August 13, 2022
Surface Pro 8 to Surface Laptop Studio and Surface Duo 2: How Microsoft is trying to compete with Apple and Samsung


Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Duo 2 and Surface Go 3 were some of the new devices that Microsoft introduced earlier this week. While these devices were mostly featured as successors to the previous generation Surface models, the Redmond company brought some unique elements to them that make them work better than their predecessors. In particular, the Surface Laptop Studio attracted attention at launch for its distinctive design as opposed to traditional 2-in-1 devices. Microsoft also provided the necessary updates for the Surface Duo 2 — including faster, new-generation Qualcomm processors to compete against the likes of Apple and Samsung — along with triple rear cameras and an improved display.

This week on the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, review editor Jamshed Avari and I — Orbital creator Jagmeet Singh — join host Akhil Arora to talk about what makes all these new Surface devices so interesting.

The discussion starts with the Surface Pro 8 which is the successor to the Surface Pro 7 and has the new Intel Core processors and is based on the Intel Evo design. The tablet also includes a 120Hz display with Adaptive Color Technology and support for Dolby Vision.

The Surface Pro 8 price starts at $1,099 (approximately Rs 81,200), which is higher than the Surface Pro 7 which started at $749 (approximately Rs 55,300). Microsoft also hasn’t made any significant design-level changes to the new model.

Surface Pro 7 was launched in India at a base price of Rs. 72,999. However, Microsoft is yet to reveal the India pricing of the Surface Pro 8.

Unlike the Surface Pro 8, the new lineup features the Surface Laptop Studio with an all-new design called “evolution of the Surface Book”. It can serve as a tablet, laptop or canvas – thanks to the Dynamic Wave Hinge.

Surface Laptop Studio is targeted at developers, creative professionals, designers, and gamers looking for a niche machine and not a traditional laptop or tablet. It comes with a starting price of $1,599 (roughly Rs. 1,18,000) which is the same as the Surface Book 3. The latter arrived in India at a starting price of Rs. 156,299.

Microsoft also brought the Surface Duo 2 as an answer to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. The new Surface Duo has all the cool things that were missing in the original model – including triple rear cameras on one and the top of the top. -Line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC against Snapdragon 855. The new dual-screen phone also comes with 5G support and runs on Android 11.

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Image 1 Microsoft Surface Duo 2

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 comes with a list of improvements compared to its predecessor
photo credit: microsoft

Since Microsoft chose to go with a two-screen design instead of a single foldable display, the Surface Duo 2 appears more durable than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, although Samsung has improved in that direction with its foldables. Microsoft also has strong developer partnerships and this could help bring new experiences to the Surface Duo 2 over time.

The Surface Duo 2 price starts at $1,499 (approximately Rs 1,10,700), which is $100 (approximately Rs 7,400) more than the Surface Duo, which launched at a starting price of $1,399 (approximately Rs 1,03,300). went. The previous version didn’t make it to India, and there’s still no word on whether we might see its successor anytime soon.

At the event, Microsoft also announced its partnership with game developers to bring you 150 optimized games for the dual-screen setup. The company has also named Asphalt Legends 9, Modern Combat 5 and Dungeon Hunter 5 as three popular games that are specially optimized for the new phone.

We also touch on the Surface Go 3 which hasn’t changed much if you’ve seen the Surface Go 2 before. It comes with the new Intel Core processor – the top-end variant has a 10th generation Intel Core chip, which is claimed to deliver 60 percent faster performance than the previous Surface Go variant.

The starting price of Surface Go 3 is $399 (approximately Rs 29,500). This is exactly what we did last year for the Surface Go 2. The previous model came to India at a starting price of Rs. 47,599.

Of course, most of the refreshed Surface offerings are designed to help project key features of Windows 11. But models like the Surface Duo 2 could emerge as a reference model for other manufacturers as well.

We talk about how viable the new Surface lineup is when compared to the latest hardware from companies including Apple and Samsung. The discussion also revolves around India’s vision of the new Microsoft devices.

You can listen to our full Orbital episode on the 2021 Surface Family by pressing the Play button on the Spotify player above.

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