio two 2W stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, two long-range studio microphones, Voice Clarity two 2W stereo speakers, Voice Clarity, Windows Studio Effects, two long-range studio microphones
Wireless connection WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1, NanoSIM, eSIM, 5G, mmWave, Sub-6
Camera Front IR camera 5 MP (1080p)

Main camera 10 MP (4K)

Front IR camera 5 MP (1080p, support for Windows Studio Effects)

Main camera 10 MP (4K)

Safety TPM 2.0, Windows Hello IR Camera, Windows 11 Secured-core PC Microsoft Pluton, Windows Hello IR Camera, Windows 11 Secured-core PC
Battery up to 15.5 hours until 19:00
Dimensions 287mm x 208.3mm x 9.4mm 287mm x 208.3mm x 9.4mm
colors 879 grams 883 grams

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