Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks to participants during the Viva Technologie show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018, in Paris
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Microsoft just kicked off its Surface event in New York City where it’s unveiling new laptops and tablets.
“With the Surface we focused on three distinct ambitions,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said. “We wanted to put people at the center of every device experience. We wanted to innovate across form and function, especially with a focus on how we can drive the next level of creation and productivity. That led to the first Surface Pro 2-in-1. Today we will share the next chapter of this journey,” Nadella said. “We believe the next decade will be about creation and amplifying what we can do as humans.”
Products announced during the event so far include the Surface Pro 7, the Surface Laptop 3 and Microsoft Surface Earbuds.
Microsoft Surface Earbuds
Microsoft unveiled the Surface Earbuds.
Microsoft followed up the Surface Headphones from last year with new Surface Earbuds, which will compete with AirPods. They offer 24 hours of battery life and “work on any platform,” according to Microsoft. Gesture controls let you play, pause, skip or change the volume.
Microsoft’s Robin Seiler unveils the new Surface Earbuds.
They also work with Microsoft Office and support over 60 languages, so they can translate as you speak and input voice-to-text into documents and PowerPoint presentations. They’ll ship later this year for $249.
Surface Pro 7
Microsoft’s Robin Seiler shows off the Surface Pro 7.
Microsoft announced a new version of its tablet/laptop hybrid, the Surface Pro 7, on Wednesday. It looks an awful lot like last year’s model. One big change this year: a new USB-C port, which users have been asking for since it can enable faster data transfers and works with modern devices, like phones, that also use the new standard. Like previous models, users can connect a “Type Cover” to the tablet to use it in a laptop form factor, with a kickstand in the back.
Microsoft debuts the Surface Pro 7.
The Surface Pro 7 works with Microsoft’s Surface Pen, which lets you edit documents, sketch on the screen and more. IT also now works with Excel for easier edits to spreadsheets. Microsoft improved the microphones on the Surface Pro 7 to work better with the Your Phone app, which means you can accept calls from your phone and talk to people right on your laptop. This is a Windows feature, however, so it’s not just limited to the Surface Pro 7.
Preorders open today for $749 but Microsoft does not typically offer a keyboard in that price, or the Surface Pen, so expect to pay more if you want those.
Surface Laptop 3
Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop 3.
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Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay kicked off the device introductions by revealing the new Surface Laptop 3, which will ship in 13.5-inch and 15-inch sizes. That means, this year, Microsoft is going directly after the Apple MacBook Air and the larger MacBook Pro. The Surface Laptop 3 is made out of aluminum and has a soft touch area around the keyboard, but Microsoft will also sell a model without any soft touch area around the keyboard that doesn’t have a soft-touch finish. Panay said Microsoft increased the size of the touchpad to help improve productivity.
Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, debuts the new Surface Laptop 3.
The Surface Laptop 3 uses Intel‘s latest 10th generation processor, which Panay said is 2x faster than the chips in the Surface Laptop 2 from last year. Panay said it’s 3x more powerful than a MacBook Air. AMD will offer graphics inside with a special AMD Ryzen Surface Edition graphics chip. “This is the most powerful mobile processor AMD has ever created,” Panay said. “We co-engineered this entire platform alongside AMD, from the silicon to hardware and through Windows.”
The laptop is also easy to repair, according to Panay.
Panay says you still get “all day battery life” and that fast charging will be included. The Surface Laptop 3 can charge up to 80 percent in less than an hour, he said, noting that fast charging will be available in all of the Surface products Microsoft will unveil today.
The Surface Laptop 3 is available for pre-order starting Oct. 22.
The 13-inch starts at $999 and the 15-inch starts at $1199. Both are available for pre-order now and they launch Oct.22.
Microsoft’s event follows a flurry of hardware announcements from rivals like Apple, Amazon and Samsung. The launches allow the companies to get their products out in front of consumers before the upcoming holiday shopping season.
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