On October 2, 2019, Microsoft announced the new Surface lineups in its annual event. The tech giant unveiled a bunch of new devices and updates to its existing Surface Laptop and Surface Pro lines. It also introduced its first ARM-powered Surface Pro and two dual-screen devices -- one is the first dual-screen smartphone ever in Microsoft's history. As we all know that Microsoft stepped into the audio industry years ago by unveiling the Surface Headphone, and this year is another year for Microsoft to bring another to show us -- it is Surface Earbuds, truly wireless smart earbuds.
Surface Laptop 3
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 looks like its predecessor, however, it's really a major revision with a 15-inch AMD-powered model and also 10th-gen Intel Ice Lake Core processors in the 13.5-inch system. You'll also find a host of refinements that include fast charging, USB-A, and removing of display port by replacing with USB-C ports, a serviceable chassis, and far-field microphones to aid voice recognition. As an announcement in its event, the new PCs are expected to arrive October 22, 2019, starting at $999 for the 13.5-inch variant and $1,199 for its larger edition.
Surface Pro 7
Microsoft's venerable Surface Pro tablet got a mostly welcome update as well. The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 makes the leap to 10th-gen Intel chips, USB-C along with USB A port, and more powerful microphones, although some may not be thrilled by battery life shrinking from a claimed 13 to 10 hours. The starting price is dropping, though, as the Surface Pro 7 will start at $749 when it ships on October 22, 2019.
Surface Pro X
Now the Surface Pro line includes a model with a mobile chip inside, and it rethinks many aspects of what you'd expect from the company's two-in-one tablets. The 13-inch Surface Pro X runs on a custom, Snapdragon-influenced SQ1 processor that allows for an extremely slim and light body even though it packs LTE connectivity. There's a Slim Pen that charges in the tablet's keyboard cover, too. The Pro X arrives November 5, 2019, starting at $999.
After introducing over-ear headphones in 2018, Microsoft has hopped on the true wireless bandwagon with the Surface Earbuds. They charge in a portable case as you'd expect, but they also have touch controls that enable native Spotify control and Office 365 tie-ins. It can automatically caption what you're saying in a PowerPoint presentation or help you check Outlook email. They ship during the holiday season for $249.
The company hopes to usher in a future of dual-screen PCs with the Surface Neo. The folding Windows tablet packs two 9-inch screens that combine into a 13-inch area that helps with multitasking. And if you need to type a long message, there's a compact, wirelessly charging keyboard that effectively turns the Neo into a laptop. This is the first known device to use Intel's Lakefield processor, and it'll be the flagship hardware for Windows 10X which is the only software introduced at the event and is an operating system built for dual-screen PCs. Windows 10X is considerably more efficient than standard Windows and sports an interface optimized for dual screens, including more elegant app placement and a more touch-friendly Start menu. It'll arrive alongside the Surface Neo and other dual-screen PCs. You'll be waiting a while to try this new Surface Neo with its new Windows 10X, though, as it won't ship until holiday 2020.
Another big thing comes again and the leaks didn't reveal. Microsoft is making a phone again, and it's not running Windows Phone. The Surface Duo will run Android across two 5.6-inch screens that provide a total of 8.3 inches of space for multitasking or comfortable thumb typing. It can fold 360 degrees to help you take a phone call, too. The Snapdragon 855 currently inside is powerful enough at the moment, although it may feel old if it's still in the finished Duo shipping in holiday 2020.