A few hours ago, Microsoft held its much anticipated Surface event in New York. The Redmond-based tech giant introduced a handful of Surface devices including a laptop, a 2-in-1, two tablets, a pair of wireless earbuds, a new Surface pen, and a smartphone. Yes, you read it right, Microsoft is back into the smartphone business with a phone called the Surface Duo. Powered by Android, the upcoming Surface handset flaunts dual displays too.
So, without further ado, here’s everything Microsoft has introduced its October 2019 Surface event.
Microsoft Surface Duo
Talking about the latest Microsoft smartphone first, it boots a customised version of Android. The phone has two 5.6-inch displays that are connected by a hinge that allows it to be rotated up to 360-degrees. When you are using the handset in its unfolded form, it will turn into an 8.3-inch tablet. Notably, Microsoft has heavily customised the Android version of the Surface Duo. A couple of the exclusive features Microsoft has added to the OS include support for using one of the screens as a controller / keyboard and running two separate apps on each of the displays. The Surface Duo is still in a concept stage, and will be launched by the end of 2020.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
Microsoft has expanded its range of Surface series laptops with the Surface Laptop 3. The new notebook comes in two screen sizes – 13-inch and 15-inch. The 13-inch model offers 10th-gen Intel Core processors, Iris Plus Graphics, and it can be loaded with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of NVME SSD. The 15-inch variant sports up to AMD Ryzen 7 processors, Vega 11 graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD. Both are equipped with USB Type-C ports for faster charging and up to 11.5 hours of usage. They will go on sale from October 22nd at a starting price of $999 (~Rs 71,000).
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Talking about the latest 2-in-1 from Google, the Surface Pro 7 sports a 12.3-inch display bearing a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels and an aspect ratio of 3:2. The convertible can be equipped with up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and Intel Iris Plus graphics. The device sports slim bezels and can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. For imaging, the Surface Pro 7 features a 5MP front camera and an 8MP rear shooter. The hybrid is touted to provide up to 10.5 hours on a single charge. This one is priced at $749 (~Rs 53,000), and will go on sale in the US from October 22nd.
Microsoft Surface Pro X
The Surface Pro X is a tablet that’s powered by the Microsoft SQ1 chipset, which the company has developed in partnership with Qualcomm. The slate’s processor is based on the Snapdragon 8cx processor, and is accompanied by an Adreno 685 GPU, up to 16GB of RM, and 512GB of SSD storage. The other highlights include a 5MP front camera, a 10MP rear shooter, built-in LTE, USB Type-C, up to 13 hours of battery life and fast charging. The Surface Pro X will go on sale in November at a starting price of $999 (~Rs 71,000).
Microsoft Surface Neo
Just like the Surface Duo smartphone, the Surface Neo tablet comes with a 360-degree rotatable hinge with two screens around it. The slate has a 9-inch screen on each side of the hinge, and when it is folded-out, it becomes a 13-inch tablet. Notably, you can use the device as a full-fled Windows 10X laptop. This will be available in the market next year.
Microsoft Surface Slim Pen
The new Surface Slim Pen has been redesigned with a flat body. Compatible with the Surface Pro 3 and later, the Surface Neo, and the Hub 2S, the new stylus comes with a USB Type-C charging base. The accessory will be available for $144.99 (~Rs 10,000).
Microsoft Surface Earbuds
The Surface Earbuds are the first pair of truly wireless earphones from the Redmond giant. The wearable is touted to provide up to 24 hours of usage on a single charge (charging case’s power included). It can be synchronised with Microsoft Office and its touch-enabled sides can be used to change slides with PowerPoint on your desktop. This one has a price tag of $249 (Rs 17,500), and it will be available to consumers by the end of 2019.
Lastly, Windows 10X is a custom version of Android, which is exclusively designed for products with dual-displays and foldable screens. The new OS comes with a new Start Menu, which doesn’t have Live Tiles anymore. The first products powered by Windows 10X will be available to the public by the end of 2020.
So, that’s everything Microsoft has announced at its latest Surface launch event. If you are waiting for any of these devices to come to India soon, let us in the comments section below.