Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5: no AMD version in sight

With new products expected from Apple and Microsoft, October promises to be full of new gadget announcements. And who says a lot of announcements also says a lot of leaks. While the Windows publisher is due to present its new Surface machines on October 12, part of the technical data sheet for the devices has already emerged on the web.

No AMD this year?

According to the Italian Twitter account Aggiornamenti Lumia, the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 (13 and 15 inches) could be minor updates to computers already released by Microsoft. Both machines will use a priori 12th generation Intel processors (Alder Lake), integrated Intel Xe graphics, a modem with support for wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, and, unsurprisingly, the Windows 11 operating system. Both devices could arrive with i5 or I7 processors as well as 128, 256 or 512 GB of storage for the Surface Pro 9 and 256 or 512 GB of storage for the Surface Laptop 5. 8 or 16 GB of RAM would also be offered depending on the version.

The most attentive readers will no doubt have noticed a major absence in this technical sheet: AMD. While until now Microsoft used to market computers with Intel or AMD processors, no mention of the latter appears here. The Intel rival was already absent when the first leaks about the devices emerged in late September. If Microsoft really snubs AMD for this generation of machine, no doubt some fans will be disappointed. It would seem that the only infidelity that Microsoft is doing to Intel this year concerns its Surface Pro 9 5G which would ship an in-house chip, the Microsoft SQ3, based on the Snapdragon Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3.

Few design changes

A photo shared by the same Twitter account also shows the screen of the Surface Laptop 5, which looks quite similar to that of the Surface Laptop 4, to the nearest centimeter of borders. The display would choose a priori for a definition of 2496 x 1664 pixels (2256 x 1504 px for the 13-inch model), while the Surface Pro 9 would display 2880 x 1920 pixels. Finally, it is also possible that some versions (especially those dedicated to professionals) will arrive with 32 GB of RAM rather than the 8 or 16 GB mentioned above.

Previous rumors had it priced between €1,200 and €1,500 for the Surface Laptop and €1,300 for the Surface Pro 9. to wait until the October 12 conference.

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