The Microsoft Surface event held in New York yesterday brought in a few surprises and also a few expected devices, which comically were leaked in full just hours before their announcement. From the refreshed Surface Pro and Surface Laptop to the all-new Surface Headphones, let’s take a look at the biggest announcement from Microsoft’s keynote:
One of the new products launched by Microsoft yesterday, the Surface Headphones feature built-in Cortana support and are available for pre-order for $349. The wireless Bluetooth headphones come with an automatic pause and play feature that stops the audio as soon as the headphones are taken off ears. It weighs 0.64 pounds and can run for almost 15 hours on a full battery. It charges via USB Type-C and takes about two hours to get fully juiced up. Sadly the headphones will only come in an unimpressive grey colour.
Surface Studio 2
Released way back in December 2016, Microsoft’s creative-focused device has finally received an upgrade. The new Surface Studio comes with a 28-inch display, which according to Microsoft gives 50 percent improved graphic performance over the previous iteration. Xbox wireless is inbuilt as well along with compatibility to Surface Dial. Priced at $3,499, Surface Studio 2 will start shipping on the 16th of this month.
Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2
Microsoft kicked off its event with the refreshed Surface Pro 6. The laptop/tablet hybrid now comes with an upgraded Intel 8th Generation processor and a new matte black colour. Microsoft said it’ll have a battery life of up to 13.5 hours and is priced at $899 with shipping starting on 16th October.
The company also unveiled the second-generation Surface Laptop, which still retains its Alcantara fabric keyboard cover and has a 13.5-inch display. It also comes with an 8th Generation quad-core processor and is equipped with 14.5 hours of battery life. Priced at $999, Surface Laptop 2 will go on sale alongside the Surface Pro 6.
Thanks to this new Windows 10 feature, Android users will now be able to cast their smartphone screen on to their PC. It shows up in Windows as an app called Your Phone and lets you view and use any of your phone app from a Windows desktop. Microsoft has said users will also be able to transfer webpages from an iPhone to a Windows 10 desktop, using the feature. It is part of the latest Windows 10 October update, which rolled out yesterday.