Microsoft Surface Pro 9 5G Tablet Laptop Hybrid
Besides the Surface Pro 9 version with 5G mobile broadband connectivity and the Microsoft SQ 3 processor based on ARM technology, Microsoft also offers the Wi-Fi only Surface Pro 9 with the Intel Core processors.
Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 5G
Here are the specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 5G with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.
|2-in-1 convertible laptop PC
2-in-1 means the laptop can convert itself into a tablet PC.
2-in-1 PC with detachable keyboard
It can transform itself into a tablet PC by detaching the keyboard deck.
The device can be used as a tablet, without a keyboard connected to it.
Ultraportable (small laptop)
The light weight and small dimensions make this ultraportable laptop easy to carry around or travel with.
It belongs to the laptop maker's premium-class lineup.
This notebook provides a basic computing power. It can be used for the daily home and office tasks, but operation won't be as smooth as on the mid-range or high-performance laptops. On the positive side, entry-level laptops tend to be very power efficient. Read more about performance of the laptop in the CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage sections below.
This is a small display size, typical for ultraportable laptops. There are however laptops with even smaller screens, with diagonals of 12.5" or less.
|Finger multi-touch input
The screen supports finger touch input, including multi-touch gestures.
Active digitizer pen input
The screen supports active digitizer pen input, besides the common finger multi-touch input. In comparison to simple capacitive pens you can use on any touchscreen, active digitizer pen input provides advanced features like pressure sensitivity. Check with the laptop seller whether the active pen is included in the package.
|2880 x 1920 pixels
This screen resolution provides a decent picture sharpness and a lot of space on the display for the user interface and apps. It's better than the popular Full HD but not as good as the premium-class 4K and similar.
|Other Display Specs
Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.
3:2 aspect ratio
The 3:2 aspect ratio makes the screen taller than the common 16:9 ratio. 3:2 is more suitable for document editing and productivity than the video-centric 16:9.
High refresh rate of 120Hz
The 120Hz display refresh rate is higher than the common 60Hz. It enables smoother movement of objects on the screen. It's important for gaming and watching fast-paced action and sports. The 120Hz rate also makes webpage scrolling much smoother than on the basic 60Hz displays.
|About Laptop Display
|Learn about laptop PC displays here.
|Microsoft SQ 3
The Microsoft SQ 3 laptop processor is made with power efficiency in mind. It provides basic computing performance.
|The laptop's processor (CPU) is the main chip of the system and a very important computing performance factor.
The multiple CPUs listed above mean you have multiple CPU options at the time of the laptop purchase.
|Microsoft SQ 3 Adreno 8CX Gen 3
This integrated graphics processor provides only basic game and 3D rendering capabilities. It enables you to play only light PC games.
|About Graphics Processors
|Graphics processor (GPU) is the main factor for 3D gaming performance. It also affects performance of other graphics intensive tasks like some image and video editing operations.
|System Memory (RAM) Size
The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2023. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.
16GB and greater RAM sizes are recommended for heavy multitasking, gaming, and specialized programs that require a lot of RAM.
|System memory (RAM) size determines multi-tasking capability of a laptop - how many tasks and programs you can run at the same time. Some programs and games may require large RAM to run properly.
The multiple options above mean there are multiple laptop configurations with different RAM choices.
Learn about RAM of laptop PCs here.
128GB is a relatively small storage space. However, it is usable if you don't store a lot of large files like movies and don't install a lot of programs.
256GB is a decent capacity. If you tend to download and store a lot of large files like movies and install many programs, 512GB or more is a better choice.
512GB storage capacity is recommended if you store a lot of large files and install many programs.
|About Data Storage
|Storage capacity determines how much data you can store on your laptop.
The SSD type of storage provides noticeably smoother user experience than the old HDD type.
The multiple storage options above mean there are multiple laptop configurations with different storage choices.
Learn about laptop PC data storage here.
|Keyboard & Input
|Attachable keyboard with touchpad (optional)
Active digitizer pen (optional)
|Speakers & Audio
As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
|5MP front + 10MP rear
Besides the usual frontal camera, this device features a rear cam as well. The cameras feature 5 and 10 Megapixel sensors, respectively.
The dedicated infra-red face recognition cameras in laptops are used for Windows Hello log-ins, without password typing.
|Wireless & Networking
|Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX wireless
The 802.11AX is the latest Wi-Fi wireless networking standard. It’s also known as Wi-Fi 6. When connected to 802.11AX-compatible routers, the 802.11AX modules in laptops bring improvements over the older standards in terms of data transfer speeds and multi-device connectivity.
5G mobile broadband
The laptop has a built-in module for 5G mobile broadband connectivity.
This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to wirelessly connect the computer to Bluetooth peripherals like Bluetooth mice and keyboards, as well as to smartphones, and other compatible devices.
|2 x USB-C
A pair of compact Type-C USB ports.
|Video Output Ports
|Video out via USB-C
The laptop can deliver digital video output via USB-C.
|Media Card Reader
The laptop has no SD card slots. For reading from and writing to SD and microSD memory cards, you'll have to use a separately sold memory card reader via a USB cable.
|Surface Connect port
A proprietary Microsoft Surface port for charging, docking, and compatible accessories.
|47 WHr capacity
|The battery capacity is excellent for powering mid-range notebooks like this.
The battery life varies depending on usage, settings, and other factors.
|Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition.
A typical laptop warranty.
|Year of Release
|Country / Region
The listed specs are general / worldwide specs of the model. Some of its specs may vary depending on the particular configuration and region.
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