Microsoft announced the release of several new Surface products at once without any preliminary announcements. In particular, the corporation introduced the third generation of the Surface Book hybrid laptop with a detachable display, the second generation of the Surface Go tablet computer, and an updated version of the Surface Headphones wireless headphones.
According to Microsoft, the Surface Book 3 has become 50% more productive than its predecessor. This is achieved through the use of new tenth-generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA graphics adapters. The laptop will be available in versions with 13.5 and 15-inch screens. It has up to 32 GB of RAM and a fast 1 or 2 TB SSD M.2 2280.
The 13.5-inch version of Surface Book 3 is available with an Intel Core i5-1035G7 processor and integrated Iris Plus graphics or with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q. the 15-inch model is equipped with a similar Intel Core i7 chip, but only with an NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q or Quadro RTX 3000 video card to choose from.
Of the connectors in Surface Book 3, there are two USB Type-A, one USB Type-C with USB Power Delivery 3.0 support, a full-size UHS-II SD card reader, and a Surface Connect port. The stated battery life is 16.5 hours.
The price of the Surface Book 3 starts at $1599 for the basic 13.5-inch model (from $1999 for the version with an NVIDIA video card). For the simplest 15-inch version, Microsoft asks from $2299, and if with an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 video card - from $3499.
Surface Book 3 will go on sale on May 21.
The second novelty was the Surface Go 2 tablet computer. Compared to the first generation, it received a 10.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1280 pixels (3:2) and an eighth-generation Intel Core M processor, which provides a 64-percent performance increase. Another important update is support for LTE and stereo microphones to improve audio quality during online conferences.
The most affordable version of the Surface Go 2 with an Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 64 GB eMMC drive will cost $399. The version with 8 + 128 GB will cost $549. The variant with Intel Core m3-8100Y, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB is priced at $629, and with LTE support - $729. The tablet is scheduled to start selling on May 21.
Along with computers, Microsoft introduced the new wireless headphones Surface Headphones 2. Like the first version, they use active noise reduction with the ability to adjust its effectiveness. The headphones feature 40mm Free Edge drivers and Bluetooth 5.0 with support for the Qualcomm aptX codec. The battery life has increased from 15 to 20 hours. The ear pads in the second version rotate 180 degrees, which allows you to conveniently wear them around your neck or fold them for transport.
The Surface Headphones 2 will be available in the United States from May 12 for $249.
Finally, Microsoft announced that the fully wireless Surface Earbuds announced last year will go on sale on May 12 at a price of $199.