All key announcements from Microsoft’s Surface event

One of the most popular lines in mobile computing has received a substantial upgrade after Microsoft’s latest round of Surface announcements.

Here’s a look at the new 2-in-1 phone, laptop, and hybrid devices the company has unveiled.

-Studio for Surface Laptop

Microsoft’s new flagship laptop has a new look and new form factor, with a unique hinge system that allows users to pull the screen forward over the keyboard, then push it flat in a fashion. similar to a tablet for writing and drawing.

The Laptop Studio has a unique display hinge that allows the display to be pulled forward (Microsoft)

Called Surface Laptop Studio because it derives its functionality from the adjustable Surface Studio desktop, the tech company said the goal was to “reimagine versatility.”

It ticks a lot of the boxes when it comes to specs, with a full keyboard and touchpad compatible with haptic feedback, a 14.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen compatible with 11th Gen Surface Slim Pen 2 and Intel Core H35 processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU.

But there’s still time to wait, with Laptop Studio slated to arrive in 2022.

– Surface Pro 8

The new flagship 2-in-1 device, the Surface Pro 8 has received a substantial power boost – Microsoft says it’s twice as fast as the Pro 7 thanks to new 11th Gen Intel Core processors.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8
The Surface Pro 8 is faster than ever. (Microsoft)

On the outside, it has a 13-inch PixelSense touchscreen, while the trademark removable keyboard has a charging slot for the new Surface Slim Pen 2.

This display also has a 120Hz refresh rate and there’s a 10-megapixel 4K rear camera.

In the UK it will start at £ 999 and go on sale from October 28.

– Surface Go 3

Lighter and more portable surface, the new Go 3 is also significantly faster than previous versions – up to 60% thanks to new, faster processors.

Microsoft Surface Go 3
Surface Go 3 is the latest lightweight version of 2-in-1 (Microsoft)

There’s a day’s battery life, a 10.5-inch touchscreen, and solid cameras and microphones.

It will be the first of the new devices to go on sale in the UK on October 5, with prices starting at £ 369.

– Surface Duo 2

Microsoft’s take on foldable phone technology using two displays linked on a hinge, the Duo 2 made those displays larger and curved around the edges.

This latest update means that a new notification bar has also been added, giving users quick updates on calls and messages without needing to open the device.

Microsoft Surface Duo 2
The second-gen Duo has bigger and better screens, improved cameras and 5G (Microsoft)

Meanwhile, multitasking appears to have received more thought, with greater ability to drag and drop items between screens and greater compatibility between the two screens for gaming.

Importantly, there is now also a new triple camera system for better quality photos as well as 5G support for the first time.

It will be released on October 21, starting at £ 1,349.

– Accessories

Apart from hardware, Microsoft also unveiled some cool new accessories.

The first was a nod to better durability, the Ocean Plastic Mouse, which, as the name suggests, is made from 20% recycled ocean plastic.

Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse
The mouse was created from 20% recycled ocean plastic (Microsoft)

It will go on sale alongside the Go 3 on October 5, priced at £ 24.99.

The launch event also saw the company unveil the Surface Adaptive Kit, a new collection of stickers, labels, and other tools to help people with disabilities such as reduced vision, blindness, or problems. force to interact more easily with devices.

It will be priced at £ 14.99, but does not yet have a confirmed UK release date.

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