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As part of the annual upgrade cycle, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9, Surface Laptop 5 and Surface Studio 2 Plus were introduced with new Intel processors for the first time at roughly the same price points as previous models.
Along with several new Surface computers, Microsoft also released information about a new audio base and Windows 11 updates. Accessibility was also an important part of the event with new software tools and features.
Microsoft, like Apple, offers a collection of hardware, software, and services that unite into a unified experience. The event emphasized how products work together to help people get work done and play.
Surface Pro 9
The Surface Pro 9 is part of a renewed Surface lineup that combines the Surface Pro and Surface Pro X into one. Customers can choose between an ARM processor with 5G or a 12th generation Intel processor.
The SQ3 ARM processor is the only option that supports 5G cellular network. There are multiple color options for the keyboard and tablet case, but the tablet colors are limited to Intel models.
It has a 13-inch PixelSense display that can be detached from the keyboard. The laminated screen brings writing with the Surface Slim Pen closer to the content.
The Surface Slim Pen has a precision device to provide a slight sense of friction when writing. The button on top of the stylus can be pressed to open One Note anywhere.
Surface Pro 9 has a resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It can be configured with 8 GB of RAM in a base and up to 32 GB of RAM for Intel models. The ARM SQ3 version has 8GB of RAM or 16GB of RAM options.
Storage options also depend on the chosen processor. Intel models start at 128GB and go up to 1TB, while ARM models start at 128GB and go up to 512GB.
Prices start at $999.99 for the Intel model and $1299.99 for the SQ3 model. Both ships on October 25.
Surface Laptop 5
Unlike the Surface Pro 9, the Surface Laptop 5 is Intel only. It comes with Thunderbolt 4 and lacks AMD options.
Customers can choose between a 13.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2256 pixels by 1504 pixels or a 15-inch screen with a resolution of 2496 pixels by 1664 pixels. It includes Dolby Vision IQ support.
The design hasn’t changed significantly from the Surface Laptop 4. A new green color option is available for the 13.5-inch model.
There are two processor options for the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 5, the Intel 12th Gen Core i5 or the Intel 12th Gen Core i7. The 15-inch model only has a Core i7.
Configurations start with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. It can be increased to 1 TB and 32 GB of RAM.
The 13.5-inch model starts at $999.99 and the 15-inch model starts at $1,299.99. Both begin shipping October 25th.
Surface Studio 2 Plus
The Surface Studio 2 Plus is a bump in specs over the current four-year-old model. It gains an Intel 11th Gen Core i7 processor and an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM.
Other than that, the Surface Studio 2 still has the same 28-inch PixelSense touchscreen with a resolution of 4500 pixels by 3000 pixels. It gained Dolby Vision support as well.
There are three Thunderbolt 4 ports on the back with support for connecting three 4K displays.
The Surface Studio 2 has only one configuration with 1 TB SSD and 32 GB of RAM. It’s $4,299 or $4,499 with a pen.
Audio base and adaptive accessories
Microsoft wrapped up the event with some extension announcements. There is a new audio rule intended to help deconstruct the user’s desk and the release date of adaptive accessories.
Audio Dock is a large, pill-shaped speaker system with large buttons on the top for easy control. It has a hub on the back that contains HDMI, USB-A, and two USB-C ports.
The connected computer gets pass-through charging and access to up to two monitors that can be connected via HDMI and USB-C. Transit charging provides 60W of power.
Along with this speaker hub, Microsoft has unveiled the Presenter Plus remote control. The remote acts as a simple console in Teams to use away from keys, such as in a meeting room environment.
Finally, Microsoft announced that its long-awaited collection of accessibility extensions will be available on October 25th. The system includes a programmable button, an adaptive mouse, and a Microsoft Adaptive Hub.