Microsoft has announced a new Surface Laptop Studio, along with the Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3, a Surface Pro X with WiFi and the second-generation Surface Duo smartphone.
Microsoft announced five new Surface products on Wednesday, including a laptop, three tablets, and a new clamshell phone.
Microsoft doesn’t make a lot of money in hardware. Only 4% of the company’s revenue in the second quarter came from devices. According to Gartner estimates, the global PC market is led by Lenovo, HP, Dell and Apple.
While these improvements could help sustain Surface sales growth, they’re more likely to fuel the upcoming Windows 11 operating system and Office productivity applications, both of which are more significant pieces of Microsoft’s business and inspire the work of other device manufacturers.
Windows 11 is coming out October 5th, and the new PCs and phone Microsoft announced will hit the market at the same time. Pre-orders will begin on Wednesday in select markets. This means that after the shopping frenzy, the devices come onto the market at the beginning of school, but arrive on time for the holidays.
Here’s an overview of the new Surface devices:
Surface Laptop Studio
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio has a display that you can tilt easily.
Microsoft announced its first Surface Laptop Studio computer, taking inspiration from its all-in-one Surface Studio 2 desktop, which has still not been updated since 2018. The $ 1,600 Surface Laptop Studio will replace Microsoft’s existing Surface Laptop and has a new design.
It has a special hinge that allows you to tilt the 14-inch display at an angle that covers the keyboard, bringing the screen closer and making typing easier. Or you can flip it over and use the Laptop Studio like a tablet. However, unlike the Surface Laptop, the screen doesn’t come off.
Microsoft’s Surface Slim Pen 2 can be securely stowed on the underside of the Surface Laptop Studio.
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Customers can hide and charge the new Surface Slim Pen 2 under the Surface Laptop Studio’s keyboard for $ 130. The new Surface Pen has a finer tip than the model it replaces and includes a motor that provides haptic feedback when events occur in some programs. A haptic trackpad on the computer ensures a more pleasant clicking experience than previous Surface devices.
Surface Pro 8
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 has a new compartment to safely store and charge the new Surface Slim Pen 2.
Microsoft also announced its flagship tablet, Surface Pro 8. The company reportedly postponed the release last year. The Surface Pro 8 starts at $ 1,100, compared to the starting price of the Surface Pro 7, which launched in 2019.
The new model has a 13-inch display that is larger than the previous 12.3-inch display, although the tablet is now slightly wider and heavier. The display has an adaptive color feature that adjusts the white balance to make viewing more comfortable. It’s been available on Apple’s MacBooks for years. The screen also has a dynamic refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, which can help save battery life and make scrolling smoother.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 with an optional detachable keyboard.
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An optional detachable keyboard for $ 180 provides space to store and charge the new slim pen. Consumers can configure the new system with 11th generation Intel Core chips and up to 32 GB of RAM. According to Microsoft, the Pro 8 has a battery life of up to 16 hours, compared to up to 10.5 hours on the Pro 7.
Surface Duo 2 phone
Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 has a three-lens camera.
Microsoft’s first Surface Duo smartphone was a flop. It was launched last year with buggy software and specifications that were behind similarly priced phones. The new Surface Duo 2 offers some of the features that the previous year’s model lacks, such as several new cameras, 5G support, near field communication for mobile payments, and stereo speakers. And it comes with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip used in other flagship phones like Samsung’s latest Galaxy devices.
While the Surface Duo’s two screens are closed, the rounded edges of the glass can show the time as well as the number of missed calls, teams messages, and text messages.
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Like last year’s version, the Surface Duo 2 opens to reveal two 5.8-inch screens that can be used together. For example, you can have one app on one screen and another on the opposite screen. Or you can expand a single app to both displays and use the 8.3-inch space.
The Surface Duo 2 has curved glass displays.
The displays have a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which should make scrolling and moving in apps smoother. Another new feature: when the phone is closed, the phone will display small notifications along the hinge.
It’s still not as waterproof as other phones and doesn’t have wireless charging.
The Surface Duo 2 starts at $ 1,500, which is $ 100 more than the original. It will be sent in white or black.
Surface Go 3
The Surface Go 3.
Microsoft has updated its Surface Go 3, a miniature version of its Surface Pro tablet. It starts at $ 400 without a keyboard and can be configured with up to an Intel Core i3 chip, which Microsoft says is 60% faster than the chip used in last year’s Surface Go 2.
The company said the Surface Go 3 has up to 11 hours of battery life, while the older version got up to 10 hours. A variant with integrated LTE connectivity will be available in the next few months, but 5G support in particular is missing.
Surface Pro X
Microsoft will release a Wi-Fi version of its arm-based Surface Pro X.
Finally, Microsoft announced a new Wi-Fi-only version of the Surface Pro X, a tablet that first hit the market in 2019 with LTE cellular support. It’s the first version to come with Wi-Fi only, and it costs $ 900, just $ 100 less than the original model, despite having the same chip and no other notable hardware changes.
However, Windows 11 allows the device to run certain 64-bit apps through emulation. That could mean people can run more apps than they did when the first model was introduced.
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