What you need to know
- You can now purchase the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 from several retailers.
- The Surface Pro 9 starts at $999 on the Intel side and $1,299 for ARM models.
- The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 5 has a starting price of $999, while the 15-inch model starts at $1,299.
Microsoft's latest Surface devices are now available for order. You can purchase a Surface Pro 9 or Surface Laptop 5 through Microsoft and several other retailers starting today. The Surface Pro 9 starts at $999 for Intel models and $1,299 for ARM variants. The Surface Laptop 5 comes in two size options. The 13.5-inch model starts at $999, and the 15-inch model starts at $1,299.
Microsoft merged the Surface Pro X lineup into the general Surface Pro family with the launch of the Surface Pro 9. What that means is that you can order a Surface Pro 9 with either an ARM CPU or an Intel processor.
If you go with an Intel chip, your Surface Pro 9 will have a 12th-gen U-series CPU. That range of processors has ten cores and delivers up to 50% better performance than Intel's 11th-gen chips. The Pro 9 supports dynamic refresh rate, which takes full advantage of the 2-in-1's 120Hz display.
ARM models of the Pro 9 have Microsoft's SQ3 SoC, which is a customized version of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. That chip has 5G connectivity built-in, making the ARM-powered Surface Pro 9 the only Pro 9 with 5G support.
The SQ3 chip also has a neural processing unit (NPU) built in. That NPU powers AI effects like native background blur, eye contact, automatic framing, enhanced voice clarity, and voice focus. Notably, the Intel-powered Surface Pro 9 does not have that NPU.
The Surface Laptop 5 runs on 12th-gen Intel U-series chips as well. The new CPUs should deliver a significant boost over the ones inside the Surface Laptop 4. The laptop has Thunderbolt 4, which is a first for a Surface Laptop, and is a Secured Core PC.
Since the Surface Laptop 5 is Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos certified, it should deliver a solid visual experience.
As has been the case for several generations, the Surface Laptop 5 is available in 13.5-inch and 15-inch models. Unlike previous generations, there is not an AMD version of the Surface Laptop 5.
The Surface Laptop 5 looks quite similar to its predecessor, though it is available in a new sage color.
Surface Pro 9 | From $999 at Microsoft (opens in new tab)
Microsoft's latest flagship 2-in-1 is available with either an Intel or ARM processor. No matter which chip you choose, you should see a performance boost when compared to the previous generation.
Surface Laptop 5 | From $999 at Microsoft (opens in new tab)
The Surface Laptop 5 looks similar to its predecessor on the outside, but it features a 12th-gen Intel U-series CPU on the inside. That chip delivers up to 50% better performance than the previous generation and should be much better at multitasking.
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