Microsoft's refreshed Surface Pro, Laptop and Studio: New specs, pricing, availability

by Linda Olson October 3, 2018, 1:12
Microsoft's refreshed Surface Pro, Laptop and Studio: New specs, pricing, availability

Just hours from now, Microsoft will take to the stage in NY to announce new Surface devices at what has become its annual fall Surface event.

Microsoft apparently plans to lower the entry price of the Surface Pro 6.

Featuring Intel 8th Gen core i5 or i7 processors, and 8GB or 16GB of RAM, the new Surface Pro 6 delivers more power and performance than it's predecessor. The Surface Laptop 2 is 85 percent faster, according to Microsoft, with battery life clocking in at 14.5 hours. You can pre-book the Surface Pro 6 from Microsoft Stores in the USA starting October 16.

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From a company blog post: "Microsoft's first premium and smart headphone experience offer the attributes you have come to expect from Surface: premium design, expert craftsmanship, and integration with the services and experiences you love". It wouldn't even need to take up more room - not if the company ditched the Surface Connect port. Overall, this is an iterative update and Microsoft is just perfecting a popular formula with the Surface Pro 6. Surface Headphones offer a smarter way to listen, with spectacular rich audio and hands-free calling. Sadly, we can't that with Microsoft's "Surface Event", because there won't be a live stream. The machine will remain under-provisioned in terms of SSD storage, however, with just 128GB.

As mentioned above, the external design of the Surface Pro 6 remains largely unchanged thanks to the trademark hinge and aluminum casing. Pre-orders for the device do not seem to be available as of writing. The update comes with a range of new features including Timeline, HDR Support, and more.

Microsoft is refreshing a number of its Surface PCs with new 8th-generation Intel CPUs. The 2-in-1 device will run on Windows 10 and will also be equipped with Bluetooth 4.1. It will happen on October 16th, and Microsoft says Surface is going "back to black". In the video, we can see the yet-to-be-launched Surface Pro 6 in all its full glory. It looks like Microsoft has officially confirmed earlier reports that claimed that the new Surface lineup will be launched in a black colour variant.

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