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Microsoft Surface Event 2018: Everything That Was Announced

At an event in New York on Tuesday, Microsoft announced its refreshed lineup of Surface devices – the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones.

To begin with, the Surface Pro 6  is the latest in Microsoft’s lineup of hybrid laptops / tablets. The Surface Pro 6 comes with upgraded specifications, considering the last Surface tablet that was launched in June 2017. In terms of design, the Surface Pro 6 flaunts a new sleek matte Black finish. On the weighing scale, it measures 1.7 pounds and has the same 12.3-inch display. Under the hood, the Surface Pro 6 is powered by Intel’s 8th Gen quad-core processor. Microsoft claims the device will be 67 percent faster than its predecessor. The Surface Pro 6 offers up to 16GB RAM and a SSD with up to 1TB storage. The Surface Pro 6 has the same connectivity options as the existing model, so the absence of USB Type-C can be disappointing for users.

Next up is the Surface Laptop 2, an upgraded version of last years original Surface Laptop. Microsoft has added 8th-gen quad-core Intel processors and 8GB RAM in the base variant. Microsoft claims the device is 85 percent faster than the previous model. The Surface Laptop 2 promises 14.5 hours of battery life.

The Surface Studio 2 is a premium desktop aimed at creative professionals. The device is touted as the “fastest Surface ever” and promises more vibrancy, high graphics performance and faster processing. The Surface Studio 2 boasts a 28-inch PixelSense display. Microsoft says that it is 38 percent brighter and offers 22 percent more contrast than the original Studio. Under the hood, the device is powered by a 7th-Gen Intel chipset which isn’t the latest. It is paired with 16GB or 32GB RAM options and offers 1TB or 2TB SSD storage options. Alongside, there is also Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics onboard. The PC is also compatible with the Surface Dial accessory.

Alongside its computing devices, Microsoft also launched a surprise device – the Surface Headphones They are premium, over-ear wireless headphones and charge via USB Type-C. The new Surface headphones come with noise cancellation features and 13 levels of ambient noise controls. Users can adjust the volume by turning the dial on the right ear cup. The headphones claim to deliver upto 15 hours of playback on a single charge. They also support Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant. 

Pricing & Availability:

Microsoft announced that the Surface Pro 6 with an Intel Core i5 processor will be available from October 16th starting at $899 (~Rs 65,901). The Surface Laptop 2 will also go on sale from October 16th starting at $999 (~Rs 73,231) in the US. As for the Surface Studio, it is available for pre-order currently in US and carries a price tag of $3,499 (~Rs 2,56,590). Microsoft’s Surface Headphones are coming soon and are priced at $350 (~Rs 25,551).

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