Today in New York Microsoft announced their broadest Surface lineup ever – with five new products coming this holiday and two new dual-screen devices, Surface Neo and Surface Duo, coming in Holiday 2020.
When Surface was started with a vision to remove the conflict between the tablet and laptop. What started as an effort to create the two-in-one evolved into a full line of products that are more versatile, more adaptable and more personal. These new products are about empowering us to be our most productive, and our most creative.
With this philosophy in mind Microsoft’s new designs to their most popular product lines with the new Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X, all available for pre-order today in select markets. Surface Laptop 3 delivers style and speed, now with a choice of a 13.5” or 15” display and new colors and finishes. Surface Pro remains the most versatile 2:1 device you can buy – whether you choose the new and improved Surface Pro 7 or the always-connected Surface Pro X, a bold new take on our iconic 2:1. Designed for comfort and rich sound with intuitive touch controls, Surface Earbuds are the perfect complement to your Surface.
They also shared their vision to bring the productivity of Surface to even smaller and more mobile form factors with Surface Neo and Surface Duo, new dual-screen devices. We’ve seen how the versatility of the 2:1 has pushed the PC category forward, and we will wait and see what dual-screen devices will do for mobile computing next year.
Surface Laptop 3
The Surface Laptop 3 will be available in two variants — a 13-inch model which will be powered by an Intel processor and a 15-inch model and powering this variant will be an AMD processor.
The 13-inch model will be powered by a Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake processor coupled with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. If you want more storage, you can also replace the SSD and add more to the new Surface Laptop 3. Microsoft added a new color option that is sandstone finish for his variant. The Alcantara fabric is optional in the 13-inch Surface Laptop 3, which many of us wanted.
The 15-inch model, on the other hand, will be powered by AMD Ryzen 7 Processor. It has support for fast charging, and if you’re interested in numbers, it can take the battery from 0 to 80 percent in an hour — that’s impressive, to say the least. The RAM and storage options are similar to those of the 13-inch model. You can replace the SSD in this variant too. The 15-inch model won’t be available with Alcantara.
Both the laptops include a USB-C port and are up for pre-order right now and will cost $999 and $1,199 respectively. The laptops will start shipping from 22nd October.
Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X
Surface Pro remains the most versatile 2:1 device you can buy – whether you choose Surface Pro 7 or the brand new ultra-mobile Surface Pro X. Redesigned from the inside out, Surface Pro 7 is now twice as fast with a 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processor, both USB-A and USB-C and an all-day battery. While Surface Pro 7 keeps the iconic design customers love and businesses rely on, Microsoft wanted to keep pushing our Pro line forward with Surface Pro X. At 5.33mm and 1.68 pounds, Surface Pro X is the thinnest, lightest, most powerful and most connected Surface Pro ever. 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, give you the feel of a vibrant 13” edge-to-edge touch screen in the chassis of a 12” device. The new Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard includes pen docking for secure storage and charging for the new Slim Pen, so it’s always ready when you need it. Surface Pro 7 starts at $749 and Surface Pro X starts at $999.
Surface Earbuds and Accessories
Featuring an ultra-comfortable and stable fit, Surface Earbuds offer intuitive touch and voice controls for music, calls and more. Experience rich, immersive Omnisonic sound, and instantly play Spotify from your Android phone with a triple tap on either earbud. Screen-free integration with Office 365 lets you access your Outlook calendar and email with your voice(in the U.S.) and even get live, on-screen captions and translations in PowerPoint. Enjoy all-day battery life with the included wireless charging case.Surface Earbuds are priced at $249.
A new era of mobile creativity – Surface Neo and Duo
With Surface Neo and Surface Duo Microsoft introduced a new category of dual-screen devices designed to help people get more done on smaller, more mobile form factors. Today, people carry PCs, tablets and phones because each device performs a specific task well. Each screen does something we need when we need it. But these devices are limited with what they can achieve when you must switch between apps on a single screen or switch between screens altogether. When that switching happens, we break our focus. We break our flow.
What if we didn’t have to switch between devices, screens or apps? What if one device had two screens to keep us in flow? A device that is small enough to easily carry with you, but feels big in terms of productivity. That was the inspiration behind creating a dual-screen device that gives you the benefit of a larger screen or the flexibility of two screens when you want to do multiple things at once. Imagine being able to take a video call on one screen and look something up on the web or view a document on another. Or simply being able to watch Netflix while doing email or chat. Switching seamlessly between tasks, without having to switch between devices.
Surface Neo and Surface Duo are optimized for the way we naturally multi-task, helping people get more done on the go.
Surface Duo is the first Surface to fit in your pocket. Surface Duo brings together the best of Microsoft productivity experiences, Android apps and Surface hardware design into a single device you can take anywhere. And, yes, it makes phone calls. It has two paper-thin 5.6-inch screens that unfold to 8.3 inches, and just like Surface Neo, it can be used in a variety of modes to let you work the way you’d like.
While we got a tease for the folding Surface TKTK, Microsoft went into a bit more depth on Windows 10X. This special OS has been designed from the ground up for foldable devices, featuring a new UX, Start Menu, Taskbar, Action Center, and more. The design is also more consistent across the board with all of these elements.
Because it will be running on foldable devices, Windows 10X is highly adaptable and modular. The shell can adjust on the fly, which will be particularly important if you’re moving from one orientation to another. Crucially, this isn’t a separate OS, however. It’s built on the same universal Windows Core OS foundation that powers things like Surface Hub 2X, HoloLens 2, and Xbox One.
Because of that shared foundation, you’ll be able to run all of the same apps that you can on Windows 10, but Windows 10X handles things a little differently. Universal Windows Platform (UWP) from the Microsoft Store will work as you’d expect, but Windows 10X can also run Win32 apps. However, Microsoft has coupled the components needed to run Win32 apps from the core system, which allows Windows 10X to tap into them only when needed and put them to sleep when not in use. This means you should see more consistent performance as the OS makes smarter use of what it needs when it needs it.
Microsoft expects Windows 10X to launch alongside foldable PCs in the holiday 2020 timeframe. The company doesn’t currently plan to offer the OS to devices that are already running Windows 10, so you’ll have to purchase a new PC running it once it’s available.
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