Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 is the newest addition to the company’s hardware lineup and is now available with both Intel and custom chip variants, indicating that the Surface Pro X series has been merged into this family. Let’s see what new internal features the most recent models offer.
Before we get into the specifics, let’s discuss the more colorful options you’ll have. In addition to the more traditional Platinum and Graphite colors, Microsoft will now offer the Surface Pro 9 in Sapphire and Forest. This will enable customers to acquire the rarer variants to add a personalized touch. The manufacturing quality remains the same; the chassis’ rigidity is provided by aluminum throughout.
Intel’s new 12th-generation 15W processors, which now include E-cores, or efficiency cores, in addition to performance cores, will boost the performance of the Surface Pro 9. Both the Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U have a total of 10 cores (two P-cores and eight E-cores) and 12 threads. You now have access to more cores than Intel’s 11th-generation 15W processors, which were specified to 4 cores and eight threads.
The other specifications remain unchanged. The Surface Pro 9 retains the 13.3-inch screen with 2880 x 1920 resolution and 120Hz Dynamic Refresh Rate. The Windows 11 slate measures 0.37 inches in thickness, weighs 1.94 pounds and has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and one Surface Connect port. Microsoft is removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Surface Pro 9, even though the Surface Pro 9 has not undergone any physical changes from its predecessor, the Surface Pro 8.
The maximum configuration includes an Intel Core i7-1255U processor, 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. Beginning October 25 in select markets, Surface Pro 9 will be officially available. With an integrated modem, this is the only SQ3 chip variant that offers 5G connectivity. The custom chip is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, but unlike the Intel version, it does not support Thunderbolt 4 or USB 4.