Microsoft recently introduced the Surface Pro 9, and in addition to being one of the best Surface PCs on the market, it’s also the best Windows tablet you can buy right now. However, it is far from a perfect device. But as is typical in the tech world, we’re always looking forward to what’s next. We’ve got our eyes on the Surface Pro 10, even after a year.
We still have some time to wait, but we have some ideas for what we’d like to do differently next time. Here’s what we want to see when the Surface Pro 10 makes its debut.
Feature parity in the 5G model
With the Surface Pro 9, Microsoft has merged it with the Surface Pro X brand. Because of this, the chassis had to be thicker so that the Arm model could use the same cases as the Intel model. Despite this change, it missed out on some improvements.
For example, the Intel model comes with Thunderbolt 4 and LPDDR5 memory. It might be too much to ask Windows on an Arm PC to be Thunderbolt 4, but USB4 is a nice touch. The problem is that the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 under the hood is an older processor than the Intel 12th Gen or AMD Ryzen 6000, so it doesn’t support USB4 or LPDDR5. This should change with the chipset included in the next model. – Rich Woods
Colors for the 5G version
On the topic of parity between the 5G and Wi-Fi models, it would be nice if Microsoft brought some color to the Surface Pro 10 5G model. think about it; The first Surface Pro model to come in a color other than Platinum was the Arm-based Pro X. In fact, it was at the beginning the only available in black, with a platinum model coming later.
Unfortunately, if you want to stick with Arm processors, Microsoft has removed this option. The fancy new colors that Microsoft added to the Wi-Fi model aren’t even available in the 5G option. That makes even less sense when you consider that Microsoft’s 5G version went through the trouble of matching Intel’s model, which means the chassis is essentially the same. However, only the Intel model gives you color options. The colors make this a much more interesting device and hopefully the 5G version will have them next time around. – Juan Carrasqueira
When Microsoft redesigned the Surface Pro line with the Pro 8, the new design had some flaws. In an attempt to modernize the tablet, Microsoft decided to get rid of the classic USB Type-A ports in favor of Thunderbolt, but some of us are not ready to make this change. Many peripherals still use USB Type-A, and we like to use them with the Surface Pro 10 without the need for adapters. After all, Surface Pro 8 and 9 are thicker Compared to the Pro 7, there should be enough room for them.
It’s not just USB Type-A. Microsoft also removed the headphone jack with the Surface Pro 9, and it wasn’t even necessary. The Surface Pro 9 has basically the same chassis as the Pro 8, which has a headphone jack, but Microsoft removed it for some reason. Although it is unlikely that will happen, it would be nice to have him back. Microsoft could at least give users an adapter for the 3.5mm headphone jack or the option of a traditional display output like HDMI, as Mini DisplayPort Pro 7 has been removed. At the same time, we expect Microsoft to adopt the next generation. Thunderbolt will probably debut with 13th generation Intel Core processors for laptops. – Joao Carrasqueira, Arif Bacchus
A better keyboard
The Surface Type Cover is a standout feature of the Surface Pro line, but it’s controversial. While the Type Cover is great for typing at a desk, it’s not comfortable to use on your lap. Microsoft is considering a Surface-Book-like detachable keyboard for the Surface Pro 10. Thickening the keyboard deck and surface will certainly help with this.
Brydge, which makes accessories like keyboards for laptops and tablets, has shown that this is possible with the Brydge SP Max+ for the Surface Pro 8. It uses a pin to connect the keyboard directly to the tablet and integrates the body and keyboard for a more rugged experience. If Bridge can do it, why can’t Microsoft? Of course, this comes at a sacrifice in weight and portability, but the premium keyboard option for the Surface Pro 10 will appeal to many users. – Arif Bachus
Well, more graphics power, that is. With the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro 7+, Microsoft added Intel 10th and 11th Gen processors. In addition to the big 10nm CPU improvements, Intel has also made major improvements to integrated graphics with Iris Plus on the 10th-gen processors and Iris Xe on the 11th-gen models. With the 12th-gen processors in the Surface Pro 9, the Iris Xe graphics on-chips are essentially the same as their predecessors.
The good news is that Intel’s 13th generation chips are rumored to be another big leap forward in integrated graphics performance. With this boost, it opens up new use cases for such a thin and light device, so it’s better at gaming, editing videos, and more. – Rich Woods
These are the biggest things we really want to see when the Surface Pro 10 hits the market. Of course, there may be something you’d like to see that isn’t mentioned here. It’s important for Microsoft to keep the target audience in mind, so something like a discrete GPU doesn’t make much sense here, but could be on a more niche device.
But with these changes, the Surface Pro 10 could be a really great device. We have to wait and see if our wishes come true or not. Based on past trends, we might see the next-generation Surface Pro model by the end of 2023.