At their Surface Event in New York, Microsoft took the wraps off the latest Surface products including the Surface Neo, Surface Duo and many more.
Surface Neo and Surface Duo
The Surface Neo and Surface Duo are Microsoft’s first foray into foldable devices.
The Surface Neo is a dual-screen device with a 360-degree full-friction hinge that combines two 9-inch screens to make a 13-inch display. The company says the Neo has the thinnest LCD display in it’s class.
Like other Surface devices, the Surface Neo works with the Surface Pen. It’s running a special version of Windows 10 called Windows 10X that was designed for foldable devices in mind.
The Surface Duo is smaller than the Neo and has two paper-thin 5.6-inch screen that combines together make up an 8.3-inch display. The Duo is much more portable and can easily fit in your pocket.
The Duo is running Android instead of Windows 10X.
Both the Surface Duo and Surface Neo are set to launch by Holiday 2020.
Microsoft is working with OEMs such as Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo to create foldable devices running Windows 10X.
Surface Laptop 3
Microsoft has updated its Surface Laptop line with the new Surface Laptop 3. The device now comes in a 13.5-inch and 15-inch touchscreen option with the same PixelSense Display technology as before.
The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 is running the 10th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with Intel Iris Graphics 950. While the 15-inch model uses AMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 chips with AMD Radeon 9 or 11 Graphics.
The commercial version of the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 can be optioned with 10th Gen Intel chips.
Both laptops offer up to 11.5 hours of battery life and there’s Fast Charging to get you 80% battery life in one hour. There’s also Windows Hello login support.
For storage options, there’s 128, 256, 512 or 1TB SSD and up to 16GB of RAM for the 13.5-inch and only up to 512GB SSD and 32GB of RAM on the 15-inch but the M.2 NVME SSD is removable.
The laptops also come in new colours including Sandstone in addition to Matte Black, Cobolt Blue and Platinum. There’s also a new metal keyboard style in addition to Alcantara
The ports include 1 USB-C, 1 USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack and a Surface Connect port. As with most Surface products, the Surface Laptop 3 is compatible with the Surface Pen and offers 4096 levels of pressure.
The Surface Laptop 3 13″ starts at $1,349 CAD ($999 USD) and the Surface Laptop 3 15″ starts $1,599 CAD ($1,199 USD).
Canadian pricing is as follows for the Surface Laptop 3 13.5″.
- Intel Core i5 (10th Gen): 8GB,128GB Storage SSD – $1,349 CAD ($999 USD)
- Intel Core i5 (10th Gen): 8GB, 256GB Storage SSD – $1,729 CAD ($1,299 USD)
- Intel Core i7 (10th Gen): 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage SSD – $2,149 CAD ($1,599 USD)
- Intel Core i7 (10th Gen): 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage SSD – $2,689 CAD ($1,999 USD)
- Intel Core i7 (10th Gen): 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage SSD – $3,229 CAD ($2,399 USD)
And here’s the pricing for the 15-inch model of the Surface Laptop 3.
- AMD Ryzen 5 3580U: 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD – $1,599 CAD
- AMD Ryzen 5 3580U: 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD – $1,999 CAD
- AMD Ryzen 5 3580U: 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD – $2,269 CAD
- AMD Ryzen 7 3780U: 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD – $1,699 USD
- AMD Ryzen 7 3780U: 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD – $2,809 CAD
- AMD Ryzen 7 3780U: 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD – $3,569 CAD
Surface Pro 7
The Surface Pro 7 has now been updated with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM and up to a 1TB SSD.
The Surface Pro 7 supports Wi-Fi 6, offers up to 10.5 hours of battery life with Fast Charging to get you 80% in one hour. There’s also Windows Hello login support.
For ports on the Surface Pro 7, it has a USB-A, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect, MicroSD card reader and a Surface Type Cover.
The Surface Pro 7 starts at $749 USD and starts shipping on October 22nd.
Canadian pricing for the Surface Pro 7 is as follows:
- Intel Core i3 (10th Gen): 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD – $999 CAD ($749 USD)
- Intel Core i5 (10th Gen): 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD – $1,199 CAD ($899 USD)
- Intel Core i5 (10th Gen): 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD – $1,599 CAD ($1,199 USD)
- Intel Core i5 (10th Gen): 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD – $1,879 CAD ($1,399 USD)
- Intel Core i7 (10th Gen): 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD – $2,019 CAD ($1,499 USD)
- Intel Core i7 (10th Gen): 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD – $2,559 CAD ($1,899 USD)
- Intel Core i7 (10th Gen): 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD – $3,069 CAD ($2,299 USD)
Pre-orders for the Surface Pro 7 are available now from the Microsoft Store.
Surface Pro X
The Surface Pro X is “the thinnest Surface yet”, at just 7.3mm thin. It has a 13-inch PixelSense touch Display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
Powering the Surface Pro X is the custom ARM-based Microsoft SQ1 chip with the Adreno 685 iGPU and up to 16GB of RAM. It comes with up to a 512GB SSD that is removable.
You can expect up to 13 hours of battery life on the Surface Pro X along with Fast Charging for 80% battery in one hour. There’s Windows Hello login support.
Ports include 2 USB-C, Surface Connect and Surface Keyboard connector port.
The Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard has a version of the Surface Pen called the Surface Slim Pen that is stored securely and recharges in the keyboard cover.
The Surface Slim Pen will work with existing devices including the Surface Pro 5, Surface Pro 6, Surface Pro 7, Surface Book 2 (13 and 15-inch models), Surface Go, Studface Studio and Surface Studio 2 via a future firmware update.
The pen is up for pre-order now from the Microsoft Storey for $179 CAD and starts shipping on November 5th.
Canadian pricing for the Surface Pro X is as follows:
- 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage – $1,349 CAD
- 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage – $1,749 CAD
- 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage – $2,019 CAD
- 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage – $2,349 CAD
Following the Surface Headphones, the company has introduced the Surface Earbuds. These are premium true wireless earbuds that use Omnisonic sound for an immersive experience.
The earbuds seamlessly integrate with Office 365, so you can keep track of your Outlook calendar, listen and reply to emails and talk to Cortana or your favourite voice assistant.
The Surface Earbuds offer up to 8 hours of battery life on a single charge and 24 hours with the charging case. A 10-minute charge (vis USB-C) will get you one hour of battery life.
The earbuds are IPX4 waterproof and work with Android, iOS and Windows 10 devices.
The Surface Earbuds costs $249 USD and Canadian pricing is to be confirmed. They are set to launch in Spring 2020.