At Microsoft’s October 2019 Event, the company unveiled a large range of new Surface devices. A lot of its new devices were leaked before the official reveal, and as expected, Microsoft launched a whole suite of Microsoft 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
The first thing that showed up is the Surface Laptop 3, the latest generation of Microsoft’s massively popular Surface Laptop. 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, just as we’d expect it to. 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 apparently deliver the fastest graphics performance in its weight class.
But, what might be more important to some people is the changes to the chassis. USB-C is finally on the Surface Laptop 3, even if the proprietary Surface Connect port is still there. You’re also getting a larger trackpad – 20% larger to be exact. And, with a new aluminum finish, the Surface Laptop 3 is absolutely beautiful.
The best part, though? The top of the laptop is removable, so the laptop can be serviced. Microsoft did make it pretty clear that this is only to be done by professionals, however.
The Surface Laptop 3 is available to preorder today, and will be out on October 22. The 13-inch Surface Laptop 3 will start at $999, while you’ll pay $1,199 for the 15-inch model.
Surface Pro 7
And, of course, we’re getting a new Surface Pro. The Surface Pro 7 wasn’t graced with as many details as the Surface Laptop 3, but we do know that USB-C is finally here. However, it’s still using that annoying Surface Connect port.
The Surface Pro 7 does bring some improvements to the table, however. Now, with the Surface Pen, you can make in-line edits in Microsoft Word, and Studio mics for the Surface Pro 7 make for better voice commands.
That’s about all we know right now as far as what the Surface Pro 7 can do, but we expect we’ll know the hardware underneath the pretty exterior very soon, and we’ll update this article as soon as we know more.
Until then, you can preorder the Surface Pro 7 today, and it will hit store shelves on October 22. It will start at $749, but we expect higher-specced models will be much more expensive.
It seems like every tech company is coming out with smart earbuds right now, and apparently Microsoft wants in on the action. Enter the Surface Earbuds.
These true wireless earbuds pack what Microsoft calls “Omnisonic sound” and comes packed with a charging case. And, unlike Windows 10’s weird issues with Bluetooth, these Surface Buds will have One-Click pairing to the desktop.
And, because it’s a Microsoft device, it features some unique features like Office 365 integration, and will translate PowerPoint presentations in over 60 languages. You don’t even have to worry about it running out of battery, either, as it has 24 hours of battery life.
Even if you don’t have a Windows 10 machine, you can use the Surface Earbuds, as they’re compatible with Android, where you can use touch controls to launch certain music apps.
The Surface Earbuds will be available this holiday season, starting at $249 – just in time for the Black Friday shopping rush.
Surface Pro X
Now for something completely different: the Surface Pro X. 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 your constant companion, thanks to the new MSFT SQ1 processor that powers the Surface Pro X. This is a Snapdragon processor on the ARM platform, like the rumors were suggesting, which means that this thing has LTE connectivity and just 7W of power draw. We don’t know what the battery life is going to look like, but with power draw that low, it should be impressive.
Don’t get it twisted, though: this thing is still easy on the eyes. It has the signature Microsoft Surface design and a edge-to-edge PixelSense display that comes in at a jaw-dropping 2,880 x 1,920 resolution. And, with a 1,400:1 contrast ratio, you’ll never want to take your eyes away.
And, luckily, the Surface Pro X has Full Windows 10 support, rather than being stuck with Windows 10 S like a lot of other ARM-based Windows devices. That means not only will you be free to carry this around unfettered by WiFi connections, but you 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. You can dock the Pen just beneath the display on the new Type Cover, and when it’s there it will constantly recharge, so you don’t have to fret about how much battery your Surface Pen has.
And, about that new Surface Pen: the new Surface Pro X has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, which should be excellent news for any artists on the go. Adobe even 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. We’re not much of artists ourselves, but it seems like this is the perfect medium between visceral, physical art and the digital realm.
We don’t know when this device is going to be coming out, much less what it will cost. But, we can say that we’re looking forward to experiencing carrying it around in our adventures around New York City.