Microsoft held an event in the New York City where it presented a line of all new Surface products. The new set of surface laptops brought a new member to the family: Surface Headphones. While Microsoft has tried to add a new theme to the lineup, the dark mode fans will be pleased with additional new colors.
Here are the 5 biggest things Microsoft announced in the event.
Microsoft Surface Event: 5 Biggest Announcements
Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 In All Black Mode
Microsoft confirmed the leaks a few hours before the event and that worked positively for them as everyone was excited for the refreshed looks of Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2. The company started the event with Surface Pro 6, which now comes with 8th generation processor and in an all-new matte black color. The hybrid laptop cum tablet now runs up to 13.5 hours with an upgraded battery and weighs around 1.7 pounds.
Microsoft then moved onto its second generation of the last year’s Surface Laptop. The new Surface Laptop 2 came out with the same Alcantara fabric keyboard cover that did not impress Microsoft users that much last year. The Surface Laptop 2 boasts an 8th Gen quad-core processor, a 13.5-inch display, and a battery life of up to 14.5 hours.
Surface Laptop 2 is priced at $999 and Surface Pro 6 starts $899. The pre-orders will start from today and shipping will start on 16 October.
Surface Studio 2
The next refresh came to the Surface Studio 2 where Microsoft improved the display graphics by 50 percent. The 28-inch display device was yet to receive an upgrade since its release in December 2016. While you will have a look and feel similar to the previous version, the change will be a hinge converting the screen upright and flat. You will get the built-in Xbox Wireless and compatibility with Surface Dial.
Surface Studio starts at $3,499 with similar pre-order and shipping dates as of the laptops.
The new member of the Surface lineup, the new Surface Headphones, comes with built-in Cortana. The pair of over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones boasts noise-cancellation and volume dial integrated into the ear-cups. The headphones function automatically with pause and play options when you take them off your ears and put back again. With 15 hours of battery life, the light gray headphones only weigh 0.64 pounds and are fully charged in 2 hours with USB-C type charger.
Like other products, Surface Headphones will also be available for pre-order from today at $349. However, Microsoft did not specify the shipping dates stating that we can accept them in US and UK in upcoming holidays.
Surface All Access
First Xbox and now Surface lineup will also have the All Access program. The Surface users will get an option of all the accessories and Office 365 at $24.99 per month for two years. The total price will depend on the choice of the product you plan to buy but it brings ease to Windows users who plan to continue the programs on the new device by paying off the program price in installments.
Microsoft unveiled that Surface All Access program will be initially available in the US only.
Microsoft is now serious about bridging the gap between mobile and PC OS. The new app mirroring feature will let you cast your Android screen onto your Windows 10 device. The ‘Your Phone’ app running on your Android device will let you use any of your phone apps on your Windows 10 running device. The feature will also let you browse different file types of your phone on the PC with a drag and drop option to copy it in your PC.
According to Microsoft, the feature will go live for both iOS and Android with the Windows 10 October update that is arriving today.