25 January 2022
Microsoft has launched three new Surface devices: Surface Laptop 5, Surface Pro 9, and Surface Studio 2 Plus. These come with noticeable improvements over their respective predecessors. The team has also introduced a bunch of new color options for buyers to choose from.
The Surface Laptop 5 comes with the usual internal upgrades you expect in 2022. It is available in 13.5-inch and 15-inch display size options with touchscreen input support. The panel has a 3:2 aspect ratio and features Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smaller variant offers a choice between 12th Gen Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The bigger variant is available in a single 12th Gen Intel Core i7 chipset option.
There are 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB LPDDR5x RAM options along with up to 1TB storage. The smaller variant is claimed to offer a battery life of up to 18 hours and the bigger variant of 17 hours. The connectivity options include a USB Type-C port, a USB Type-A port, a Surface Connect port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The 13-inch and 15-inch Surface Laptop 5 starts at $999.99 and $1,299.99 respectively. These also have a professional version which costs $100 more. It will be sold in Metal Black, Platinum Alcantara, Platinum Metal, and Black Metal color choices.
The biggest change in the Surface Pro 9 is that it is available in both Intel and ARM chip variants. The Intel version is available in 12th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 options. As for the ARM version, it is powered by the Snapdragon SQ3 with Neural Processing Unit (NPU) and 5G connectivity. The latter is compatible with both mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G networks.
It sports a 13-inch PixelSense Flow Display with a 2880 x 1920 pixels resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and a 3:2 aspect ratio. The display is compatible with Surface Slim Pen 2. You can choose from 8GB/16GB/32GB RAM options with the Intel variant and 8GB/16GB RAM options with the ARM variant. The storage options are available up to 1TB and up to 512GB respectively.
The Surface Pro 9 5G variant starts at $1,299.99 featuring 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. If you are interested in the Intel Core i5 or Core i7 model, you will need to pay $999.99 and $1,599.99 respectively for the base model. There is a Type Cover keyboard accessory which will cost $279 extra.
After four years, Microsoft has finally debuted the Surface Studio 2 Plus as a successor to the original Surface Studio 2. It features a 28-inch PixelSense Display with 4,500 x 3,500 pixels resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio. The panel supports sRGB and DCI-P3 wide color gamuts, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos.
It is powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU (mobile version) with 6GB VRAM. It is available with 32GB LPDDR4 RAM and 1TB storage. There are three USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB Type-A 3.1 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Its accessories ecosystem includes Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard, Surface Mouse, and Power cord. The all-new Surface Studio 2 Plus will cost $4,499 for the sole 32GB/1TB configuration.