Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones: Everything Microsoft just announced
Plus: Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now available.
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Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay said the Surface Pro 6 is 67 percent more powerful than the previous model, 2017's Surface Pro, and will start at $899. The Surface Pro 6 will also start at £879 in the UK and AU$1,349 in Australia.
The Surface Laptop 2 will start at $999. UK and Australia pricing wasn't immediately available, but converts roughly to £770 and AU$1,390.
Both will be available on Oct. 16. As expected, the new models are mostly modest spec refreshes and some new colors, including matte black. Anyone looking for radical redesigns -- or even the addition of USB-C -- will need to wait for 2019, at least.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was the unveiling of new noise-cancelling headphones. The new Surface Headphones are full-on Bose competitors, with active noise cancellation and a hefty price tag of $350. The headphones will be launched in the US only at first, but the $350 price roughly converts to £270 and AU$485. The key specs, according to Microsoft:
Weight: 10.2 ounces (290 grams)
40mm Free Edge drivers
Easily adjust volume and noise cancellation levels with new, intuitive on-ear dials
13 different ambient sound levels allow you to let in or keep out as much noise as you want
Compatibility: Windows 10, iOS, Android and MacOS
Head detection automatically pauses the music or mutes calls when you remove them and restarts them again when you're ready
Designed with Skype in mind, there are two beamforming microphones on each earcup to focus on the sounds you want to capture for excellent call experiences
Connect Surface Headphones to your Windows 10 PC right out of the box by enabling Swift Pair
Up to 15 hours with Bluetooth, Active Noise Cancellation and Cortana on
Up to 50 hours in wired mode with Bluetooth off and Active Noise Cancellation on
Fast-charging feature gives you an hour of music playback with just 5 minutes of charging (fully charges in less than two hours)
Cortana is ready to assist when you need with hands-free activation. Ask Cortana to play your favorite song, set a reminder, make a call or get answers to questions
Carrying case included
Price: $350 (at launch, the Surface Headphones will only be available in the US)
Shipping: Later in 2018
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