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- Microsoft's Surface event took place on September 22nd at 11 AM ET
- The company announced 8 new devices that will become available on October 5th
- The brand new Surface Duo 2 and the Surface Laptop Studio were the stars of the show
- As expected, all of Microsoft's devices are fully compatible with Windows 11
The Redmond-based tech giant just held its Surface-themed event which was scheduled to take place September 22nd at 11 AM ET.
Microsoft officials revealed that Windows 11 would be available on new and existing devices starting October 5, and this event was a good opportunity for the company to reveal some new Surface models.
This is excellent news for people who are in the market for some new devices but aren’t quite pleased with the current ones available.
The rumored Surface Duo 2 and Surface Go 3 are confirmed
In a teaser photo for this specific event, we can see a Surface tablet with its familiar kickstand and detachable keyboard, so many thought that we might see a new Surface Pro 8 today. That’s now a reality, as many of the leaked devices were confirmed by Panos Panay at the live event.
Starting with the most affordable Surface device, the Surface Go, which gets a rework for this year. The new 2-in-1 keeps its entry-level price, with a significant bump in specs along with a few minor visual changes. Of course, Surface Go 3 is now fully compatible with Windows 11 and takes advantage of all of its perks.
Another device that made a lot of waves last year, the Surface Duo, is now getting a new set of features tailored specifically for productivity. This new device is called the Surface Duo 2 and it’s a significant improvement over its predecessor.
With a new set of cameras that include wide, ultrawide, and telephoto sensors, the new Duo is a lot easier to use as a daily driver for everyone. There are also two new 120Hz screens that make the experience a lot more fluid. When it comes to productivity, the new hinge brings the two screens closer together, making the transition between them seamless.
As for the processing power, the new Snapdragon 888 is the safe bet that will keep the Duo 2 at the top, alongside other premium devices. Of course, Panos Panay also explained the seamless interaction of the Surface Duo 2 with Windows 11 and all the optimizations that make this a great experience.
The latest Gorilla Glass, a newly designed and improved hinge, and specifically tailored apps make Microsoft’s latest mobile device a productivity tool that’s worth considering.
Surface Pro 8 is not the most powerful device in the lineup
In the past, we were used to the Pro devices being the most powerful. Although the Redmond giant announced the new and improved Surface Pro 8 (thus confirming the leaks), it seems that a new device is ready to take its place as the new productivity champ.
While it still packs a 13-inch PixelSense display with 120Hz refresh rate, 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, Windows 11, and up to 32GB1 RAM, the Pro 8 is no more the king of the bunch.
With the purpose of combining the power of their Studio lineup with the portability of a laptop, Microsoft announced one of the most interesting devices of this year, the Surface Laptop Studio.
This is a brand new device with a 14.4-inch touch display and a 120Hz refresh rate build to mimic a 15-inch screen in a 13-inch chassis. It supports the new Surface Slim Pen 2 and it has the 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processor, Windows 11, and up to 32GB RAM.
Other specs include Two USB 4.0 with Thunderbolt™ 4 ports, a dedicated charging port, integrated Surface Slim Pen 2* storage and charging, and fast, reliable Wi-Fi 6.
The Studio part comes into place when switching the display from the laptop mode into the studio mode or even into the tablet mode.
Microsoft claims up to 19 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage, and if it can deliver at least 70%-80% of that, then this device will truly be a powerhouse.
You can preorder the new Surface lineup from the Microsoft official store right now.
What do you think of Microsoft’s latest devices? We’re very excited about the Surface Laptop Studio and the new Surface Slim Pen 2, but leave us your thoughts in the comments section below and we’ll continue the talk there.