Everything Microsoft Announced During Today’s Surface Event
Today is the official first day of Fall with September being the month we hear about all the new gizmos and gadgets from the biggest companies in tech. Today was Microsoft’s turn to reveal what they’ve been working on and with no surprise, the company turned up with some fun new products to help bolster productivity.
Panos Panay kicked off the hour by reiterating how important, how inspiring Windows 11 will be when it launches later this year. It wasn’t long after his speech that we moved straight into the new hardware — the real stars of the show.
Surface Pro 8
Microsoft began with revealing the Surface Pro 8 today, what I’d consider being the largest upgrade over previous Intel-based since the Pro 3. This year adds a stunning 120Hz display, thinner bezels, Thunderbolt support, and a new keyboard that integrates the Surface Slim Pen 2. the Surface Pro 8 is twice as fast as the Pro 8, which offers up to 16 hours of battery life and comes with Windows 11 built-in.
Furthermore, the Pro 8 offers a vibrant 12″ PixelSense touchscreen that’s edge-to-edge and includes Dolby Vision and Adaptive Color Technology, giving you the optimal viewing experience wherever you are. The Surface Pro 8 comes with a 5MP front-facing camera,1 0MP-4K rear-facing camera, Dolby Atmos, and dual far-field Studio Mics.
You can pre-order the Surface Pro 8 beginning today, starting from $1,399.99 CAD. The Surface Pro 8 will be available on October 21.
The Surface Slim Pen 2 will be available for $169.99 CAD.
Surface Go 3
Microsoft calls the Surface Go 3 the ‘most portable 2-in-1 perfect for your everyday tasks, homework and play.’ Designed with Windows 11, the Surface Go is 60 percent faster with an Intel Core i3 processor and looks identical to the Surface Go 2. Both have the same 10.5-inch display capable of 1920 x 1080 and uses the same camera, speakers, and ports.
You can choose between a Wi-Fi model or an LTE Model. What stands out is the CPU, which gets a bump with the dual-core Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y processor or quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100Y processor, either with 4GB or 8GB of RAM.
You can pre-order the Surface Go today, starting at $519.99 CAD. The Surface Go will be available on October 5.
Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse
I’ve been a big fan of initiatives where recyclable material is used for new products. Take for example the new Ocean Plastic Mouse revealed during the Microsoft Surface event today. Undoubtedly, the new laptops are the reason everyone tuned in today but seeing accessories like this are worth mentioning, even if it is only a mouse.
The outer shell is 20 percent recycled ocean plastic and is made from plastic waste that isrecovered from oceans and waterways, cleaned, and processed into recyclable plastic resin pellets. The box is 100 percent recyclable packaging made from wood and sugarcane fibres. Microsoft says the battery lasts up to 12 months from a single AA battery and uses Bluetooth connectivity.
Surprisingly, the Surface Duo 2 is coming to Canada. After the first iteration of the Duo skipped Canadian markets, the Duo 2 launches day and date with other markets. The Android-powered folding device shares a similar design with its predecessor but looks to address issues the first Duo had, like a better camera for starters. The camera is capable of 4K and choose from wide-angle, telephoto, or ultra–wide, which is a vast improvement over the single 12MP selfie camera on the original Duo
The Surface Duo 2 includes two PixselSense Fusion 5.8-inch, 1344 x 1892 OLED displays connected by a hinge that can also be used as an 8.3-inch screen. In addition, the Duo 2 offers a 90Hz refresh rate, a bigger 4,449mAh battery powering both screens and Snapdragon 888 5G.
Also, the Surface Duo will be available in Glacier and Obsidian colours.
You can pre-order the Surface Duo 2 today, starting at $1,899 CAD.
Surface Pro X
Today’s Surface event also revealed the new Surface Pro X, which now comes in a Wi-Fi version. The ARM-based Surface device no longer comes in a cellular version, with this year’s model serving as a refresh more than anything.
Microsoft says the new model will support better LTE with support for Gbps LTE data using a Snapdragon X24. With the current pandemic, it makes sense that Microsoft is swapping in a Wi-Fi model since remote work from home is still happening around the world, and the need for an LTE device isn’t as important in today’s world.
Furthermore, the Surface Pro X will work with the newly revealed Slim Pen 2, just like the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Studio Laptop.
You can pre-order the Surface Pro X today, starting at $1,149.99 CAD but will be available in late 2021 into 2022.
Surface Adaptive Kit
Microsoft is working on the Surface Adaptive Kit, a new way to navigate your Surface device. The kit includes stickers sorted by colour and size that can be attached to your device, ports, or anywhere on your device where it might be needed. If you need to identify ports or keycaps, then you can do that. The Surface Adaptive Kit includes a pull tab and ring to make it easier to open and close your Surface device.
The Surface Adaptive Kit will be available later this year. You can pre-order starting today for $14.99 CAD.
Surface Laptop Studio
The one device I think everyone is talking about today is the all-new Surface Laptop Studio. The new device seems to be the successor to last year’s Surface Book 3 as it doubles as both a laptop and tablet, capable of doing anything in between work and gaming.
Using a 14.4-inch PixelSense Flow touchscreen with up to a 120Hz refresh rate, the screen is capable of outputting 2400 x1600 pixels and uses a 3:2 aspect ratio and uses the newly announced Surface Pen, which can be stored and charged within the keyboard. Also, included are four Dolby Atmos speakers.
Microsoft is supporting Thunderbolt with two Thunderbolt USB-C ports but lacks any SD slot.
The Surface Laptop Studio comes in either 11th Gen Core i5 or Core i7 processor and uses an integrated Iris Xe graphics or Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti laptop GPU with 4GB of GDDR6 RAM. Additionally, there is either 16GB or 32GB of LDDR4x RAM and 256GB up to 2TB of storage.