Rebecca Khan

Computers, Laptops, News, Tablets, True Wireless Earbuds

A Synthesis of The Microsoft October 2019 Event

While we’re reeling from Apple’s September 2019 keynote that unleashed the iPhone 11 upon us, Microsoft is ensuring October sprays even more talking points. This “Techtober” at the company’s Fall 2019 hardware event in New York City, Microsoft unveiled the next phase of its Surface revolution.

Head of Devices, Panos Panay launched the event by revealing the company’s latest touchscreen laptop. The latest and greatest Surface hardware line-up includes the Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, the Surface Pro X, and the Surface Neo tablet featuring a dual-screen.

Microsoft is also attempting another bite at the smartphone market, making a comeback with the foldable, dual-screen Microsoft Surface Duo.

Sadly, the Surface Book 3 did not feature, and we eagerly wait for it. However, there were six new device revelations, including Surface Buds headphones in similar fashion to Apple.


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  • Surface Laptop 3

Launching with an aluminum finish while maintaining its always-on functionality. Good news is there is now a USB-C port while retaining the USB-A. The Surface Laptop 3 will be available in two sizes: 13-inch and 15-inch (starting at $999 USD and $1,199 USD respectively) PixelSense displays.

Concerning the keyboard, the Surface Laptop 3 sports a 1.3 millimeter key travel, which considering the device thickness, it is impressive. The trackpad is much larger, as is now normal in the industry, and somewhat similar to what Apple has done with the MacBook Pro.

Performance is based on quad-core 10th Intel Core processor. It’s twice as fast as the previous Surface Laptop 2 and three times more powerful than the MacBook Air. An AMD Ryzen Surface Edition processor powers the 15-inch model. It was co-engineered with AMD, and you can recharge the laptop to 80% in less than an hour.

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  • Surface Pro 7

The latest 2-in-1 from Microsoft is a complete redesign of the seventh generation Surface Pro. Better performance, a sleek design, and a USB-C port in addition to a USB-A port are crucial elements of this device.

A proprietary charging port provides fast-charge capability. The Surface Pen allows users mark up any window, including an MS Word document with in-line editing. Prices start at $749 USD.

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  • Microsoft Surface Pro X

The 2-in-1 design tradition continues with this 13-inch diagonal display into a 12-inch chassis. The Type Cover is hidden storage plus a charging spot for the new Surface Pen Slim.

The Surface Pro X relies on a custom Microsoft SQ1 chipset that enables LTE connectivity, powerful performance, instant-on, and extended battery life. The operating system is Windows 10. Expect to shell out upwards of $999 USD for this beautiful device.

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  • Microsoft Surface Earbuds

Apple is making significant statements in the wireless ecosystem. Microsoft is joining the fray with Surface Earbuds. They are a true wireless experience, armed with a carrying case that supply 24 hours of battery life.

In contrast to Apple Airpods, Surface Earbuds are a circular design that rest in your ears. A directional microphone ensures the awesome earbuds pick up voices clearly.

There are touch sensors on both earbuds to control playback and trigger a voice assistant. You can also open apps like Spotify, with certain gestures. Earbuds will integrate deeply with Microsoft Office. You will be able to generate captions in PowerPoint in real-time, according to Microsoft.

Surface Earbuds will be available for $249 USD.


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  • What’s Next? Surface Neo and Surface Duo

Microsoft Surface chief, Panos Panay, gave an inkling into the future of the Surface family. He mentioned the foldable experience coming with 2020’s Surface Neo. A paltry 655 grams, it sporting Gorilla Glass for durability. A 360-degree hinge ensures the Surface Neo may be used in almost any form.

The Surface Slim Pen charges via wireless and attaches to the back, while the keyboard straps magnetically to the back. The other display is essentially a trackpad, removing the need for a Type Cover.

The Neo will feature Windows 10 X with custom enhancements for dual screens, and fully support Office and various other apps.

The Surface Duo is also expected by the next holiday.

Microsoft’s October event only tightens the tension in an already competitive space, and others are taking note.