Microsoft’s latest event on October 2nd revealed 6 new devices. Laptops, phones, multi screen tablets, and ear buds were all announced. How does this line-up stack up against the competition? Which Surface device should you get? We have it all covered below.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
Releases 21 October 2019 | Starting from £999
Microsoft announced the third iteration of their Surface laptop, the more traditional looking and feeling computer in their line-up. This new version addresses several complaints about the previous model. It has several colour options, different screen sizes, and offers a wide range of specs to choose from. Highlights include:
- 13.5 inch touchscreen display
- 10th-gen Intel Core processor
- 15 inch touchscreen display
- AMD Ryzen Surface Edition processor
- 11.5 hours of battery life
- Full 1.33mm key travel
- Glass trackpad that’s 20 percent larger
- USB-A, USB-C, and Fast Charging
- Improved front-facing cameras
- OmniSonic speakers
- Dual far-field Studio Mics
With all the specs, upgrades, and potential for high performing processors with up to 32GB of ram in the larger model, this laptop will certainly compete with Apple’s MacBook for a sleek and portable productivity device. This looks like a very attractive offering, and will worth a consideration for anyone looking for a good amount of power and portability in a nice looking package.
More information and specs at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/surface-laptop-3/8VFGGH1R94TM/QMSR?activetab=overview
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Releases 21 October 2019 | Starting from £799
The updated version of the basic Surface was also announced. On it’s 7th iteration, this now familiar looking device comes with several upgrades:
- 12.3 inch touch screen display
- 10-gen Intel Core processor
- 10.5 hours of battery life
- USB-A and USB-C connections
- Only 1.70 lbs
This device is certainly a welcome upgrade, keeping it competitive with current offerings from competitors. If you’re looking for an upgrade or a new device and like the form factor of the Surface, this would be a good way to go. If you’re happy with your current Surface or laptop there is no need to jump at this device.
More information and specs at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/surface-pro-7/8N17J0M5ZZQS/T4NK?activetab=overview
Microsoft Surface Pro X
Releases 18 November 2019 | Starting from £999
Microsoft has come out with a device to compete with Apple’s popular iPad Pro. This sleek device has an edge to edge screen and is ultra thin. It even comes with a little cubby for a stylus on the keyboard. They say it’s perfect for mobility, creativity, and streaming your favorite shows. They highlighted the following specs:
- 13 inch edge to edge screen
- 13 hours of battery life
- Their thinnest 2-in-1 laptop in their offering
- 1.7 lbs
- Microsoft SQ1 processor
- Codesigned with Qualcomm
- 2 teraflops of graphics processing power
- Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard and new Slim Pen
- Signature Keyboard offers pen docking for the Slim Pen
- Gigabit LTE supported, perfect for on the go
This very modern looking device can be packed with 16GB of ram and has removable solid state storage for upgradability. It looks to be a great portable device and brings Microsoft into the game of thin and light ultra powerful tablets. This will be a very tempting offering for anyone considering and iPad Pro especially because of it’s full Windows OS and upgradable storage.
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Which one to choose
If you absolutely need the lightest and slimmest device around, the Surface Pro X is going to be a great choice, especially if you like the option of using a stylus. If you want a more traditional laptop experience that still packs some power, the new Surface Laptop 3 is going to be a great choice. If you just need a basic laptop for email, web browsing, and light computer usage the Surface Pro 7 is more suitable, however there are lots of other options from other companies at cheaper prices.
Microsoft Surface Earbuds
Releases Late 2019 | Starting from £200
Microsoft already has the surprisingly comfortable, and great sounding surface headphones, so moving into the wireless earbuds game seem like a logical choice. These upcoming buds will have:
- Touch and voice control for music and calls
- Screen-free integration with Office 365
- Access your Outlook calendar and email with your voice
- Use as a remote to advance powerpoint slides
- All day battery life claims
- Wireless charging case
These arrive in a sea of other earbuds, especially with recent releases from competitors like Amazon. At a hefty price, these buds better sound great and offer great battery life to compete.
Microsoft Surface Neo
Releases holiday season 2020 | Price not yet announced
A never before seen product from Microsoft was it’s Surface Neo. This product is probably meant to compete with many other dual screen laptops that have started entering the market.
Running Windows 10X, a new light weight and simplified version of Windows 10
- 360-degree hinge
- Two 9-inch screens
- Open up to a full-size 13-inch display
- Microsoft said it’s built for productivity and multitasking like a PC
- Works with the Surface Pen and a Bluetooth mouse
With other dual screen laptop offerings like the Zenbook Pro Duo from Asus, it will be interesting to see how this stacks up, especially with it’s new version of Windows.
More info here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/devices/surface-neo
Microsoft Surface Duo
Releases holiday season 2020 | Price not yet announced
Microsoft isn’t out of the phone game yet! This highly anticipated announcement will no longer run Windows phone, but a skinned version of Android. Highlighted features include:
- It’s a dual-screen phone
- Built using Android
- Two 5.6-inch screens
- Unfold to 8.3 inches
With dual screen phones becoming more and more of a buzzword, we’ll see how this device stacks up. With both screens on the inside will it be a useful product to use on the go? How will the Microsoft skinned version of Android compare with others like Google’s stock OS on their pixel phones or Oxygen OS from OnePlus.