Microsoft Launches Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro 8, Surface Duo 2, and More
Microsoft has wrapped up its Surface event with the release of the redesigned Surface Pro 8, Surface Duo 2, Surface Go 3, new flagship Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Slim Pen 2, Ocean Plastic Mouse, and the Surface Adaptive Kit.
Surface Pro 8
The Surface Pro 8 features a 13-inch PixelSense Flow Display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and, supports Dolby Vision and Adaptive Colour Technology, which Microsoft calls "the most technically advanced display we’ve ever built". It will run on 60 Hz by default but will jump up to 120 Hz with the Dynamic Refresh Rate feature if needed.
It is powered by the 11th Gen quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, paired with up to 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage. There will also be 11th Gen Intel Core i5, Intel Core i3, and LTE versions available. It packs a battery that can last for up to 16 hours of average use. For connectivity, it has a USB-A port, two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a Surface Connect charging port.
The Surface Pro 8 starts at a price of US$1,099.99 (~RM4,599) and will ship out starting from 5 October.
Surface Duo 2
Powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset, the Surface Duo 2 supports 5G connectivity. It is equipped with 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512 GB of storage. The device features AMOLED displays which unfolds into an 8.3" screen with a 2688x1892 resolution.
On the back, it sports a triple rear camera setup comprising a 12 MP main camera, 16 MP ultrawide camera, and a 12 MP telephoto camera. There's also a Glance Bar that allows users to check time, battery percentage, and notifications without unfolding the phone.
The Surface Duo 2 retails for US$1500 (~RM6,271) and will be available on 21 October.
Surface Laptop Studio
The "most powerful Surface" Microsoft ever built comes with a 14.4" PixelSense Flow display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, a 2400 x 1600 resolution, and Dolby Vision support. The company uses a new flexible Dynamic Woven Hinge, which allows the laptop to transition between three modes: laptop, stage, and studio.
On laptop mode, it looks like a regular laptop with a full keyboard and a touchpad. Meanwhile, it goes into stage mode when users pull the screen forward to an angle suitable for gaming, streaming, or presenting. Lastly, the studio mode is designed for creative work like writing and sketching.
It houses the 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors alongside Intel Iris Xe graphics or NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti graphics, paired with up to 32 GB of RAM. It also supports up to 2 TB of removable SSD storage. The laptop will come with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and the Surface Connect charging port.
The Surface Laptop Studio is priced at US$1,599.99 (~RM6,689).
Surface Go 3
The Surface Go 3 has a 10.5" display with a 1920 x 1280 resolution. It is powered by either the Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y or Intel Core i3-10100Y processors. It retains the same camera setup, ports, and dimensions as the Surface Go 2.
It runs on Windows 11 and its camera supports Windows Hello facial recognition. The device also supports the Microsoft Pen Protocol. There will also be Windows 10 Pro and Windows 11 Pro versions too.
The Surface Go 3 retails for US$399.99 (~RM1,672).
Surface Slim Pen 2
The Slim Pen 2 features a custom chip called Microsoft G6 and a haptic functionality that aims to make writing and drawing feel more realistic. It is compatible with the Surface products announced, including Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3, Surface Pro X, Surface Duo 2, and the Surface Laptop Studio. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and can last for up to 15 hours per charge.
The Slim Pen 2 is available at US$129.99 (~RM543).
Ocean Plastic Mouse
The Ocean Plastic Mouse has a shell made of 20% recycled ocean plastic and 100% recyclable packaging. The plastic shell is made from "plastic waste that is recovered from oceans and waterways" while the packaging box is made of recyclable wood and sugarcane fibers. Users can customise its three buttons via the downloadable Mouse and Keyboard center software.
The Ocean Plastic Mouse is priced at US$24.99 (~RM104).
Surface Adaptive Kit
Microsoft has designed the Surface Adaptive Kit for the disabled, which includes keycap labels, bump labels, port indicators, and device openers. The keycap and bump labels will help users to more easily identify important keys or ports and cables. Meanwhile, the opener support comes with a pull tab and a ring to help users open a laptop lid more flexibly.
Microsoft hasn't announced the Surface Adaptive Kit's availability and pricing yet, but it is expected to be available later this year. It will work with the Surface Pro 7 and above, Surface Laptop 3 and above, Surface Book 3, Surface Dock 2, and the new Surface Laptop Studio.
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