Microsoft is widely expected to launch its next-generation Surface devices at an event next month, and over the past week an increasing number of rumors have shed light on what form they might take. Topping the list is a new 2-in-1 device — the Surface Pro 9 — as well as the latest Surface Laptop 5.
WinFuture reports that both are expected to be available with 12th Gen Intel CPUs, up from the 11th Gen models seen in last year’s Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop 4. Specifically, it expects to see an Intel Core i5-1235U in the entry-level models and a Core i7-1255U at the top end, which should offer single-core performance gains of up to 22 percent and 12 percent, respectively. The storage is expected to come in at 1 TB, while up to 16 GB of RAM should be available.
In addition to the Intel chips, the Surface Pro 9 could also be offered with an Arm-based processor. WinFuture reports that it will be branded as the Microsoft SQ3 and will be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 platform. The good news is that the laptop should support 5G this time around, which is more than can be said for last year’s Arm-powered Surface Pro X. If Microsoft offers the Surface Pro 9 in both Intel and Arm flavors, that could mean we’ll see an updated design and the end of the Surface Pro X line.
On the Surface Laptop 5 side, WinFuture reports that there is no evidence yet of a version powered by an AMD processor. That in contrast to the Surface Laptop 4, which offered a choice between Intel and AMD. However, since Surface chief Panos Panay posed for a selfie with Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, a few days ago, it would be surprising to see a Surface Laptop 5 without an AMD option. AMD refreshed its lineup of laptop processors with the Ryzen 6000 series at CES 2022 and announced new processors for low-power laptops a few days ago.
Specifications aside, the Surface Pro 9 may be available in new color options, with green (aka “Forest”) and light blue (“Sapphire”) joining the standard black and silver variants. The screen size is expected to be 13.5 inches again, while the Laptop 5 is also expected to be available in a larger 15-inch version.
As for the price, WinFuture reports that the Surface Pro 9 should start at $1,300 (about $1,288 and about $100 more than last year’s Pro 8 starting price). Meanwhile, the Laptop 5 should start at $1,200 for its 13.5-inch model (about $1,189 and about $50 more than last year) and $1,500 for the 15-inch version (about $1,487 and the same as last year). .
According to leaker WalkingCatMicrosoft’s event is currently scheduled for October 11 at 12 noon ET, although this timing has yet to be officially confirmed by the company itself.