At Microsoft's October 2019 event, the company unveiled a large range of new Surface devices, spearheaded by the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7.
Microsoft also had some surprises in store as well, such as the Surface Neo – a dual-screen device that could prove to be revolutionary.
Surface Laptop 3
This traditional form-factor PC now comes in both 13-inch and 15-inch sizes and packs the latest hardware from both Intel and AMD.
Now, the 13-inch Surface Laptop 3 comes with the latest 10th-generation quad-core processors from Intel. However, the 15-inch model comes with a custom AMD Ryzen 7 processor, or as Microsoft called it “Ryzen 7 Surface Edition”. This CPU is paired with AMD Vega graphics to deliver the fastest graphics performance in its weight class.
There are also changes to the chassis. USB-C is finally on the Surface Laptop 3 accompanying the proprietary Surface Connect port. The trackpad is now 20% larger to ensure best-in-class experience. Whilst, a new aluminum finish ensures the Surface Laptop 3 aesthetically stands out.
Surface Pro 7
The iconic Surface 2-in-1 is faster and more versatile than ever before with USB-A and USB-C, powered by Intel’s 10th generation core processor.
There are other improvements also. The Surface Pen, can now make in-line edits in Microsoft Word, and Studio mics for the Surface Pro 7 make for better voice commands.
These true wireless earbuds pack what Microsoft calls “Omnisonic sound” and comes packed with a charging case and will have One-Click pairing to the desktop.
It features some unique features like Office 365 integration, and will translate PowerPoint presentations in over 60 languages.
There is no need to worry about it running out of battery, either, as it has 24 hours of battery life.
Furthermore, they’re compatible with Android, where you can use touch controls to launch certain music apps.
Surface Pro X
This is a complete new product launch by Microsoft Surface. This is one of the thinnest products in Microsoft’s lineup, measuring just 5.3mm, making for an extremely portable device.
And, that portability isn’t just for portability’s sake. This is a device designed to be the user’s constant companion, thanks to the new MSFT SQ1 processor that powers the Surface Pro X. This is a Snapdragon processor on the ARM platform, which means that this thing has LTE connectivity and just 7W of power draw.
It has the signature Microsoft Surface design and an edge-to-edge PixelSense display that comes in at a 2,880 x 1,920 resolution. And, with a 1,400:1 contrast ratio, users will never want to take their eyes away.
The Surface Pro X has Full Windows 10 support which means users will be free to carry this around unfettered by WiFi connections and won’t be locked down by the operating system, either.
Microsoft also revealed a new Surface Slim Pen, which should be a much better companion for a device like the Surface Pro X. The Pen gets docked just beneath the display on the new Type Cover, and when it’s there it will constantly recharge, so users don’t have to fret about how much battery it has.
The new Surface Pro X has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, which should be excellent news for any artists on the go.
Adobe came on stage to show off what it can do, unveiling the new Adobe Fresco app, a new program for painting and drawing. This app attempts to recreate what it feels like to paint with specific brushes and pencils.
Surface Neo and Duo
Microsoft also unveiled the Surface Neo and the Surface Duo which will act as a foldable tablet and foldable phone. Although, these products are not set to be released until later in 2020.
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