Last year Microsoft released a pair of. This year it's jumping on the true wireless bandwagon with its . While we're awaiting more info and a full list of specs, what we do know is that they'll be released in time for the holidays and cost $249. At its on Wednesday, the company touted the Surface Earbuds' comfortable fit, tap-and-swipe controls that allow you to access Spotify playlists without touching your phone (for Android users) and on-the-fly translation capabilities, with support for 60 languages.
The event also saw the launch of thedual-screen Android phone, dual-screen tablet and software for dual-screen devices. More conventional new products included the , tablets and the .
As far as the Earbuds go, they have an open design, much like Apple's AirPods, but look almost like earrings on the outside with a disc-shaped exterior -- think, but without the cord. They also feature integration with Microsoft Office apps.
As for battery life, Microsoft says the Surface Earbuds deliver a healthy 8 hours of battery life from a single charge and the charging case (with USB-C charging) provides an additional three charges. They're slash-resistant, with an IPX4 rating.
Last week, Amazon announced its new true wireless($130) with integrated Alexa support. The Surface Earbuds' $249 price tag puts them in premium territory, so they better sound very good and be stellar for making calls. According to Microsoft, each earbud is equipped with "custom-designed drivers that are precisely tuned to deliver an exceptional acoustic experience" along with two microphones to "deliver exceptional voice recognition and call quality."
I'll post a full review of the Surface Earbuds when they're released later this year.