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Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Unveils Unique Hinge Design, Launches Surface Pro 8

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Unveils Unique Hinge Design, Launches Surface Pro 8
key points:
  •  There are multiple new tools to display at the Microsoft Surface event.
  •   The highlight of the event was the Microsoft Surface Studio laptop.
  •   Microsoft launches new devices in the market from October 5th

 

This September saw several big launches, including the new Apple hardware. Now Microsoft has joined with a handful of gadgets. New Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro 8, Surface Duo 2, Surface Go 3, Surface Pro X and more.

The Surface Laptop Studio is a 2-in-1 machine designed to meet the needs of your laptop and tablet.  It gets a major upgrade with a 120Hz 13-inch pixelSense display, 11th Gen Intel chipset and support for Thunderbolt.  They write on paper.  But that’s not all, Microsoft has more interesting launches lined up for the event, so keep reading to find out everything presented at the Microsoft Surface event.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio specifications

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is one of the biggest announcements at Wednesday’s Microsoft event.  The new device is designed as an “evolution of the surface book” and is “built on the legacy of the surface book and the surface studio”.

This device is aimed at developers, creative professionals, designers and gamers who want a creative studio with the portability of a laptop.  The Surface laptop studio has a 14.4-inch pixelSense display that is mounted on a dynamic woven hinge, which allows the display to be moved at multiple angles.  Allows the device to convert from a traditional notebook to a tablet or canvas.  However, the display is inseparable — unlike the Surface Book 3, you can take the screen off the keyboard and use it as a tablet.

Microsoft has provided three different modes for the Surface Laptop Studio.  The first is a laptop mode, which gives you a full keyboard and touchpad for a regular notebook-like experience.  However, you can move the display to stage mode. This comes after the display is pushed forward to a corner where the keyboard is covered, but the touchpad exposure allows for gaming, streaming, docking and presentation.  The third mode is called Studio Mode, where you can move the display like a canvas or write notes on top of the keyboard.

Under the hood, Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio also offers 11th generation Intel Core H35 processors along with the Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU.  The device includes studio microphones and a 1080p webcam for an enhanced video conferencing experience.  Additionally, the touchpad in the Surface Laptop Studio includes haptic feedback.

The Surface Laptop Studio includes an area below the keyboard, where you can place the Surface Slim Pen 2, which is magnetically attached and charged when not in use.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 specifications

The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is primarily Microsoft’s 2-in-1 flagship this year, as it does not allow users to separate its display from the Surface Laptop Studio keyboard.  The Surface Pro 8 has a 13-inch pixelSense display, touch support and a 120Hz refresh rate.

It supports adaptive color technology designed to adjust the color output of the display to suit the ambient environment.  The Surface Pro 8 also includes support for Dolby Vision display technology and Dolby Atmos sound.

For video chats, the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.  The tablet also comes with a 10 megapixel 4K rear camera.

The Surface Pro 8 includes two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and supports a new Surface Pro signature keyboard as an optional accessory.  The new keyboard includes storage and charging support for the Surface Slim Pen 2 – similar to the Surface Pro X.  Additionally, the Surface Pro 8 offers up to 16 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Microsoft Surface Go 3 specifications

Apparently, the Microsoft Surface Go 3 has not been updated this year.  The only significant change is in terms of processing power, as the device now has a Pentium Gold 6500Y CPU, up from 4425Y in the final model.  There is also a top end model with the 10th generation Intel Core i3 chipset

The Surface Go 3 features a 10.5-inch touch display with a 3: 2 aspect ratio and 1080p cameras on the front and back.  It also includes Dolby Audio and Studio Microphones.  Microsoft claims that the Surface Go 3 is designed to provide a full day of battery life.

Microsoft Surface Pro X specifications

The new Microsoft Surface Pro X is based on the same Microsoft SQ2 silicon that powers the previous model.  However, it offers Wi-Fi connectivity only on integrated LTE to provide some of the previous experience at an affordable price.  It offers a full day of battery life and Windows 11 out of the box.

Additional accessories

The Microsoft Surface Slim Pen 2 is an optional accessory designed to take the experience of the Surface Laptop Studio and Surface Pro 8 to new heights.  Microsoft claims to have improved the haptics and interaction feedback with the new surface slim pen digital ink to give users the pen experience on paper.  The stylus can be stored and magnetically charged.

In addition to laptops and 2-in-1 machines, Microsoft has its new Surface Slim Pen 2. The $ 130 Slim Pen 2 has a haptic motor that repeats the experience of writing or writing on paper.  Along with the pen, the brand also unveiled the new Ocean Plastic Mouse, which is made from 20 percent recycled ocean plastic and comes with fully reusable packaging.  Finally, Microsoft has unveiled the Microsoft Surface Adaptive Kit, an easy-to-use tool for people with disabilities.

Price and Availability

Price range for the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio starts at $ 1,599 (approximately $ 1,18,000).  This is similar to the launch price of the Surface Book 3, which debuted last year as Microsoft’s 2-in-1 device. The Surface Pro 8 starts at $ 1,099 (approximately Rs. 81,100).  Launched in 2019 with a starting price of $ 749 (approximately Rs. 55,200), it is the successor to the Surface Pro 7.The Surface Go 3 starts at $ 399 (approximately Rs. 29,400) and was seen with the Surface Go 2 last year.

With the new devices, the Surface Pro 7+ now comes with a starting price of $ 799 (approximately Rs. 59,000) on the consumer channel — an upgrade over the previous commercial-only offer.  The Surface Pro X is the only new WiFi option starting at $ 899 (approximately Rs. 66,300).  The LTE variant of the Surface Pro X arrived at a starting price of $ 999 (approximately Rs. 73,700) in 2019.

In terms of accessories, the Surface Slim Pen 2 costs $ 129.99 (approximately $ 9,600), the Surface Adaptive Kit $ 9.99 (approximately $ 700), the Ocean Plastic Mouse $ 24.99 (approximately $ 1,800), and the Microsoft Modern USB-C headset $ 54.99 (approximately $ 4,100).

In terms of availability, Microsoft has said that its new devices will go on sale from October 5 – with the release date of Windows 11 being the official sale date in India, some delays in the availability of new devices in India can be expected.  Intended for the US and some other developed markets, where pre-orders for devices have already begun.

Microsoft India site show that the Surface Laptop Studio and Surface Pro 8 will arrive in early 2022, while the Surface Go 3 will be tagged with a “coming soon” banner.

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Written by Shahina P

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