The biggest announcements, live from Microsoft’s 2019 Surface event
Microsoft’s annual Surface event is underway, and so far it has announced the new Surface Pro X, Surface Earbuds, the Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Laptop 3, the latter of which is now available in two sizes. We expect the rest of this event to be jam-packed with other new products and news of software updates, so stay tuned.
Check out our live blog to see photos and insights live from the event. If you’re catching up, we’re adding the top headlines and takeaways below.
Microsoft announced the Surface Pro X, a 13-inch 2-in-1 that takes the basic formula of the Surface tablet and refines it. The bezels are smaller, it runs Windows 10, and the Type Cover seems to have been re-engineered, with a dedicated spot for the Surface Pen.
It’s powered by Microsoft’s custom SQ1 chipset, which is ARM-based and allows for LTE connectivity. Microsoft says that it has three times the amount of performance per watt than the Surface Pro 6. The GPU apparently pushes over 2 teraflops, which my colleague Tom Warren says is roughly equivalent to what the Xbox One is capable of.
Microsoft introduced Surface Earbuds, a set of truly wireless headphones that offer up to 24 hours of battery life with its charging case. These feature what it calls omnisonic sound, and a directional dual-array microphone. They feature standard headphone controls, like skipping songs by tapping on the sides. But, they also have tight Office integration, surprisingly, like being able to advance slides in PowerPoint.
They’ll be available later this year for $249.
Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge
The latest iteration of Microsoft’s tablet-meets-laptop gets a big upgrade this year. It charges via USB-C instead of the proprietary Surface Connector the company has used with most of its previous Surface computers. The Surface Pro 7 also has Intel’s 10th Gen processor.
It’s available for pre-order starting today and the base model costs $749
The next iteration of the Surface Laptop will be available in 13- and 15-inch models. It will arrive with Intel 10th Gen quad-core Ice Lake processors with Iris Plus graphics, and Microsoft says that this product is three times faster than Apple’s current MacBook Air. Microsoft worked with AMD to co-engineer the new Ryzen “Surface Edition” processor in its 15-inch Surface Laptop 3. Microsoft says this processor brings the “fastest graphics performance” of any laptop in its class. Both processors allow this device
Notably, Microsoft will be offering an option without the Alcantara fabric laid over the keyboard area, which will allow it to more easily be repaired — a big issue for previous versions of this device. Its trackpad is 20 percent bigger than the one found on the Surface Laptop 2.
Both sizes are available for pre-order now, starting at $999 for the 13-inch model, and $1,199 for the 15-inch model.
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