2023 ROG Flow Z13 vs. Surface Pro 9: Which is better?

Here is a side by side comparison between 2023 ROG Flow Z13 and Surface Pro 9 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

2023 ROG Flow Z13 Pros

Reasons that 2023 ROG Flow Z13 is better than Surface Pro 9.

Much faster CPU performance

Intel Core i9-13900H inside 2023 ROG Flow Z13 has a 128% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-1265U inside Surface Pro 9.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
2023 ROG Flow Z13 - Intel Core i9-13900H
14,490
Surface Pro 9 - Intel Core i7-1255U
6,415
Surface Pro 9 - Intel Core i7-1265U
6,336
Surface Pro 9 - Intel Core i5-1235U
5,715
Surface Pro 9 - Intel Core i5-1245U
5,700
Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6 65W Max vs. integrated

Has three more ports and slots

The 2023 ROG Flow Z13 has more ports and slots count than the Surface Pro 9. It has eight versus five amount of ports and slots on the Surface Pro 9.

Ports2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
headphone jackYesNo
Keyboard ConnectorYesNo
microSD card slotYesNo
Removable SSD SlotYesNo
ROG XG Mobile InterfaceYesNo
SSD slotNoYes
Surface ConnectNoYes
Surface Type Cover portNoYes
Thunderbolt 4YesYes x2
USB-AYesNo
USB-CYesNo
Total85
More versatile connectivity

The 2023 ROG Flow Z13 has better versatile I/O connectivity than the Surface Pro 9. It has five versus one commonly used port and slot on the Surface Pro 9.

Ports2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
Thunderbolt 4YesYes
headphone jackYesNo
microSD card slotYesNo
USB-AYesNo
USB-CYesNo

Surface Pro 9 Pros

Reasons that Surface Pro 9 is better than 2023 ROG Flow Z13.

Supports larger memory

Surface Pro 9 supports a larger memory capacity than the 2023 ROG Flow Z13. It supports up to 32GB versus 16GB of system memory on the 2023 ROG Flow Z13.

Max system memory size
Surface Pro 9
32 GB
2023 ROG Flow Z13
16 GB
About 26% lighter

Surface Pro 9 weighed 1.94 pounds, 26% lighter than the 2.60 pounds 2023 ROG Flow Z13.

Weight2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
Pound
2.60 lbs.
1.94 lbs.
Kilogram
1.18 kg
0.88 kg

Key Similars

Similar characteristics share between 2023 ROG Flow Z13 and Surface Pro 9.

Uses the same memory type and speed

Both laptops supports the same 5200MHz LPDDR5 RAM.

Memory type and speed
2023 ROG Flow Z13 - LPDDR5
5,200 MHz
Surface Pro 9 - LPDDR5
5,200 MHz

Prices

Here are the latest price updates and offers for both devices.

2023 ROG Flow Z13 Price
ASUS ROG Flow Z13 (2022) Gaming Laptop Tablet, 13.4” 120Hz FHD+ Display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050,Core i7-12700H, 16GB LPDDR5, 512GB PCIe SSD, Free Bundle Detachable RGB Keyboard, GZ301ZC-PS73, Black
ASUS ROG Flow Z13 (2022) Gaming Laptop Tablet, 13.4” 120Hz FHD+ Display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050,Core i7-12700H, 16GB LPDDR5, 512GB PCIe SSD, Free Bundle Detachable RGB Keyboard, GZ301ZC-PS73, Black
By ASUS
$1,049.99
$1,799.99 42% OFF
ASUS ROG Flow Z13 Gaming Laptop Tablet, 13.4" FHD+ WUXGA 120Hz Touchscreen, 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H, 16GB Ram, 1TB SSD, nVidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, FPReader, Webcam, Windows 11, XPI Bundle
ASUS ROG Flow Z13 Gaming Laptop Tablet, 13.4" FHD+ WUXGA 120Hz Touchscreen, 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H, 16GB Ram, 1TB SSD, nVidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, FPReader, Webcam, Windows 11, XPI Bundle
By ASUS
$1,379.00
ASUS ROG Flow Z13-13.4" Touchscreen Gaming Tablet- 12th Intel Core i9-12900H- NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3050 Ti -16GB Memory - 1TB PCIe Gen4 SSD - MUX Switch- w/Cloth
ASUS ROG Flow Z13-13.4" Touchscreen Gaming Tablet- 12th Intel Core i9-12900H- NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3050 Ti -16GB Memory - 1TB PCIe Gen4 SSD - MUX Switch- w/Cloth
By ASUS
$1,299.00
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 Price
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 (2022), 13" 2-in-1 Tablet & Laptop, Thin & Lightweight, Intel 12th Gen i7 Fast Processor for Multi-Tasking, 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage with Windows 11, Graphite Microsoft Copilot
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 (2022), 13" 2-in-1 Tablet & Laptop, Thin & Lightweight, Intel 12th Gen i7 Fast Processor for Multi-Tasking, 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage with Windows 11, Graphite Microsoft Copilot
By Microsoft
$1,180.44
$1,599.99 26% OFF
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 13" Touch-Screen Intel Core i5-16GB Memory - 256GB SSD Platinum
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 13" Touch-Screen Intel Core i5-16GB Memory - 256GB SSD Platinum
By Microsoft
$1,001.89
$1,099.00 9% OFF
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 13" 120Hz 2-In-1 Tablet, Intel Evo Core i7-1265U 1.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 11 Pro, Graphite
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 13" 120Hz 2-In-1 Tablet, Intel Evo Core i7-1265U 1.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 11 Pro, Graphite
By Microsoft
$1,134.78
$1,329.17 15% OFF

Comparison Summary

ASUS has released the ROG Flow Z13, a 13.4-inch machine, in early-2023. It is powered by 14-core Intel Core i9-13900H with a boost clock speed up to 5.40 GHz. The laptop has a dedicated GPU option up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 with 8GB GDDR6 65W Max.

On the other hand, we have the 13-inch Surface Pro 9 was introduced by Microsoft about a year earlier in late-2022. It comes with up to 10-core Intel Core i7-1265U with a boost clock speed up to 4.80 GHz. It has an integrated graphics option up to Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics (96 Execution Units, → 1250 MHz).

Geekbench 5 Single Core

2023 ROG Flow Z131
13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13900H1,889100.00%
Surface Pro 91
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1235U1,51079.94%
2
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1255U1,75492.85%
3
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1245U1,56082.58%
4
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1265U1,33670.73%
01,889

Geekbench 5 Multi Core

2023 ROG Flow Z131
13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13900H14,490100.00%
Surface Pro 91
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1235U5,71539.44%
2
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1255U6,41544.27%
3
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1245U5,70039.34%
4
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1265U6,33643.73%
014,490

The 2023 ROG Flow Z13 has a 13.4-inch display which is quite similar size to the 13-inch Surface Pro 9. In addition, the 2023 ROG Flow Z13 weighs 2.60 lbs. about 34% heavier than the 1.94 lbs. Surface Pro 9. Moreover, measured at 11.89” x 8.11” x 0.51”, the 2023 ROG Flow Z13 is considerably bulkier than the Surface Pro 9 at 11.3” x 8.2” x 0.37”.

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9

There are a toal number of 8 ports and slots available on 2023 ROG Flow Z13. That includes a Thunderbolt 4 port, a ROG XG Mobile Interface, a USB-C port, a USB-A port, a headphone jack, a Keyboard Connector, a microSD card slot, and a Removable SSD Slot. With that said, it has three ports and slots more than the Surface Pro 9 that has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a Surface Connect, a Surface Type Cover port, and an SSD slot.

Moving over to upgradability, ASUS claims that the 2023 ROG Flow Z13 supports 16GB 5200 MHz LPDDR5 memory. However, it has an onboard memory module that is not upgradable by the users. Fortunately, it comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that users can replace and upgrade in the future.

For Surface Pro 9, it supports up to 32GB 5200 MHz LPDDR5 memory. Like 2023 ROG Flow Z13, it has an onboard memory module that is not upgradable by the users. Luckily, it has a single removable M.2 SSD slot that users can replace or upgrade when needed.

Key Features

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
At Glance
Released in Early
2023
16:10 QHD+
13.4”
1600p 165Hz
Weight
2.60 lb
1.18 kg
Powered By
Intel Core i9-13900H
14C/20T, 2.60 → 5.40 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,889
Single Core
Geekbench 5
14,490
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
96 Execution Units, 400 → 1500 MHz
16GB
5200 MHz LPDDR5
2023 ROG Flow Z13 Ports
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 4060
8GB GDDR6 65W Max
Supports
ROG XG Mobile
With RTX 4090 16GB GDDR6
Released in Late
2022
3:2 2.8K
13”
1920p 60~120Hz
Weight
1.94 lb
0.88 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-1265U
10C/12T, 1.80 → 4.80 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,336
Single Core
Geekbench 5
6,336
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
96 Execution Units, → 1250 MHz
Configurable up to
32GB
5200 MHz LPDDR5
Starting at
$999.99
i5, 8GB, 128GB, Win 11 Home

Availability

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
Released20232022
Release DateAnnounced on January 04, 2022 (CES 2023)
  • Introduced: October 12, 2022
  • Pre-ordered: October 12, 2022
  • Released: October 25, 2022
Pricing-Starting at $999.99
Applicable Models
  • ROG Flow Z13
  • ROG Flow Z13 2-in-1
  • 2023 ROG Flow Z13
  • ROG Flow Z13 (2023) GZ302
  • ASUS ROG Flow Z13 2023
  • 2023 ROG Flow Z13 GZ302
  • ROG Flow Z13 (2023) GZ301VV
  • ROG Flow Z13 (2023) GZ301VU
  • ROG Flow Z13 (2023) GZ301VF
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Generations

Exterior

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
Dimensions11.89 x 8.11 x 0.51 ~ 0.56” (302 x 206 x 12.9 ~ 14.2 mm)11.3” x 8.2” x 0.37” (287 mm x 208 mm x 9.3 mm)
Weight2.60 lbs (1.18 kg)1.94 lb (879 g)
Colors
Black
Sapphire Forest Platinum Graphite
Keyboard and TrackpadDetachable Keyboard
  • Full-size RGB backlit chicklet keyboard.
  • 1.7mm key travel.
  • Supports Aura Sync.
  • N-KEY rollover.
  • Dimensions: 302 x 220 x 5.6 mm
  • Weight: 0.34 kg
Touchpad
  • Compatible with Wireless Gamepad.
  • Microsoft Precision Touchpad.
  • Not included.
  • Compatible with 
    Surface Pro Signature Keyboard Surface Pro X Keyboard
  • Type Cover Features:
    • Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys
    • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12)
    • 4 directional keys; Windows, Brightness and Media Controls Keys;
    • LED backlighting
  • Trackpad:
    • Precision glass trackpad.
    • Trackpad size: 4 x 2 inches (101.6 mm x 50.8 mm)
    • Supports a five-finger multitouch gesture.
  • Surface Slim Pen Storage
    • Magnetic dock
    • Automatically wireless charge Surface Slim Pen
Chasis Information
  • Full CNC-milled chassis design
  • Premium anti-fingerprint coating
  • Integrated 170-degree kickstand
  • See-through rear window design
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Display

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
Size13.4 Inches13 Inches
InfoROG Nebula Display
  • 13.4” QHD+ 165Hz 3ms
    16:10 2560 x 1600 165Hz 100% DCI-P3 up to 500-nits brightness Pantone Validated Touch Screen Stylus support IPS Level Anti-Glare Adaptive-Sync Pantone Validated MUX Switch + NVIDIA Advanced Optimus Supports Dolby Vision HDR
  • 13” PixelSense™ Flow Display
  • Resolution: 2880 x 1920
    5.53M Pixels.
  • Density: 267 PPI
  • Color profile: sRGB and Vivid
  • Dynamic refresh rate: up to 120Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1200:1
  • Touch: 10-point multi-touch
  • Brightness: 450 nits maximum (typical), 2 nits minimum
  • Gorilla® Glass 5
  • Adaptive Color
  • Auto Color Management supported
  • Dolby Vision IQ™ support

Ports

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
2023 ROG Flow Z13 Ports
Image Source: ASUS
Left (3)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery
  • 1 x ROG XG Mobile Interface
    Exclusive interface with PCIe 3.0 x8 (Up to 63Gbps).
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort 1.4, G-Sync, PD Charging
Right (2)
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Bottom (1)
  • 1 x Keyboard Connector
Under Kickstand (2)
  • 1 x microSD card slot
    UHS-II
  • 1 x Removable SSD Slot
Left (2)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
Right (1)
  • 1 x Surface Connect
    Charging, Docking
Bottom (1)
  • 1 x Surface Type Cover port
Under Kickstand (1)
  • 1 x SSD slot
    M.2 2230 NVMe slot

Internal Specs

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
Processor
  1. 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13900H
    14 cores, 20 threads, 2.60 → 5.40 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
  1. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1235U
    10 cores, 12 threads, 1.30 → 4.40 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
  2. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1255U
    10 cores, 12 threads, 1.70 → 4.70 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
  3. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1245U
    10 cores, 12 threads, 1.60 → 4.40 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
  4. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1265U
    10 cores, 12 threads, 1.80 → 4.80 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  1. 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13900H
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1500 MHz
  1. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1235U
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, → 1200 MHz
  2. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1255U
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, → 1250 MHz
  3. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1245U
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, → 1200 MHz
  4. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1265U
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, → 1250 MHz
Memory
16GB
Dual-Channel LPDDR5 5200 MHz
Onboard memory.
8GB 16GB 32GB
5200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM
Discrete GraphicsOptional Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2050 - 4GB GDDR6
    1545 MHz at 50W with ROG Boost up to 1595 MHz at 65W (15W Dynamic Boost).
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 4050 - 6GB GDDR6
    2055 MHz at 50W with ROG Boost up to 2105 MHz at 65W (15W Dynamic Boost).
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 4060 - 8GB GDDR6
    1890 MHz at 50W with ROG Boost up to 1940 MHz at 65W (15W Dynamic Boost).
ROG XG Mobile
  • GPU
    • Thrid Gen - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 - 16GB GDDR6
    • Second Gen - AMD Radeon™ RX 6850M XT - 12GB GDDR6
    • First Gen - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 - 8GB GDDR6
  • Ports
    • 3 x USB-A
      USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps).
    • 1 x USB-C 
      USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps).
    • 1 x RJ-45
      2.5 Gbps Ethernet port.
    • 1 x HDMI 2.1
    • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 
      Supports G-Sync
    • 1 x SD card reader 
      Supports UHS-II (up to 312 MB/s)
    • 1 x DC-in
  • Dimensions: 217 x 165 x 32.6 mm
  • Weight: 1.3 kg
  • 330W power supply
 
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Storage
512GB 1TB
PCIe 4 SSD
1 x M.2 2230 slot.
128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
Removable SSD.
Fans Number-1

Connectivity

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
Wi-FiIntel® Wi-Fi 6E with Gig+ performance (802.11ax)Wi-Fi 6E: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible.
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2Bluetooth Wireless 5.1 technology

Battery

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
Size56 Wh
4-cell lithium-ion
  • 47.7 Wh
    Nominal battery capacity.
  • 46.5 Wh
    Minimum battery capacity.
Battery Life-Up to 15.5 hours of typical device usage
Power Supply130W USB-C power adaptor
Compact adapter with fast charging technology (50% in 30 minutes).
  • 60W power supply with USB-A (5W) (65W total)
  • Supports Fast Charge (0-80% in about one hour)

Software

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
OSWindows 11 HomeConsumer models
  • Windows 11 Home
Business models
  • Windows 11 Pro, Windows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps
Armoury Crate GameVisual 1M Xbox Game Pass
  • Preloaded Microsoft 365 Apps
  • Microsoft 365 Family 30-day trial
  • Preloaded Xbox app
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate one-month trial

Camera & Audio

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
Camera
  • Front-facing 5MP camera
    Top-mount front camera, 5 Megapixels.
  • Built-in IR Camera
  • Rear 8MP camera
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
  • 10.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p full HD and 4K video
AudioSpeaker
  • 2 x speakers with Smart Amp Technology
  • Supports DAC and Virtual 5.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos.
  • Hi-Res certification.
Microphone
  • Built-in 3-microphone array
  • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation
  • Dual far-field Studio Mics
  • 2W stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos®

Misc

2023 ROG Flow Z13Surface Pro 9
InkingSupports ASUS Pen.
  • Designed for Surface Slim Pen 2
  • Supports Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP)
    4096 levels of pressure Tilt sensing Best in class latency Paper feel 0.1mm precision magnetic storage
  • Supports Tactile signals with Surface Slim Pen 2
  • The integrated storage and wireless charging for Surface Slim Pen 2 with Surface Pro Signature Keyboard
Sensors-
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Ambient Color Sensor (brightness and color)
Security
  • Windows Hello Facial Authentication
  • BIOS Administrator Password and User Password Protection
  • Built-in fingerprint on the power button.
  • TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise-grade security and BitLocker support
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • Windows 11 Secured-core PC
In the box
  • ROG Flow Z13
  • 130W PD adaptor
  • Optional Gladius III
  • Optional P303 IMPACT
  • Optional ROG Fusion II 300
  • Optional Stylus SA203H
  • Surface Pro 9
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyStandard 1-year limited warranty1-year limited hardware warranty

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