Five Microsoft Surface Products Announced
Microsoft launched a new Surface Pro 8, Surface Pro X, Surface Go 3, Surface Duo 2 and the new Surface Laptop Studio, which replaces the Surface Book with a new design that mimics the desktop version.
Surface Duo 2:
- The Surface Duo 2 has both a Snapdragon 888 and 5G, but the biggest and most important change is the camera. The main sensor is 12MP f/1.7, the secondary one is a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and the third camera is a 12MP f/2.4 2x zoom lens, but it comes with a sizable camera bump,
- The Surface Duo 2 includes a curved display around the hinge to add a useful-looking display for notifications and info.
- The main dual 5.8-inch displays are now 90Hz, there’s a triple camera system that supports 5G via the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. There’s more RAM, too, at 8GB, and NFC.
- It’s $100 more expensive than the original at $1,500.
- Microsoft didn’t say much about software which was a travesty on the Duo.
- The Duo 2 will run Android 11 at launch but that’s about all I heard. Expect Microsoft to be challenged on this front.
- Microsoft’s brightest star, and biggest upgrade since 2014, after a few years of incremental updates. The bezels were reduced, and the display is a new 13-inch 120Hz with a 3:2 aspect ratio, it has Thunderbolt 4 support, and latest 11th-generation Intel processors.
- It also has a nicer new keyboard with stiffer carbon fiber, a new Slim Pen 2 that still has a home in the keyboard but now offers subtle haptics, and has taken some of the nicer design features of the Pro X.
- Battery life, with the 120Hz display, and how it handles a normal workday for people with a million tabs and Teams or Slack and so on, will be interesting.
- It now starts at $1,100, though that price should be ignored given that the completely essential Type Cover keyboard and trackpad remain an accessory at $280. And the Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 256GB of storage is $1,600. So, nearly $1,880 for a useful device, not $1,100.
Surface Laptop Studio:
- This is Microsoft’s most powerful device with Intel 11th-gen processors and at the top end, can pack Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti GPU, with a rich 14.4-inch display.
- It borrows from the Surface Studio all-in-one, with a hinge in the middle to bring the screen closer for touch, drawing, or inking.
- The display hinge is the big thing. The previous Surface Book had this sort of thick, awkward-looking hinge that was functional for a 2-in-1.
- The tablet is no longer detachable, instead the touchscreen folds back or forth or lays flat