Microsoft is developing the Surface Pro 9 2-in-1 device, which is expected to be released within the year, and both Intel and ARM versions are available. Recently, Microsoft’s new 4G and 5G appeared in the US FCC list C3K1997, which is expected to be the Surface Pro 9 with a Snapdragon processor.
The FCC listing contains many references to devices tested in “tablet mode,” showing built-in 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5, and offering Wi-Fi 6. “The device contains the following features: 850/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/1900 WCDMA/HSPA, Multi-band LTE, Multi-band 5G NR, 802.11b/g/n/ax WLAN, 802.11a/n/ac/ ax UNII (5GHz), Bluetooth (1x, EDR, LE).”
The Surface Pro 9 will feature an ARM processor. The document includes references to Qualcomm’s Smart Transmit 3.0, a technology designed to expand 5G coverage and increase uplink speeds.
Zac Bowden from Windows Central, citing his sources inside Microsoft, revealed that Microsoft plans to combine the Surface Pro with Intel processors and the Surface Pro X with ARM processors into one device family.
In addition, Microsoft’s new Surface Pro X appeared on the Geekbench benchmarking platform, confirming that it is equipped with a Snapdragon 8cx Gen3 processor, equipped with 16GB of memory, and scored 1005 points in single-core and 5,574 in multi-core.
The Surface Pro 9 will use Microsoft’s SQ3 chip, which the software giant will develop in partnership with Qualcomm, and it will be customized based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. Microsoft’s SQ3 chip may have slightly different CPU and GPU clock frequencies, but otherwise, the SoC will have most of the similarities to Qualcomm’s chip.