Microsoft Announces Surface Pro 9 With Latest 12th Gen CPUs

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 is the latest 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 details, let’s discuss the more colorful options you have. In addition to the more traditional Platinum and Graphite colors, Microsoft now offers the Surface Pro 9 in Sapphire and Forest. This allows customers to purchase the rarer variants to add a personal touch. The production quality remains the same; chassis rigidity is provided throughout by aluminum.

Intel’s new 12th-generation 15W processors, which now include E-cores or efficiency cores, in addition to performance cores, will boost the Surface Pro 9’s performance. 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 Gen 15W processors, which were specified up to 4 cores and eight threads.

The other specifications remain unchanged. The Surface Pro 9 retains the 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 and 120 Hz dynamic refresh rate. The Windows 11 slate is 0.37 inches thick, 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, although the Surface Pro 9 hasn’t seen any physical changes from its predecessor, the Surface Pro 8.

The maximum configuration includes an Intel Core i7-1255U processor, 32 GB LPDDR5 RAM and a 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD. Beginning October 25, Surface Pro 9 will be officially available in select markets. With an integrated modem, it 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 doesn’t support Thunderbolt 4 or USB 4.

Via Microsoft

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