Microsoft unveils 2018 hardware upgrades: Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Headphones

Microsoft held a special event on October 2 to launch new products in its Surface lineup. The stars of the show were Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, both with a matte black color option, along with Studio 2 and the all-new Surface Headphones. So, without further ado, let’s drill down the details.

Surface Pro 6

The sixth generation Surface pro now features Intel’s latest 8th-generation processors and improved cooling system. Microsoft claims 67% jump in performance compared to last year offering.

Surface Pro 6 weighs 1.7 pounds and has the same 12.3-inch display and up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The external design remains the same with lack of USB Type-C port. As far as the battery life goes, the device can last 13.5 hours on a single charge.

The Surface Pro 6 starts at $899 with a Core i5 processor. It will be released on October 16, with pre-orders starting on October 2.

Surface Laptop 2

The Surface Laptop 2 gets a whopping 85% jump in performance, thanks to the latest Intel processors. It also has the thinnest ever LCD on a laptop.

Just like the Surface Pro 6, the external changes are minimal, meaning no USB Type-C port here either. As for the display, you have the same 13.5-Inch LCD, but now with 1500:1 contrast ratio. Microsoft is quoting 14.5 hours of battery life. Typing experience has been improved with lesser noise than the predecessor.

Surface Laptop 2 will be out on October 16, starting at $999.

Surface Studio 2

The all-new Surface Studio 2 looks exactly the same as first generation offering. But, it’s the fastest Surface ever. It packs a 38% brighter screen (over 500 nits brighter than before) and 22% has more contrast. The display supports the DCI-P3 color space.

The Studio 2 comes with Nvidia’s next-gen Pascal graphics (not an RTX GPU) and a 2TB SSD. No more hybrid disk drive. The starting price will be a hefty $3,499. Pre-orders started on October 2.

Surface Headphones

A new addition to the Surface lineup is Surface Headphones. They are Bluetooth cans with adjustable noise cancellation (13 levels) and Cortana built-in.

They have 40mm drivers, 4 beam forming mics, and 4 active noise cancelling mics. They will cost $350 when they go on sale later this year.

 

Pankaj U

Pankaj is a tech blogger with interests in mobile, PC, apps and more.

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