Microsoft announced a plethora of products today and one in particular got my attention.
SURFACE PRO X
The Surface Pro X is Microsoft’s next-gen laptop/tablet hybrid. With a higher resolution 13in screen, the device coming in at only 5.3mm thick at its thinnest point and weighs 762g. It keeps the detachable keyboard from Microsoft’s existing product line, but introduces a new slim stylus that fits between the keyboard and tablet for charging and storage, wirelessly of course.
It uses a new SQ1 chip, and Microsoft said the chip is three times more powerful than the processor in the existing Surface Pro 6.
The Pro X has always-connected 4G and will start from £999 in the UK. Shipping in early November.
SURFACE PRO 7 & SURFACE LAPTOP 3
Microsoft also announced the Surface Pro 7. Which will use Intel’s 10th generation Core chips.
The addition of USB-C connectivity to the tablet means faster charging that will help the battery reach 80%, in about an hour.
The Surface Pro 7 will cost from £799 in the UK. And will ship on October 22nd.
Microsoft also refreshed their traditional laptops, including the 13.5in and a brand new 15in Surface Laptop 3.
The 13.5in Surface Laptop 3 comes in either aluminium or Microsoft’s fabric Alcantara finish, and has USB-C.
The larger 15in Surface Laptop 3 claims to have fastest graphics of any laptop in its class. Both laptops feature all-day battery life and Microsoft’s new fast-charging technology.
The 13in Surface Laptop 3 cost will start from £999 and the 15in version will start from £1,199. Both laptops will start shipping from October 22nd.
Microsoft also announced its own true wireless earbuds – Surface Earbuds – which will rival Apple’s AirPods & Samsung’s Galaxy Buds.
The earbuds feature one-click pairing, support multiple devices.
They can be connected to PCs, phones and tablets from all brands, while retaining up to 24-hour battery life with charging case – similar to the AirPods and Galaxy Buds cases – the Surface Earbuds contain a dual-mic array in each ear, which will help pick up the user’s voice.
They have Spotify integration and gesture controls for volume and playback.
The Surface Earbuds will cost $249 and ship later this year in the US. No word on UK pricing or release as of yet. But we can bet it’ll be £249.
Microsoft revealed the Surface Neo, a dual-screen table with a hinge in the middle. (Not a foldable screen)
The Neo will have a detachable keyboard (purchased separately?) and can be opened and used in many different forms. Thanks to it’s 360 degree foldable hinge.
It supports the Surface Pen – which attaches to the back of the device – and comes in at 5.6mm thick.
The Surface Neo will launch, Holiday 2020. (Yes, we know… say no more).
Microsoft also unveiled the Surface Duo – a dual-screen folding phone, Which also is 360 degree foldable via a hinge in the middle of the two screens.
Talking of screens, the Duo has two 5.6in screens and will allow you to work on the device in a mixture of different ways, only this time, it will run on Android rather than Windows X.
Microsoft have partnered with Google to bring Android apps and the Play Store to the Duo. And will be interesting to see how apps will be displayed.
Could it be possible to run two separate apps on each of the screens? I normally lead up to the line “We won’t have long to find out.” But in this case, unfortunately we do. Microsoft will again launch the Surface Duo around Holiday 2020.