It might just be the second day of October, but “Techtober” is starting and Microsoft is kicking things off. We were live at the Fall 2019 hardware event in New York City on Wednesday where the focus was on the Surface family. From the truly two-in-one Surface Pro line to the powerful Surface Book family, Microsoft has carved out a spot in the hardware space.
Surface Laptop 3
First up is the Surface Laptop 3, which introduces a machine aluminum finish while maintaining its always-on functionality. And yes, it finally adds in a USB-C port while keeping the USB-A option as well. The Surface Laptop 3 will drop in two sizes: 13-inch (starting at $999) and 15-inch (starting at $1,199) PixelSense displays.
As for the keyboard, the Surface Laptop 3 features a 1.3 millimeter key travel, which is impressive considering the thickness of the device. The trackpad is also larger, a common theme in the industry and similar to what Apple has done with the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
A quad-core 10th Intel Core processor powers the Laptop 3. Microsoft is claiming it’s two times faster than the previous Surface Laptop 2 and three times more powerful than the MacBook Air. The 15-inch model is powered by an AMD Ryzen Surface Edition processor. It was co-engineered by Microsoft and AMD teams. And fast-charging is finally arriving for the Surface Laptop 3 — we’re told you’ll be able to charge your laptop to 80% in under an hour.
Surface Pro 7
The Surface Pro 7 is the latest 2-in-1 from Microsoft, and it’s a full redesign for the seventh generation of the Surface Pro. The focus of the product is on better performance, a sleek design and a USB-C port that’s joined the USB-A port. Charging is done through a proprietary port, and it is a fast-charge. The Surface Pen enables you to mark up any window, including a Microsoft Word document with in-line editing.
Microsoft Surface Pro X
The Surface Pro X keeps the 2-in-1 design but packs a 13-inch diagonal display into a 12-inch size. The Type Cover is included and packs a hidden storage and charging spot for the new Surface Pen Slim, which a super exciting feature.
Powering the Surface Pro X is a custom Microsoft SQ1 chipset that enables LTE connectivity, instant-on, long battery life and powerful performance. It runs full Windows 10.
Microsoft Surface Earbuds
Microsoft isn’t sitting out of the true wireless race. Surface Earbuds have arrived, and like other options, offer a true wireless experience with a carrying case that should supply 24 hours of battery life. Unlike AirPods, these earbuds opt for a circular design that aim to rest in your ears. With a directional microphone included, the earbuds should be able to clearly pick up your voice.
Touch sensors are located on both the left and right earbuds for controlling playback and triggering a voice assistant. You’ll even be able to open apps, like Spotify, with certain gestures. Microsoft is also highlighting Earbuds’ deep integration with Office. In Powerpoint, you’ll be able to generate captions in real time while wearing the Surface Earbuds.
The Microsoft Surface Earbuds will launch this holiday for $249.
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What’s coming next?
Panos Panay, the man in charge of Surface at Microsoft, also teased the future of the Surface family. The Surface Neo is coming next year and offers a foldable experience. It weighs in at 655-grams and is designed using Gorilla Glass for durability. With a 360-degree hinge, you can use the Surface Neo in almost any form. It’s like Lenovo’s Yoga multimode experience on steroids.
Microsoft is calling the different modes “postures.” The Surface Slim Pen wirelessly charges and attaches to the back — though the Samsung Tab S6 and Apple’s iPad Pro already have this ability. The keyboard attaches the back magnetically, and there’s no need for a full Typer Cover as the other display can act as a trackpad.
The Surface Neo will run Windows 10 X which has custom enhancements for dual screens. The Surface Neo will fully support Office and many other apps. No word on exact pricing as of yet.
We also learned about a dual screen phone, the Surface Duo, which is due next holiday.
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