Redmond’s improve the power and performance of two of their star devices, but they don’t touch the design. It also upgrades Surface Studio and launches headphones with Cortana
Long evening at Microsoft. When a new MacBook Air and an iPad Pro appear on the horizon of what remains to 2018, Redmond has put on the show their new devices with which they want you to one way or another forget about Apple and return to the arms of Windows 10. New York has hosted this Tuesday’s presentation of the new Surface 6 Pro and Surface Laptop 2, the latest machines from the production chain of the U.S. firm, which in July presented the Surface Go, a ‘mini-version’ of its tablet (in price and size). There has also been room for surprises with a noise-canceling headset that will work with Cortana.
Surface 6 Pro
The first of these devices, the Surface 6 Pro, is the bet to continue having a foot in what is being called the ‘post PC’ era. It’s difficult to place it. Whether it is a tablet with a computer soul or a ‘2 in 1’ computer with a tablet soul is not well known. Once again Microsoft has maintained the design, sinning of conservative. The leaks allowed us to see how the scalpel had been limited to rounding the sides, as we saw in the Surface Go. Now they include a matte black finish.
Despite having introduced it in its ‘low cost’ model, Surface 6 Pro arrives without USB type C port.
The problem with maintaining this shell -with its characteristic tab- is that, in the middle of the era of mobile phones and computers with frameless screens, the panel keeps the frames too thick. 12.3 inches. That will be the size. The screen density 267 pixels per inch.
There is no trace of the USB Type C, even though they were present in the most compact model that premiered in August. Surprising that they don’t include those ports at this point in the film.
The fat changes come under the hood, with more power and updated chips. The Surface 6 Pro has taken the step of advancing to the eighth generation of Intel processors. The starting price of the model with the i5 will be $899.00 dollars. As for RAM, there will be a 16GB configuration. The storage will be up to one terabyte. The battery of this equipment, assure its creators, will give for 13.5 hours of autonomy.
Its cost places it directly in the field of the iPad Pro of greater size, the alternative that Apple put on the table for those who want an ultra-light and ultra-portable equipment to work. The main difference is that one works with iOS (which in iOS 11 greatly improved workflows on that device) and the other with Windows 10, which provides the window and desktop experience we’re used to. But the power brings it closer to a MacBook Air than an Apple tablet. It will start selling in two weeks’ time in the United States.
Surface Laptop 2: more power
Surface Laptop 2, for its part, is a laptop in the strictest sense of the word. No convertibles with removable keyboards The second installment of this saga comes in black (a color, also matte, that Microsoft has decided to resurrect in response to community requests) and with an Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory in its most basic version. Their performance, they assure, increases thanks to the new machinery exponentially. Once again there will be some problems with the ports. There is also no USB Type C. In 2018. Not that it’s so much to ask.
We have a device 13.5 inches in size, which improves the contrast of the screen and also includes an integrated keyboard, “much quieter” than the previous version. On the autonomy, the promise to offer 14.5 hours of useful life with one charge.
Surface Studio 2
It’s been two years since Microsoft presented a whole in one. He did it in the Big Apple too. And he called it Surface Studio. Now he renews it to continue demonstrating that with Windows 10 you can also make computers as striking as Apple’s desktop. So we find another 28-inch computer, whose image quality has been improved. The screen responds to the digital pencil of the Surface range with 4096 pressure points.
Microsoft has also shot Apple desktops with Surface Studio 2.
The processor has been refurbished, especially its GPU. The Surface 2 will arrive with a new Nvidia with Pascal architecture. Tiptoeing the technical twists and turns (a common feature of these presentations), they promise that the graphics will be 50% more powerful. In this case, it includes an SSD memory of two terabytes. They haven’t given much more details. They just said it will arrive “soon”.
Surface Headphones: ‘one more thing’.
There was some more wax in the candle. There was no end to the wick with the tablet and laptop. Surface Headphones. Noise-canceling headphones. An area in which there are famous representatives such as Sony or Bose. However, this device doesn’t stop there. It’s a home for Cortana, his virtual assistant. If Google has the Pixel Buds (which will probably be renewed next week) and Apple has its Airpods… now it was Microsoft’s turn to do the same.
It’s a headset with thirteen different levels of noise cancellation. They include a dial to control it on one side. Turning it will raise the insulation level. They will go on sale in the US for $350.00 dollars.