Does Microsoft Surface Pro 9 laptops have a MicroSD card slot?

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 9 during the Microsoft Ignite event. Surface Pro 9 is the latest line of laptops that comes with a WiFi-only variant and a 5G variant. Of course, they also come in with the latest Windows 11 updates. The Surface series of laptops are known for their ability to add additional expandable storage in the form of SD cards. Of course, a good number of Surface Pro models would have an SD card slot. So, does Surface Pro 9 laptops have a MicroSD card slot? Let’s find out.

As seen with the Surface Pro 8, the Surface Pro 9 lineup also eliminates the SD card slot. Well, this simply means you can no longer hot-swap SD cards on the go. And as everyone knows, the inbuilt storage options on the Surface Pro 9 is simply not enough for anyone, unless all you need the laptop for is browsing, using web apps, and attending meetings.

The main reason why the SD card slots are no longer present on the Surface Pro 9 is simply that these laptops are now slimmer than before. But one would say, well, an SD card is quite slim, why would they remove it altogether?

The answer to that question only lies with Microsoft itself. However, for those who feel the in-built storage isn’t going to suffice, you can now easily remove the M.2 SSD and swap it for one that has more storage capacity. Though you need to know that only the M.2 2230 PCIe SSDs are compatible and will fit perfectly in the new Surface Pro 9 laptops. The good part about this is that you can easily swap the SSD by using the SIM ejector tool to open the SSD door present under the device’s kickstand.

Though if you plan on still using SD Cards, it would be advisable to get yourself a USB-C SD card reader that you can plug into the USB-C port on your Surface Pro 9 laptop. You can find a good number of such SD card readers on Amazon for cheap. If you plan on purchasing the new Surface Pro 9, it would be wise to take a look at the specs for both variants of the Surface Pro 9.

Surface Pro 9 WiFi Variant

ProcessorIntel Core i5 1235U or Intel Core i7 1255U
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM8GB, 16GB, 32 GB LPDDR5
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Display Size13-inch PixelSense Flow Display at 2880 x 1920 (267 PPI)
Touch10-Point multi-touch
Refresh Rate 120Hz
Battery15.5 hours
Camera1080p front-facing camera & 10MP rear camera with 1080p HD and 4K support
Audio and Mic2W Stereo Dolby Atmos Audio Dual Field Studio Microphone
Ports2x USB-C 4.0 Thunderbolt 4 port | 1 Surface Connect port | 1 Surface Cover port
NetworkingWiFi 6E, 802.11ax | Bluetooth 5.1
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient Color Sensor
Color OptionsSapphire, Forest, Platinum, Graphite
Keyboard Color OptionsPlatinum, Black, Poppy, Red, Forest, Sapphire

SurfacePro 9 5G Variant

ProcessorMicrosoft SQ 3 CPU
GraphicsMicrosoft SQ 3 Adreno 8CX Gen 3
RAM8GB and 16GB LPDDR4x
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Display Size13-inch PixelSense Flow Display at 2880 x 1920 (267 PPI)
Touch10-Point multi-touch
Refresh Rate 120Hz
Battery19-hours
Camera1080p front-facing camera | 10 MP rear camera with 1080p HD and 4K support
Audio and Mic2W Stereo Dolby Atmos Audio Dual field studio microphone
Ports2x USB-C 3.21 Surface Connect port | 1 Surface Keyboard port | Nano SIM port
NetworkingWifi 6E, 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1, Nano and eSIM support, WCDMA, 4G, 5G support
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient Color Sensor
Color OptionsSapphire, Forest, Platinum, Graphite
Keyboard Color OptionsPlatinum, Black, Poppy, Red, Forest, Sapphire

Final Thoughts

Well, we hope this clears doubts if whether the Surface Pro 9 laptops have an SD card or not. Looking at how the Surface Pro 8 omitted the SD card slot, one can only expect that future Surface Pro models will also eliminate the SD card slots and you will have to either purchase the base variant of the laptop and upgrade the storage or simply purchase an external USB-C SD card reader and get used to it. So to conclude, no, the Surface Pro 9 laptops do not have an SD card slot.

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