Microsoft dropped a one huge bomb when they announced the update to their hardware line-up. The tech giant has just unveiled the new Surface Pro 6 2-in-1 hybrid, the Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 workstation, and a new addition to their hardware family, the Surface Headphones.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
As expected, the new Surface Pro 6 will come with the new Intel 8th-Gen processors. Microsoft claims that it’s now 67% faster from its predecessor as they were able to equip it with a quad-core processor, thanks to the improved cooling system.
You can get it with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and with up to 1TB of SSD storage. The screen is at 12.3-inches, with a 2736 x 1824 pixel resolution, while the battery is expected to last for up to 13.5 hours of video playback.
Probably the most interesting update to the new Surface Pro is the new Black color option. Just by the renders itself, it already looks neat and stealthy.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
Much like the Surface Pro 6, there’s not a lot of improvements on the Surface Laptop other than the faster performance and the new Black color option.
It’s powered by an Intel 8th-Gen processor. And despite the improvements seemingly lacking, the staggering 85% performance bump from its predecessor still makes it a laptop to watch out for.
This machine can also be configured with 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of solid-state drive storage. It also has a 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 touchscreen and a battery that’s rated to last for 14.5 hours of video playback.
Microsoft Surface Studio 2
Microsoft also made some subtle, but a really substantial update to their professional workstation line-up.
Being a for-creatives machine, the Surface Studio 2 boasts a large 28-inch PixelSense touchscreen, with a resolution of 4500 x 3000 pixels, and has sRGB and DCI-P3 color coverage.
Probably the key improvements here are seen on the inside. It runs on an Intel 7th-Gen Core i7-7820HQ processor, with up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD storage.
Other than being a productivity machine, the Surface Pro 2 can now also do some gaming and VR entertainment as you can get it with either an NVIDIA GTX1060 or GTX1070 GPU.
Microsoft Surface Headphones
Other than the new computing machines, Microsoft also announced a new accessory that will pair nicely with their other products.
The new Surface Headphones has an adjustable noise-canceling feature. It also has Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant, built right in on the headphones.
You’d be hearing clear and crisp audio from its 40mm drivers. Microsoft also claims the battery last for up to 15 hours on a single charge.
Lastly, it’s compatible with Microsoft’s Swift Pair technology. This will allow the Surface Headphones to easily connect with any of your Windows machines, just like what Apple did on the AirPods.
The Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 will have a starting price of USD899 (~Php48,800) and USD999 (~Php54,200), respectively, and will be available starting October 16.
Both the Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones will come in later. The former will start at USD3,499 (~Php189,800), while the latter will be at USD350 (~Php19,000).