Yesterday, Microsoft announced updates to multiple devices in its Surface line and introduced a new peripheral: the Surface Headphones. The updated devices include the Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2, and Surface Pro 6.
Surface Pro 6
The updated Surface Pro 6 is powered by the latest 8th-gen Intel Quad Core processor and is 67 percent faster than the Surface Pro 5. Even with the increased power, Microsoft says the Surface Pro 6 will still provide all-day battery life. The updated version features Microsoft’s 12.3″ PixelsSense Touch Display and in addition to the traditional silver, also comes in black.
Features and specifications of the Surface Pro 6 include 128, 256, 512GB, or 1TB SSD options, an i5 or i7 Intel Core 8th Gen SoC, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB or 16GB RAM, and a resolution of 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI).
The Surface Pro 6 starts at $899USD and will be available starting October 16th.
Surface Laptop 2
Also powered by a Quad Core 8th generation Intel processor, the Surface Laptop 2 boasts an 85 percent speed increase over the original Surface Laptop. It will be available in four colours, features a 13.5″ PixelSense Touch Display, Alcantara covered keyboard, and boasts 14.5 hours of battery life.
The Surface Laptop 2 features Intel Core 8th-gen i5 or i7 processor, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8 or 16GB of RAM, and 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD options.
The Surface Laptop 2 starts at $999USD and will be available starting October 16th.
Surface Studio 2
Designed for creators, the Surface Studio 2 offers up next-gen Pascal graphics and a 50 percent faster GPU than the original Surface Studio. In addition, its 28-inch PixelSense Display is 38% brighter and offers 22% more contrast than the original.
The Surface Studio 2 is available in three configurations, all with an Intel Core i7 processor: 1TB SSD with 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD with 32GB RAM, and 2TB SSD with 32GB of RAM.
The Surface Studio 2 retails for $3,499, $4,199, and $4,799USD and is set to ship by November 15th.
Finally, the Surface Headphones are a new addition to the Surface family. With 13 levels of ambient noise control, the Surface Headphones also feature 2 beam-forming microphones on each ear cup for a total of 8 microphones. In the U.S., Cortana will be built in, enabling you to activate and utilize the voice assistant easily whether you are connected to a Surface device or another Bluetooth enabled device. Volume and noise cancellation levels are easily adjustable via the on-ear dials.
Specifications of the Surface Headphones include:
- Frequency response: 20 – 20kHz
- Noise cancellation
- Up to 30 dB for active noise cancellation
- Up to 40 dB for passive noise cancellation
- Speaker: 40 mm Free Edge driver
- Sound pressure level output
- Up to 115 dB (1kHz, 1Vrms via cable connector with power on)
- Up to 115 dB (1kHz, 0dBFS over Bluetooth connection)
- Charging: Full charge in less than 2 hours
- Battery life: Up to 15 hours (with music playback over Bluetooth, ANC on, hands-free Cortana enabled)
- USB cord length: 1.5 m
- Audio cable length: 1.2 m
- Inputs: USB-C connector, 3.5 mm audio connector
- Compatibility: Windows 10, iOS, Android, MacOS
- Buttons/controls: Power button, Mute button, Volume dial (right ear), Noise Cancellation dial (left ear)
- Length: 8.03” (204 mm)
- Width: 7.68” (195 mm)
- Depth: 1.89” (48 mm)
- Weight 0.64 lbs
The Surface Headphones will cost $350USD at launch.
The Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and Surface Studio 2 are available for pre-order in select markets with the Surface Headphones being made available in the U.S. and U.K. in time for the holidays.
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