This Wednesday (12), Microsoft announced the new generation of its 2-in-1 device, the Surface Pro 9. Presented as “the best of both worlds” for those who want a tablet and, at the same time, a notebook, the device arrives with specific improvements when compared to the Surface Pro 8, such as: two chipset options, 5G connectivity and new colors.
On the outside, the new Surface Pro 9 has a body made of anodized aluminum and comes in four colors: Platinum (platinum), Sapphire (Sapphire), Forest (forest) and graphite (graphite).
Inside, the device has a 13-inch PixelSense screen with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. There is also an HD camera to give you the best experience during video calls. According to Microsoft, the Omnisonic speakers and directional microphones are also better.
Surface Pro 9 can be customized with the chipset of the user’s preference. It is possible to choose between 12th generation Intel Core processors or Microsoft’s own SQ 3, built with Snapdragon technology that is compatible with 5G.
In both cases, according to the Redmond giant, it will be possible to get better performance and a battery that lasts a whole day. For the company, the choice will come down to the needs of each one — whether it’s just fun or work, for example.
12th Gen Intel Core processors focus on power and performance. Microsoft says it offers up to 50% more performance than the Surface Pro 8, as well as faster data transfer, connecting to more than one 4K monitor, and supporting an eGPU configuration.
Microsoft’s ARM chip, the SQ 3, offers 5G connectivity and a battery life of up to 19 hours. In addition, it offers new AI capabilities, the fruit of a new Neural Processing Unit (NPU). According to the company, it is capable of performing more than 15 trillion calculations per second.
price and availability
The cheapest Surface Pro 9 has a 12th Gen Intel Core i5 chip and costs US$ 1,000. It is equipped with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The most expensive one has a 12th generation Intel Core i7 chip, 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage and goes for US$ 2,600.
As for the model with ARM chip and 5G connectivity, prepare your pocket: the simplest device costs US$ 1,300 and has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Its most expensive version goes out by US$ 1,900 and has 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
It is worth mentioning that the Surface Pro Keyboard and the Slim Pen 2 are sold separately. Device-compatible keyboard costs from $140while the pen costs $130. So if you really want to get the most out of your Surface Pro 9, you’ll have to take into account the values of each of the paraphernalia.
All of them are now available for pre-order in the United States and will be available from October 25th. As usual, there is no information if Microsoft will make the new Surface Pro 9 officially available in Brazil — although we know that this is a remote possibility.