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Microsoft Surface Pro 9 Review in 2023

The Microsoft Surface series has been on the market for over a decade since its first surface launch in 2012 with the Windows 8 operating system. Now, after a series of unique 2-in-1 laptops, tablet detachable notebooks, and hybrid devices, the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 was launched on October 12, 2022.

Let us look at the basic overview and performance of the product along with the differences between the two versions in this article.

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General Overview of the Microsoft Surface Pro 9:

Let’s have a general outlook on what makes the Surface Pro 9 2-in-1 laptop unique:

  • It runs on the latest Windows 11 OS.
  • It has a virtual edge-to-edge 13-inch touchscreen display, which is perfect for gaming.
  • It is highly portable due to its lightweight (1.94 lbs).
  • It has an NPU (Neural Processing Unit) powered camera.
  • It has a long-lasting battery of up to 19 hours.
  • It has great sound quality with Dolby Atmos.
  • Accessories like Surface Slim Pen 2, and keyboard are an added advantage.
  • It is available in different colors, unlike previous versions.

The older versions of the Surface Pro series had negative reviews in terms of battery backup, USB ports, pricing, performance issues, and separately sold auxiliary devices. The Pro 9 version might not have resolved all these issues, but it stands out in many ways.

The flexibility of the laptop is improved with the adjustable kick-stand providing custom viewing angles. The surface of the display provides a paper-like feel while using Slim Pen 2, the camera has AI sensors that detect, and automatically focus the speaker in portrait mode during work meetings, the high-end gaming experience with Xbox limited trail pass, and apps that improve your creativity. 

Let’s briefly look at the technical specs of the Surface Pro 9 2-in-1 laptop, what their differences are, and which one you should consider buying from the available versions.

Surface Pro 9 Versions:

The laptop is available in two versions: 

  1. Surface Pro 9 Intel 
  2. The Surface Pro 9 (5G) 
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 review
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Surface Pro 9 Intel Version:

  • This version is powered by the latest Intel 12 Gen Intel Core processor, which offers blazing performance.
  • The 13” PixelSense Flow display comes with Gorilla glass 5 protection and feels great while using the Slim Pen 2 on its surface.
  • It is protected by Firmware TPM 2.0, a Trusted Platform Module that authorizes users’ identities for safety, online threats, and ransomware attacks.
  • The software installed, such as Microsoft 365 Apps and an Xbox gaming app, comes with a 30-day trial pass.

Now, if you’re a tech nerd, this table information is just for you:

ProcessorIntel Core 12th Gen i5-1235U processor
Storage128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB options available
Battery CapacityLasts up to 15.5 hours 
Weight1.94 lbs
Graphics Intel Iris Xe 
Port Connections2 USB-C type Ports, 1 Surface Port, & 1 Surface Type Cover Port
CameraFront-1080 full HD camera, Rear-10MP up to 4k video recording
NetworkWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1
AudioDolby Atmos in 2W stereo speakers
AccessoriesSurface Slim Pen 2, Signature keyboard 
Software installedWindows 11 Home, Microsoft 365 apps, & Xbox app (trial version)
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, & Color Sensor
Color optionsForest, Sapphire, Graphite, & Platinum
Specification of Microsoft Surface Pro 9 Intel Version

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Surface Pro 9 (5G):

  • The Surface Pro 9 with 5G version runs on the latest Microsoft SQ 3 processor, which was built in partnership with Qualcomm.
  • The device is protected with Microsoft Pluton enhanced security that keeps hackers from extracting sensitive information.
  • The 5G network speed depends on certain aspects like locality, data plan, availability of 5G in your region etc.
  • This version offers long battery life of up to 19 hours, which is impressive when compared to the Intel Evo version.
  • It is equipped with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU), an AI-powered camera that offers automatic framing, and face detection that stays on the subject (speaker).
ProcessorMicrosoft SQ 3 processor, NPU
Storage128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, & 1 TB options available
Battery CapacityLasts up to 19 hours 
Weight1.94 lbs
Graphics Adreno 8CX Gen 3
Port Connections2 USB-C type Ports, 1 Surface Connect Port, & 1 nano SIM
CameraFront-1080 full HD camera, Rear-10MP up to 4k video recording
NetworkWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1 wireless, nano-SIM & e-SIM, & 5G connectivity
AudioDolby Atmos in 2W stereo speakers
AccessoriesSurface Slim Pen 2, Signature keyboard 
Software installedWindows 11 Home on ARM, Microsoft 365 apps, & Xbox app (trial version)
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, & Color Sensor
Color optionsPlatinum
Specification of Microsoft Surface Pro 9 5G Version

Differences between the Surface Pro 9 and the Pro 9 5G Version

The major differences are in the following areas:

CategorySurface Pro 95G
ProcessorIntel EVO 12th GenMicrosoft SQ 3 – Qualcomm ARM-based chip
Battery LifeUp to 15.5 hoursUp to 19 hours
SecurityFirmware TPM 2.0Microsoft Pluton
Color OptionsSapphire, Forest, Platinum, GraphitePlatinum
Differences between Surface Pro 9 and Pro 9 5g version

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Surface Pro 9 a laptop?

The Surface Pro is a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet that runs on the latest Windows 11 operating system, with an Intel 12th Gen processor, an ARM-based chip version, and mobile 5G support. 

Is the Surface Pro 9 better than the Surface Pro 8?

Yes, the Surface Pro 9 has an improved processor, better storage options, updated cameras, a better gaming experience, more color options, a 5 G-enabled version, and it has a better battery life than the Surface Pro 8.  The Touch and Display remain the same for both devices. But, other than that, the Surface Pro 8 has a better design and decent performance.

Can Surface Pro laptops replace desktop computers?

In both simple and professional terms, the answer is yes. The Surface laptops have improved performance with better chipsets and processors, battery life, and portability. They have been designed for work on the go.

What are the available accessories for the Surface Pro 9?

1. Surface Adaptive kit
2. Surface Arc mouse
3. Surface Slim Pen 2
4. Surface Signature keyboard

To Sum Up the Review!

The overall performance of the Surface Pro 9 precedes the Pro 8 version in some aspects and definitely comes out on the top among Surface laptops. The cost of accessories, and buying them separately has yet to receive a warm welcome among Microsoft users. 

Share your thoughts on the new Microsoft Pro 9 versions, and mention the features you like/didn’t like on the device.

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