The Microsoft Surface Event

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At the Surface event on October 2nd, Microsoft unveiled new and updated products pushing the boundaries on mobile performance, power, and productivity. This year, we have the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, and three new additions to the Surface family: Surface Pro X, Surface Neo, and Surface Duo.

Surface Laptop 3

Starting off with the Surface Laptop 3, Microsoft’s presenter, Panos, enthusiastically led the audience through a few key features. For performance, they’re powered by Intel’s new 10th gen processors, with options of either a Core i5 or a Core i7. They’re also equipped with USB Type-C for broad compatibility with current-gen devices. In terms of aesthetics, the Surface Laptop 3 features an all-aluminum chassis, complete with a slim and refined design, also available in a Sandstone finish. Many users have expressed their need for more screen real estate, so the Surface Laptop is now entering the 15” bracket. A partnership with AMD also brings Surface Edition Ryzen processor alternatives with an emphasis on GPU power for graphical work. Other improvements include a larger trackpad, fast charging support as well as no finger scoop, speaker holes, or rubber bumpers around the screen.

Microsoft 13.5" Multi-Touch Surface Laptop 3

Surface Pro 7

Similar to the Surface Laptop 3, the Surface Pro 7 also got an upgrade with Intel 10th gen CPUs and USB Type-C connectivity. The versatile 2-in-1 was shown multitasking quite effectively in combination with the power of the Surface Pen, voice commands, and their Edge browser. Additionally, Microsoft finally brought Pen compatibility to Excel, so users can now write within cells to enter data. The audience was quite happy with this one. Back to the Surface Pro 7, expect an all-day battery, Instant On, and USB Type-A connectivity, which we’re quite not ready to give up yet.

Microsoft 12.3" Multi-Touch Surface Pro 7

Surface Earbuds

Taking a segue and catching up to the wireless earbuds trend, Microsoft revealed their aptly named, Surface Earbuds. They feature omnisonic sound, directional dual-array microphones, one-click pairing, and a convenient charging case for 24-hour battery life. Their touch-compatible surface lets you skip tracks, answer calls, and navigate through PowerPoint slides if that’s your thing. They also support real-time captioning during a presentation and can even translate over 60 languages.

Surface Pro X

Pushing the Surface Pro line a bit further, the Surface Pro X puts a heavier emphasize on mobility, productivity, and speed. Specs-wise, it’s equipped with a custom Qualcomm powered Microsoft SQ1 processor, a 13” edge-to-edge PixelSense display, a removable NVMe SSD, USB Type-C ports, and optional LTE Advanced connectivity. It’s also designed to be paired with the Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard and Slim Pen. Unlike other tablet keyboards and folio-type covers, the one made for the Surface Pro X has an integrated Surface Pen slot, much reminiscent of a pencil pouch, for a complete, easy-to-carry package.

Surface Neo & Surface Duo

While not available until next holiday 2020, the Surface Neo and Surface Duo had a few audience members doing a double take. Featuring two screens and a book-like form factor, the Surface Neo was designed for uninterrupted flow. It’s proven that dual screens improve productivity and multitasking, so Microsoft did just that with a more mobile device.

Oh yeah, it also has 360-degree hinges, so you can fold it back-to-back. Slap on its magnetic keyboard, and now it’s a laptop. The Surface Pen attaches magnetically too. With a lower keyboard positioning, the top half of the second screen becomes a “WonderBar,” to display additional windows with full-touch support.

Then by sliding the keyboard up, users will have a familiar trackpad to navigate with. Screen rotations, app splitting, and much more, all designed to work intuitively thanks to Windows 10X, a new operating system built for dual screen devices.

If that wasn’t enough to wow the crowd, Microsoft had to go and show off the Surface phone, otherwise known as the Surface Duo. This Android-powered dual screen phone, to say the least, features a similar design as the Neo, but with a smaller form factor.

With its versatile hinge and two screens, I can’t help but think back to the old Sidekick days. Anyway, expect it to do nearly everything a Surface can do: text, write, draw – while fitting in your pocket.

With these new Surface products, Microsoft is making moves. Interested in just how well these dual screen devices will work in your hands? We are too. Share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below.

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