Microsoft has just unveiled a broad new Surface lineup that features new models of the existing Surface laptops, wireless earbuds and a pair of dual-screen devices. The only problem is the Surface Neo and Surface Duo are not releasing until holiday 2020. We’re not sure why Microsoft decided to blur some of the images. It’s a little disappointing.
Surface Laptop 3
The new Surface Laptop 3 is said to balances power and elegance while handling the requirements of an everyday laptop. Now available in two sizes, Surface Laptop 3 is twice as fast upgraded with a 10th Generation Intel Core processor, the same slim design and all-day battery life. USB-A and USB-C Fast Charging can both take the new Surface Laptop to about 80% charge in just an hour.
The typing experience is also more comfortable with a full 1.33mm key travel and a 20% larger glass trackpad. Expect improved front-facing cameras, OmniSonic speakers and dual far-field Studio microphones. The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 starts at AU $1,699, and the larger 15-inch model starts at $1,999. Both will be available from October 22, 2019.
Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X
Surface Pro remains a versatile 2:1 whether you choose Surface Pro 7 or the new ultra-mobile Surface Pro X. Redesigned from the inside out, Pro 7 is twice as fast as the previous model with a 10th Generation Intel Core processor, both USB-A and USB-C and an all-day battery.
At 5.33mm and weighing 762 grams, Surface Pro X is incredibly thin, light and powerful. The new Microsoft SQ1 processor codesigned with Qualcomm pushes 2 teraflops of graphics processing power and is the fastest Qualcomm processor ever created for a PC.
With 33% thinner bezels, Microsoft is going for the feel of a 13-inch touch screen device within the chassis of a 12-inch. The Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard includes pen docking for secure storage and charging for the new Slim Pen. Surface Pro 7 starts at AU$1,249 and Surface Pro X starts at AU$1,699. Both models launch November 19.
Surface Neo is a dual-screen PC running Windows 10X, a dual-screen-friendly version if Windows 10. Neo has a full 360-degree hinge to rotate the two 9-inch screens to the preferred angle. In many ways, Surface Neo looks set to be a mini Surface Pro. When fully extended, Surface Neo measures 13 inches, comes with a removable keyboard, and is compatible with Surface Pen and a Bluetooth Mouse. There’s no word on pricing and Surface Neo won’t launch ‘til holiday 2020.
Microsoft is entering the dual-screen smartphone arena with Surface Duo. It’s a pocket-sized version of the flagship Surface design, built on an Android operating system. We don’t know much about this one yet other than its intended launch period of holiday 2020, so watch this space over the coming months.
Listeners can experience rich, immersive sound that can instantly stream Spotify with a triple tap of either earbud. Screen-free integration with Office 365 lets you access your Outlook calendar, and email with your voice (currently U.S. only) and even get live, on-screen captions and translations in PowerPoint. Enjoy all-day battery life with the included wireless charging case. There’s currently no word on a release date or Australian pricing although Surface Earbuds are priced at $249 in the United States.
Expect to see much more of the new Microsoft Surface devices over the coming months.