Microsoft hosted its hardware-focused event on Wednesday, where it unveiled the new Surface range of devices including the Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro 8 and Surface Go 3 — all running Windows 11 out-of-the-box. The event also brought the anticipated Surface Duo 2 dual-screen phone which is the successor to the earlier Surface Duo. Additionally, Microsoft launched its new accessories, the Surface Slim Pen 2, Surface Adaptive Kit, Ocean Plastic Mouse and Microsoft Modern USB-C Headset. The existing Surface Pro 7+ and Surface Pro X also received updates to reach new customers.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3, Surface Duo 2 Price
The price of Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio starts at $1,599 (approximately Rs. 1,18,000). This is similar to the launch price of the Surface Book 3, which debuted as a 2-in-1 device from Microsoft last year. The Surface Pro 8, on the other hand, starts at $1,099 (roughly Rs. 81,100). It comes as the successor to the Surface Pro 7 that was launched in 2019 with a starting price of $749 (roughly Rs. 55,200). The Surface Go 3 price starts at $399 (roughly Rs. 29,400), which is the same as we are. Last year was seen with Surface Go 2. Also, the starting price of Surface Duo 2 is $1,499 (roughly Rs. 1,10,600). This is $100 (approximately Rs 7,400) higher than the initial launch price of the original Surface Duo, which started at $1,399 (approximately Rs 1,03,200).
Along with the new devices, the Surface Pro 7+ is now coming to the consumer channel with a starting price of $799 (roughly Rs. 59,000) – an upgrade over its earlier commercial-only offering. The Surface Pro X also gets a new Wi-Fi only option that starts at $899 (roughly Rs. 66,300). The LTE variant of the Surface Pro X arrived in 2019 with a starting price of $999 (approximately Rs 73,700).
In terms of accessories, the Surface Slim Pen 2 costs $129.99 (approximately Rs 9,600), Surface Adaptive Kit for $9.99 (approximately Rs 700), Ocean Plastic Mouse at $24.99 (approximately Rs 1,800) and Microsoft Modern USB-C. Is. Headset at $54.99 (approx Rs 4,100).
On the availability front, Microsoft said at the event that its new devices will go on sale from October 5 – coinciding with the release of Windows 11. We can definitely expect some delay in the availability of the new devices in India as the official sale date is for the US and some other developed markets where pre-orders for the devices have already started.
The product listings on the Microsoft India site at the time of filing this story were: show That the Surface Laptop Studio and Surface Pro 8 will arrive in early 2022, while the Surface Go 3 was tagged with a “coming soon” banner. Details about the India launch of the Surface Duo 2 are yet to be revealed.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Specifications, Features:
One of the biggest announcements was the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio at the Microsoft event on Wednesday. The new device is designed as an “evolution of the Surface Book” and is said to be “built on the legacy of both the Surface Book and Surface Studio”. The device is targeted at developers, creative professionals, designers and gamers who want a creative studio with the portability of a laptop. The Surface Laptop Studio sports a 14.4-inch PixelSense display with touch support coupled to a dynamic wave hinge, allowing the display to rotate through multiple angles. The hinge allows the device to be transformed from a traditional notebook to a tablet or canvas. However, the display is non-detachable – unlike the Surface Book 3 where you can pull up the screen with the keyboard and use it as a tablet.
Microsoft has offered three different modes on the Surface Laptop Studio. The first is a laptop mode in which you are provided with a full keyboard and touchpad for a regular notebook-like experience. However, you can take the display into stage mode. This comes after pulling the display forward at an angle where the keyboard is covered but the touchpad is exposed to allow for gaming, streaming, docking, and presentations in an immersive manner. The third mode is called Studio Mode where you can move the display on top of the keyboard to use it like a canvas or to write notes.
The Surface Laptop Studio also includes an area under the keyboard where you can place the Surface Slim Pen 2 that attaches magnetically and charges when not in use.
Under the hood, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is powered by an 11th-generation Intel Core H35 processor as well as an Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU. The device also includes a studio microphone and 1080p webcam for enhanced video conferencing experience. In addition, the Surface Laptop Studio’s touchpad also includes haptic feedback.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 Specifications, Features
The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is essentially Microsoft’s 2-in-1 flagship this year because the Surface Laptop Studio doesn’t allow users to detach its display from the keyboard. Surface Pro 8 comes with a 13-inch PixelSense display with touch support and 120Hz refresh rate. It also supports Adaptive Color Technology which is designed to adjust the color output on the display according to the ambient environment. The Surface Pro 8 also includes support for Dolby Vision display technology and Dolby Atmos sound.
For video chat, the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 has a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The tablet also includes a 10-megapixel 4K rear camera.
Microsoft claims that the Surface Pro 8 is twice as fast as the Surface Pro 7 – thanks to the 11th generation Intel Core processors. The 2-in-1 device is also built on the Intel Evo platform which is specifically meant for premium, ultra-slim devices.
The Surface Pro 8 also includes two Thunderbolt 4 ports and supports a new Surface Pro Signature keyboard as an optional accessory. The new keyboard includes storage and charging support for the Surface Slim Pen 2 – just like the Surface Pro X. Furthermore, the Surface Pro 8 is rated to offer up to 16 hours of battery life on a single charge.
Microsoft Surface Go 3 Specifications, Features
For consumers who don’t want to spend much on the Surface Pro 8, Microsoft has the Surface Go 3 as an affordable 2-in-1 alternative. The new Surface Go model is very similar to its predecessor in terms of design. However, Microsoft claims that it is 60 percent faster than the earlier model with Intel Core i3 processor. There is also optional LTE Advanced support for better connectivity on the go.
The Surface Go 3 sports a 10.5-inch touch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and has 1080p cameras at the front and back. It also includes Dolby Audio and studio microphones. Microsoft also claims that the Surface Go 3 has been designed to offer all-day battery life.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Specifications, Features
The last big announcement at Microsoft’s hardware event this year was the Surface Duo 2. The new dual-screen phone from the Redmond company comes with a list of improvements over the original Surface Duo which was like a concept in the market. However, there are not many changes at the design level.
Running Android 11 out-of-the-box, the Surface Duo 2 features two 5.8-inch PixelSense displays that make for a larger 8.3-inch viewing experience when the device is unfolded. There’s also a glance bar that lets you check all notifications when the phone is folded. You can check the battery level while charging via the glance bar – without having to open the phone. Under the hood, there is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, which is a significant upgrade over the Snapdragon 855 powering the first-generation Surface Duo.
The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 also packs a triple rear camera setup that includes a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, an f/1.7 wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS). and a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 telephoto lens and OIS support. It is an upgrade over the single rear camera available on the base model. The rear camera setup is also accompanied by a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor and an LED flash. Additionally, the Surface Duo 2 packs a 12-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front.
Connectivity options on the Surface Duo 2 include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC and a USB Type-C port. The phone also comes with a dedicated cover that can be attached to the Surface Slim Pen for a better user experience. In addition, the Surface Duo 2 includes a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The dual-screen form factor of the Surface Duo 2 is designed to run two apps simultaneously. Microsoft also claimed that it has worked with developers and game studios to bring 150 optimized games for the dual-screen setup. These games include Asphalt Legends 9, Modern Combat 5 and Dungeon Hunter 5.
Microsoft will bring the Surface Duo 2 in Glacier and Obsidian color options.
Microsoft Surface Pro X Specifications, Features
The new Microsoft Surface Pro X is based on the same Microsoft SQ2 silicon that was powering the previously launched model. However, it brings only Wi-Fi connectivity over integrated LTE to deliver the earlier experience with some affordability. It is claimed to come with all-day battery life and offer Windows 11 out-of-the-box.
Microsoft Surface Slim Pen 2, Surface Adaptive Kit, Ocean Plastic Mouse, Modern USB-C Headset Description:
The Microsoft Surface Slim Pen 2 is an optional accessory designed to take the Surface Laptop Studio and Surface Pro 8 experience to new levels. The stylus is powered by a custom-designed Microsoft G6 chip and includes a digital ink that is meant to provide tactile feedback when drawing and writing on the screen. Microsoft claims it has improved haptics and interaction feedback by using digital ink on the new Surface Slim Pen to give users the feel of pen on paper. The stylus can be stored and charged magnetically.
Another interesting accessory that Microsoft unveiled at the virtual event was the Surface Adaptive Kit which is specially designed for different people who want to use Surface devices. This includes stickers that can be attached to keyboards, cables and even Surface laptop and tablet lids to enhance their ease of use – especially for those with low vision, blindness and/or limited power.
Microsoft also brought the Ocean Plastic Mouse as a wireless accessory for computing users. It is claimed to be 20 percent recycled and contains plastics that came from oceans and beaches. The device also comes in a plastic-free, recyclable packaging.
The event’s final accessory is the Microsoft Modern USB-C headset certified for Microsoft Teams and designed with a lightweight build to enable hours of audio and video calling. This includes dedicated meeting controls and USB Type-C connectivity.