Microsoft held its Surface event last night showcasing the new line of Surface devices, including the new Surface tablet and laptop. Here we take a look at everything Microsoft announced at yesterday’s event.
Surface Pro 9
The Surface Pro 9 is a Microsoft-owned touch tablet that allows users to easily switch from laptop to tablet mode or vice versa. This year, Microsoft released two versions of the Surface Pro 9, one with 12th Gen Intel Core processors and the other based on Microsoft’s SQ3 processor, developed in collaboration with Qualcomm, bringing 5G connectivity to the device .
Another difference is that the Wi-Fi model comes with 8GB, 16GB and 32GB RAM, but the 5G variant comes in configurations with 8GB or 32GB RAM. The Qualcomm version of the Surface Pro 9 comes with a 512GB SSD, while the Wi-Fi version comes with a 1TB SSD.
In terms of battery backup, Microsoft claims the Intel version will last up to 15.5 hours, but the Qualcomm version will last up to 19 hours. The Intel-powered Surface Pro 9 has two USB-C ports with support for Thunderbolt 4. However, the other Qualcomm variant does not support Thunderbolt 4 connectivity and has a SIM port instead.
While the Intel-based version aims to deliver performance, the Qualcomm-based version is useful for those who want to use a laptop on the go. The 2022 edition comes with a 13-inch 120Hz display and offers a resolution of 2,880 x 1,920.
Surface laptop 5
Powered by the 12th Gen Intel Core processor series, the Surface Laptop 5 offers all-day battery life, according to Microsoft. The smaller version comes in 13.5 or 15 inch options, the smaller version comes in i5 or i7 variants, but the 15 inch version is tied to i7. In addition, both models are available with 8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of storage.
The Surface Laptop 5 offers a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4 support, a USB-A port and a 3.5mm audio jack. The 13.5-inch version lasts up to 18 hours thanks to the smaller display, while the 15-inch version lasts up to 17 hours.
Surface Studio 2+
Designed for those who need raw computing power and professional artists, the Surface Studio 2+ is an all-in-one PC that can easily handle heavy workloads. It has a 28-inch touchscreen that offers a resolution of 4,500 x 3,000. Powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and supported by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 laptop version, the AIO comes with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. The Surface Studio 2+ has three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt support, two USB-A ports, a 3.5mm audio jack and a Gigabit Ethernet port.
Aside from the Surface devices, Microsoft has also made a number of other announcements. Building on the success of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Microsoft has introduced adaptive accessories like a customizable mouse, an Adaptive Hub that connects either wirelessly or via USB-C and a joystick button, and more. Pricing is not yet known, but the Adaptive Accessory will launch on October 25th. Microsoft also announced a new app called Designer. It is a graphic designer tool powered by AI. The company says you can just give the AI an idea and make something useful out of it.