Surface Pro X vs Surface Pro 9: Should you wait or upgrade?

In the world of high-performance tablets, two models stand out: the Surface Pro X and the Surface Pro 9. Microsoft released these devices. They have set new standards in portable computing.

Discover the ultimate showdown: Surface Pro X vs. Surface Pro 9! Find out if it’s worth the wait or time to upgrade. This captivating blog post will keep you hooked till the very end.

Deciding between the Surface Pro 9 and Pro X can be tricky. We’re here to simplify your decision-making process.

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Surface Pro X vs Surface Pro 9: Should you wait or upgrade? 7
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Microsoft Surface Pro X

Microsoft Surface Pro 9

This little champ is the thinnest and lightest Surface Pro ever, perfect for backpack warriors and jetsetters. Its battery lasts all day, and you can even add super-fast internet for zipping through homework or streaming movies on the go. Think of it as a tiny tablet that transforms into a powerful laptop, but feels like it might float away! If you crave ultra-light power, the Surface Pro X might be your perfect match.


Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Thinner than Surface Pro 9
  • Optional LTE available
  • Models are now discounted

Cons

  • Performance is mediocre
  • Cheaper than Pro 9
  • Only 60Hz display

The Surface Pro 9 is a super cool tablet-laptop combo that’s like a mix of the best parts of the Pro 8 and Pro X. It comes in two speeds (Wi-Fi or rocket-fast 5G!) and lets you choose a brainy chip inside. Plus, it has new colors to match your style!


Pros

  • Dedicated Wi-Fi and 5G models
  • Faster processors, Intel Evo certification
  • More battery in the ARM version
  • New Sapphire and Forest colors
  • Same beautiful design

Cons

  • Thicker than Surface Pro X
  • Heavier than Surface Pro X

Specs

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Surface Pro 9

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Surface Pro X


BechMark Score Of Microsoft Surface Pro 9

Credit: GeekBench

Microsoft Corporation Surface Pro 9

2002 Single-Core Score———————-7476 Multi-Core Score

Geekbench 6.0.1 for Windows AVX2————————Valid

Result Information

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System Information

System Information
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 11 Pro (64-bit)
ModelMicrosoft Corporation Surface Pro 9
MotherboardMicrosoft Corporation Surface Pro 9
Power PlanAusbalanciert
CPU Information
NameIntel Core i7-1265U
Topology1 Processor, 10 Cores, 12 Threads
IdentifierGenuineIntel Family 6 Model 154 Stepping 4
Base Frequency2.70 GHz
Cluster 12 Cores
Cluster 28 Cores
Maximum Frequency2693 MHz
PackageSocket 1744 FCBGA
CodenameAlder Lake
L1 Instruction Cache32.0 KB x 6
L1 Data Cache48.0 KB x 6
L2 Cache1.25 MB x 1
L3 Cache12.0 MB x 1
Memory Information
Size15.83 GB
Transfer Rate2394 MT/s
TypeDDR5 SDRAM
Channels4

Single-Core Performance

Single-Core Score2002
File Compression1915
275.0 MB/sec
Navigation1742
10.5 routes/sec
HTML5 Browser2054
42.1 pages/sec
PDF Renderer2105
48.6 Mpixels/sec
Photo Library2166
29.4 images/sec
Clang2106
10.4 Klines/sec
Text Processing2129
170.5 pages/sec
Asset Compression2205
68.3 MB/sec
Object Detection2067
61.9 images/sec
Background Blur2037
8.43 images/sec
Horizon Detection2022
62.9 Mpixels/sec
Object Remover1427
109.7 Mpixels/sec
HDR2017
59.2 Mpixels/sec
Photo Filter2022
20.1 images/sec
Ray Tracer2028
1.96 Mpixels/sec
Structure from Motion1942
61.5 Kpixels/sec

Multi-Core Performance

Multi-Core Score7476
File Compression4859
697.8 MB/sec
Navigation9019
54.3 routes/sec
HTML5 Browser9099
186.3 pages/sec
PDF Renderer8505
196.1 Mpixels/sec
Photo Library8722
118.4 images/sec
Clang10444
51.4 Klines/sec
Text Processing2658
212.9 pages/sec
Asset Compression11147
345.4 MB/sec
Object Detection5053
151.2 images/sec
Background Blur5731
23.7 images/sec
Horizon Detection11059
344.1 Mpixels/sec
Object Remover6923
532.2 Mpixels/sec
HDR8109
238.0 Mpixels/sec
Photo Filter7252
72.0 images/sec
Ray Tracer11568
11.2 Mpixels/sec
Structure from Motion8453
267.6 Kpixels/sec

BechMark Score Of Microsoft Surface Pro X

Credit: GeekBench

Microsoft Corporation Surface Pro X

Geekbench 5 Score

689——————–Single-Core Score

2812——————–Multi-Core Score

Geekbench 5.5.1 Tryout for Windows AArch64

Result Information

Upload DateDecember 8th, 2023, 9:43 pm
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System Information

System Information
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 11 Home (64-bit)
ModelMicrosoft Corporation Surface Pro X
MotherboardMicrosoft Corporation Surface Pro X
Power PlanAusbalanciert
CPU Information
NameMicrosoft SQ1
Topology1 Processor, 8 Cores
Base Frequency3.00 GHz
Cluster 14 Cores
Cluster 24 Cores
Memory Information
Memory8.00 GB

Single-Core Performance

Single-Core Score689
Crypto Score920
Integer Score648
Floating Point Score738
AES-XTS920
1.57 GB/sec
Text Compression740
3.74 MB/sec
Image Compression714
33.8 Mpixels/sec
Navigation474
1.34 MTE/sec
HTML5538
631.7 KElements/sec
SQLite651
204.0 Krows/sec
PDF Rendering736
39.9 Mpixels/sec
Text Rendering766
244.1 KB/sec
Clang669
5.21 Klines/sec
Camera611
7.08 images/sec
N-Body Physics677
847.4 Kpairs/sec
Rigid Body Physics815
5047.5 FPS
Gaussian Blur631
34.7 Mpixels/sec
Face Detection740
5.70 images/sec
Horizon Detection698
17.2 Mpixels/sec
Image Inpainting1175
57.6 Mpixels/sec
HDR808
11.0 Mpixels/sec
Ray Tracing1101
884.4 Kpixels/sec
Structure from Motion574
5.14 Kpixels/sec
Speech Recognition632
20.2 Words/sec
Machine Learning519
20.1 images/sec

Multi-Core Performance

Multi-Core Score2812
Crypto Score4765
Integer Score2634
Floating Point Score2872
AES-XTS4765
8.12 GB/sec
Text Compression2859
14.5 MB/sec
Image Compression3031
143.4 Mpixels/sec
Navigation2092
5.90 MTE/sec
HTML52309
2.71 MElements/sec
SQLite2787
873.2 Krows/sec
PDF Rendering2943
159.7 Mpixels/sec
Text Rendering3107
989.9 KB/sec
Clang2578
20.1 Klines/sec
Camera2223
25.8 images/sec
N-Body Physics2497
3.12 Mpairs/sec
Rigid Body Physics3395
21032.3 FPS
Gaussian Blur3022
166.1 Mpixels/sec
Face Detection3034
23.4 images/sec
Horizon Detection2882
71.0 Mpixels/sec
Image Inpainting3644
178.7 Mpixels/sec
HDR3581
48.8 Mpixels/sec
Ray Tracing5527
4.44 Mpixels/sec
Structure from Motion2404
21.5 Kpixels/sec
Speech Recognition1615
51.6 Words/sec
Machine Learning1747
67.5 images/sec

Design and Build

Similarities:

  • Premium Materials: Both devices use a magnesium alloy chassis that feels sturdy and lightweight.

  • Build Quality: They’re well-built, with minimal flex or creaking even under pressure.

  • Kickstand: The iconic Surface kickstand remains a standout feature. It offers smooth and stable change for any angle.

  • Surface Pen Compatibility: Both support the Surface Pen for note-taking, drawing, and creative work.

Differences:

  • Thickness: As mentioned before, the Surface Pro X is thinner (7.3mm) than the Surface Pro 9 (9.4mm). This might be a minor difference for most users. But, it could be noticeable for those who focus on extreme portability.

  • Colors: The Surface Pro X has a wider range of color options, including Platinum, Graphite, and Matte Black. Surface Pro 9 currently comes in Platinum, Sapphire, and Forest.

  • Ports: The Surface Pro X has fewer ports than the Surface Pro 9, lacking a USB-A port and having one USB-C port. This might need extra adapters for some users.

  • Fan Noise: The Intel-powered Surface Pro 9 might have noticeable fan noise under heavy load. The ARM-based Surface Pro X generally operates quieter.

Overall:

Both devices are top-tier design and build quality. You can’t go wrong with either sturdiness, premium materials, and a luxurious feel. The choice could depend on your preference for:

  • Thinness: Surface Pro X
  • Color Variety: Surface Pro X
  • More Ports: Surface Pro 9
  • Quieter Operation: Surface Pro X

Also Read: Surface Pro 9 Review


Display

  • Both have a 13-inch, 2880 x 1920-pixel touchscreen display. It has excellent clarity and color accuracy.

  • The Surface Pro 9 offers a 120Hz refresh rate option. This makes scrolling smoother and more responsive. The Pro X lacks this feature.

The display is a crucial aspect of any tablet. Both the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9 offer high-resolution screens. But, they differ in size and other display features.


Performance

  • Surface Pro X uses a custom Microsoft SQ2 ARM processor. It’s optimized for battery life and connectivity. But, it can be less powerful than traditional Intel or AMD processors. 

  • This can be a drawback for demanding tasks like video editing or gaming. The Surface Pro 9 uses 12th Gen Intel Core processors (i5 or i7). These processors offer better performance for demanding tasks. But, battery life might be lower compared to the Pro X.

  • Looking at performance, both tablets have powerful processors. But, the clock speeds and performance vary between the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9.

Memory and Storage

Here’s a breakdown of the memory and storage differences between the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9:

Memory:

  • Surface Pro X: LPDDR5 RAM, available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB options.

  • Surface Pro 9: Configurations with 12th Gen Intel i5 processors have LPDDR5 RAM. 12th Gen Intel i7 and 5G models have LPDDR4x RAM. You can choose 8GB and 16GB for Intel i7 and 5G configurations. For Intel i5 configurations, you can choose 8GB, 16GB, or 32 GB.

Storage:

  • Both: Use removable M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs for storage.

  • Surface Pro X: Offers 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options.

  • Surface Pro 9: Similar options come with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. But, some configurations might not be available depending on the processor. Also, the availability of 5G might affect it.

Key Differences:

  • RAM: Surface Pro X uses the newer LPDDR5 RAM across all configurations. Surface Pro 9 uses LPDDR4x for some i7 and 5G models. LPDDR5 offers better performance and efficiency.

  • RAM capacity: Surface Pro 9 offers a 32GB RAM option. This option is not available on the Surface Pro X. It might be good for heavy multitasking and demanding applications. Both start with 128GB. But, Surface Pro 9 might have certain configurations with i7 or 5G options that start at 256GB.

Memory and storage are key factors in device performance. Both devices offer several options for RAM and storage, catering to a range of user needs.


Operating System

The operating system situation for Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9 is a bit different, so here’s a breakdown:

Surface Pro X:

  • Windows 11 Home on ARM: This is the standard OS for Wi-Fi models. It’s designed for ARM-based processors. It allows most Windows applications to run through emulation. But, some older or complex programs might not work.

  • Windows 11 Pro on ARM: Available for commercial customers. It offers extra management features compared to the Home edition.

Surface Pro 9:

  • Windows 11 Home: Standard OS for most configurations.

  • Windows 11 Pro: Optional upgrade for Pro users, offering security and management features.

Key Differences:

  • Processor Architecture: Surface Pro X uses an ARM-based processor. Surface Pro 9 uses Intel or Qualcomm processors. This dictates the OS version.

  • Software Compatibility: The ARM-based Windows on Surface Pro X requires emulation for non-native applications. This might introduce some limitations. Surface Pro 9 has no such limitations.

Both the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9 run on Windows. Windows is Microsoft’s proprietary operating system. Yet, the operating systems’ versions and features differ between the two models.


Battery Life

Battery life is a key factor to consider when choosing between the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9. Their performance in this area differs. Here’s a breakdown:

Surface Pro X: The battery boasts impressive life. On average, it generally lasts around 13-15 hours. This is thanks to its ARM processor and optimizations. Some users even report squeezing up to 8 hours of heavy use from it.

Surface Pro 9: The battery life is decent, but not as impressive as the Pro X. Expect around 8-10 hours depending on usage. Demanding tasks drain the battery faster.

Key Differences:

  • Processor Architecture: The ARM-based Pro X is more energy-efficient than the Intel/Qualcomm processors in the Pro 9. As a result, it has a longer battery life.

  • Display Refresh Rate: The Pro 9’s optional 120Hz refresh rate can drain the battery faster compared to the Pro X’s standard 60Hz.

  • Usage: Both devices will have a shorter battery life with heavy workloads. For example, video editing or gaming. Lighter tasks like browsing or document editing will yield better results.

Battery life is a critical factor for users who need their devices to last through the day. Here, we’ll compare the battery life of the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9.


Connectivity

The connectivity options of the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9 differ in some key ways. Now, let’s dive into the details.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth:

  • Both: Support Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 for fast and reliable wireless connections.

Cellular Connectivity:

  • Surface Pro X:
    • Has built-in LTE connectivity in all configurations.
    • Requires a separate data plan from a cellular carrier.
    • No 5G option is available.

  • Surface Pro 9:
    • 5G connectivity is optional. It is only available in select configurations with Intel Core i7 processors.
    • Requires a separate data plan from a cellular carrier.
    • Wi-Fi 6E is also available in some configurations. It offers faster and more stable wireless connections.

Ports:

  • Surface Pro X:
    • It only has one USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4. You can use it for charging, data transfer, and connecting external displays.
    • You need a Surface Dock or adapter to have extra ports like USB-A, HDMI, etc.

  • Surface Pro 9:
    • Has one USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4 and one USB-A port.
    • Offers more flexibility for connecting peripherals without needing extra adapters.

Other Connectivity Options:

  • Both: Include a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

  • Surface Pro 9: Has a headphone jack, which the Surface Pro X lacks.

Both devices offer a range of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular.


Accessories

  • Shared: Surface Pro Signature Keyboard, Surface Slim Pen 2, Surface Mobile Mouse, Surface Dock, Microsoft Surface Headphones.

  • Surface Pro X Specific: Surface Pro X LTE Adapter.

  • Surface Pro 9 Specific: Surface Pro 9 5G Adapter.

All accessories are sold separately, with estimated prices ranging from $79.99 to $349.99.


Price

The price of both Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9 varies depending on the configuration you choose. This includes the processor, RAM, storage, and connectivity options. Here’s a general range:

Surface Pro X:

  • Starts at around $899 for the Wi-Fi model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
  • Prices can go up to $1699 or higher for configurations with 16GB RAM, 1TB storage, and LTE.

Surface Pro 9:

  • Starts at around $1299 for the Wi-Fi model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
  • Prices can reach $2899 or even higher for configurations with 32GB RAM, 1TB storage, 5G, and the Intel Core i7 processor.

These are the starting prices. The actual price you pay may vary depending on retailer discounts and promotions. Please check the official website of Microsoft for the latest price.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Surface Pro X the same as 9?

The Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9 have similar designs. They share the same shape and size, but the main distinction lies in their thickness. The Surface Pro X measures a sleek 7.3mm, while the Surface Pro 9 is thicker at 9.4mm.

Is Microsoft discontinuing the Surface Pro X?

Last year, Microsoft discontinued the Surface Pro X line. The Surface Pro 9 offered customers the choice of Intel and Qualcomm processors.

What is the newest Surface Pro 2023?

Surface Pro 9 with 5G. Get on-the-go flexibility, unlock 5G speed, and enjoy long battery life with the Microsoft SQ® 3. It’s the latest-generation Microsoft processor, built in partnership with Qualcomm.

Does Surface Pro 9 have a USB port?

If you’re looking to add peripherals to your Surface Pro 9, it’s equipped with two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. It also has a Type Cover port for attaching a keyboard.

Can you install Windows 10 on Surface Pro 9?

Yes, you can install Windows 10 on the Surface Pro 9, but it depends on the processor:

Intel Processor: Surface Pro 9 with Intel processors supports Windows 10, version 21H2 and later.

5G Processor (SQ3): Surface Pro 9 with 5G uses an ARM processor and only supports Windows 11.


Conclusion

In conclusion, the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 9 are high-performance tablets. They cater to different user needs. You may find one of these devices a good fit. Consider display quality, performance, memory, and battery life.