A quick look at the calendar and we can see that a Microsoft Surface Pro 9 should be arriving soon. Lo and behold, we have one Microsoft event on October 12thI wonder if these could be related.
Last years Surface Pro 8 Finally a definite departure from its predecessors with a refreshed design, including a larger 13-inch 120Hz display and a drastic reduction to comically large bezels for a modern one 2-in-1 laptop. It wasn’t all good news though, a price jump to $1,099 for the base model (from $749) caused sticker shock, and the roughly nine hours of battery life was okay, but not a threat to that Laptops with the best battery life.
Given last year’s changes, we’re not expecting any massive redesigns for the Surface Pro 9, but here’s a look at everything we know so far, including the rumored release date, specs, features, and more.
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 release date
While Microsoft hasn’t come out and labeled its October 12 event as the Surface event, the invite said it would be “talking about devices.” For those scoring at home, most Microsoft devices are Surface products. If our arithmetic is correct, it means this is a surface event.
The Surface Pro 8 was unveiled at a Microsoft event on September 22 last year, and the Surface Pro has generally maintained an annual cadence, so it’d be a shock if we didn’t get the Surface Pro 9 at that event.
Price Microsoft Surface Pro 9
We don’t have any rumors about the pricing, but it’s a safe bet that it won’t rise from the $1,099 starting price that Microsoft set last year. If anything, we’re hoping Microsoft manages to get it down to $999, as you’ll need to remember to factor in the $129 Type Cover if you actually want to use the Surface Pro as a 2-in-1 , which practically everyone does does.
Given the ongoing problems in the supply chain, a price drop for any device is probably wishful thinking, but hope is everlasting.
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 Theme
We haven’t seen any leaks regarding a new design for the Surface Pro 9, which is exactly what we’d expect after last year’s redesign. Given that any meaningful design change would break compatibility with the new Type Cover, most Surface Pro fans will likely ensure that this form factor sticks around for a few years, so upgrading the Surface Pro doesn’t mean getting a new Type Cover to buy.
Speaking of Type Cover, we’ll forever repeat that we wish it came with the Surface Pro. I haven’t met anyone using the Surface Pro as a standalone tablet, but with Microsoft increasing the price by $350 last year and still not bundling the Type Cover, it’s probably time to let that dream die.
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 specifications
Finally, a few more enticing rumors to bite our teeth into. according to a WinFuture According to reports, a leak revealed that the standard Surface Pro 9 models should come with 12th Gen Intel CPUs. No surprise; tipster Roland Quant stated that it will be the Intel Core i5-1235U and Intel Core i7-1255U CPUs to be precise. They’re direct descendants of the processors in the Surface Pro 8, so again no surprise, although some might have been hoping to see the more powerful P-series.
The more interesting option is the Surface Pro 9 5G mentioned in the leak. This model will feature a customized Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 that Microsoft will call Microsoft SQ3. This follows the pattern we’ve seen over the last two generations of the Microsoft Surface Pro X. If this model launches as the Surface Pro 9 5G, it will almost certainly spell the end of the Surface Pro X range, for which we won’t shed a tear.
Quant went on to say that the Pro 9 will come with 256GB of storage in the base model (up from 128GB last year) and 1TB.
The Surface Pro 9 faces significant competition in the detachable 2-in-1 market these days, and while last year’s Surface Pro 8 was undoubtedly one of the best in the category, the price hike is in addition to the separate purchase required of the Type Cover (and the Slim Pen 2 for those who are inclined) make it a tougher sell.
The Surface Pro has enough die-hard fans that the standard model should satiate, but the Surface Pro 9 5G is the standout rumor for this year in my opinion. 5G laptops are hardly new, but most were special business laptops. Conversely, the Surface Pro 9 is aimed at mainstream consumers. Plus, you’ve got the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 inside, which promises solid performance for productivity tasks and great battery life. Even with a cellular connection, the ThinkPad X13S Gen 1 with the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 delivered 13 hours and 40 minutes on a charge – and that’s up to 15 hours and 3 minutes on Wi-Fi.
We don’t have to wait much longer to find out all about the Surface Pro 9 as the October 12 virtual event is fast approaching, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground for any latest leaks and rumours. Be sure to follow our coverage on October 12th for the latest information that has been announced.