At its fall hardware event on Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a slew of new Surface devices. The new Surface Book Studio, Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3, and the second-generation Surface Duo are all part of this. The new gadgets will include Windows 11 as well as other features. The following is a list of all the devices that were released today.
Surface Pro 8 by Microsoft
The Surface Pro 8 is the most powerful Surface yet, featuring a 13-inch PixelSense display, reduced bezels, adaptive colour, and a 120Hz refresh rate. It also works with the Surface Slim Pen 2, which is now housed and charged inside the new keyboard. The pen now has a little feedback that feels like a real pen while yet being quite accurate.
The larger panel will similarly run at 60Hz, with a dynamic jump to 120Hz if needed. Microsoft has also removed the USB-A port entirely, replacing it with two Thunderbolt 4 connections and a Surface Connect charging port. The Surface Pro 8 will ship with Intel Quad-Core 11th Generation CPUs and Windows 11. The Surface Pro will be available for pre-order in select markets starting today, with a starting price of $1,099.99. In limited markets, the Surface Slim Pen 2 is available for pre-order today for $129.99.
Surface Go 3 is the third version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet.
Meanwhile, the Microsoft Surface Go 3 is equipped with Intel’s 10th Generation Core CPUs. The upgraded CPUs, according to Microsoft, would make the Surface Go 3 60 percent faster than its predecessor. The Surface Go 3 is also equipped with a camera that supports Windows Hello facial recognition and runs Windows 11. Apple’s 9th generation entry-level iPad will go up against the new Surface Go 3.
The Microsoft Surface Go 3 with WiFi is available for pre-order in select markets today for $399.99. In the next months, LTE variants will be available.
Surface Duo 2 by Microsoft
The second try by Microsoft at a dual-screen phone/tablet gadget appears to be a lot more refined. On the back of the Surface Duo 2, there are three cameras: a 12MP wide sensor, a 12MP telephoto sensor, and a 16MP ultrawide sensor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, which also supports 5G, is also used in the device. Surface Duo 2 starts at $1,499.99 and is available for pre-order in select countries today in Glacier or a new Obsidian colour.
You have two distinct displays that are joined by a hinge. These open up to expose a larger display with a diagonal of 8.3 inches. This time, the displays have a 90Hz refresh rate and a small curve that allows you to see time and notifications even when the Surface Duo 2 is closed. Microsoft also says that 150 games will be optimised for the device, including Asphalt Legends 9, Modern Combat 5, and Dungeon Hunter 5, and that players will be able to use both screens, one for input and the other for output display.
Microsoft Surface Pro X is getting a makeover.
Microsoft also unveiled a new Surface Pro X, which is already available for pre-order in select areas and starts at $899.99 for the WiFi-only variant. The new Surface Pro X comes pre-installed with Windows 11 and supports 64-bit ARM software emulation, but there are no other notable modifications.
Surface Laptop Studio by Microsoft
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is the successor of the Surface Book range, and it features a new design and more processing capability. Instead of a removable display, the gadget now has a screen that pushes forward to transform it into a tablet, or Studio Mode, as Microsoft puts it. A 14.4-inch PixelSense panel with 120Hz refresh rate and Dolby Vision is now available.
The Surface Laptop Studio will be able to work in three modes: laptop, stage, and studio, thanks to a novel adjustable hinge developed by Microsoft. Users will be able to pull the display at an angle suited for playing games, watching movies, or creating designs with the Surface Slim Pen 2 in the new Stage mode. Only the trackpad remains visible. Windows 11 will also be able to recognise the laptop’s operating mode and change the user interface accordingly.
The laptop also includes 11th Gen Intel quad-core processors, an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU, four Thunderbolt 4 connections, a 1080p webcam, and a Slim Pen 2 dock that sits beneath the notebook’s front border.
As part of its attempts to minimise carbon footprints, Microsoft recently launched a new mouse that is made out of 20% recycled ocean plastic, as the name suggests. The mouse is also packaged in a 100 percent recyclable box.
Surface Adaptive Kit by Microsoft
A new Surface Adaptive Kit includes a set of keycaps, labels, indicators, and other devices that are easy to operate and identify from one another, allowing persons with impairments to use Surface machines more easily.
The kit includes keycaps and bump labels to assist customers identify critical keys on the keyboard, as well as a lanyard opener to make it simpler to draw back the Surface kickstand and put it up at a preferred angle. According to the company, it worked with people with diverse disabilities to ensure that the kit addresses a wide variety of challenges and gives simpler answers.