On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a range of new products, including surface go 2, Surface Book 3, Surface Headphones 2, and Surface Earbuds.
Both surfaces go 2 and Surface Book 3 is available in consumer and business versions.
Commercial versions of surface go 2 and Surface Book 3 is shipped in line with Windows 10 Pro and access to Microsoft Advanced Exchange, a warranty service that provides free fast device replacement services in supported markets.
Rob Enderle, the chief analyst at Enderle Group, said: “The two products are very different.
He told linkgame: “Go 2 is a high-value product – the high innovation of surface book 3.
“This is where weight, size, and connectivity make a big difference in many consumers’ purchasing decisions,” said Eric Smith, research director at Strategy Analytics. “When it comes to productivity, we expect the latest generation of Surface Book and Surface Go to continue to add to Microsoft’s market share.”
Surface Go 2 steps up
“Surface Go 2″ is Microsoft’s way of showing that Windows can still compete with the iPad in the removable segment without having to be a high-end or enterprise-class device,” Smith said.
He told TechNewsWorld that while both the iPad and iPad Air have original keyboard capabilities, they are providing stiff price competition for the Surface Go 2, but “productivity in Windows is still stronger than iPad OS.”
Microsoft Surface was originally positioned as an alternative to Apple and the Surface Go 2 “is the closest product to providing an attractive alternative to the iPad,” Enderle commented.
Surface Go 2 has a 10.5-inch PixelSense display, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, and a camera app to enable scanning of documents and whiteboards, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and Microsoft’s Studio Mics dual-microphone solution to improve voice clarity and reduce ambient noise for video chats.
Microsoft’s 10-finger multi-point touchscreen and Surface Pen.
Configurations range from the base model’s dual-core Intel Pentium processor, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and 64 GB of eMMC memory to the 8th generation Intel Core m3 processor of the top model, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of SSD storage.
Surface Go 2 has a USB-C port, Surface Connect port, microSDXC card reader, and headphone jack. It supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5. The top model provides an Advanced LTE connection.
The Type Cap must be purchased separately.
“Surface Go 2 Type Cover delivers a great keyboard and touchpad experience, based on everything we’ve learned over the years distributing Surface products,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said in comments provided by Lianna McCurdy to TechNewsWorld.
“WiFi 6 is a big step forward as 5G starts to evolve and consumers start comparing WiFi to faster speeds and lower latency over the next few years,” says Strategy Analytics’ Smith. “The option to add LTE Advanced also stands out as a way to provide real mobility in a fast-moving world that tends to work/learn from anywhere.”
The consumer version of Surface Go 2 comes with Windows 10 in S Mode, which restricts users from installing apps from the Microsoft Store. Buyers can make a one-time, irreversible conversion to the standard Windows 10.
Surface Book 3 Wows
Linn Huang, research director at IDC, said: “I am extremely excited by the announcement of surface book 3.
“Previously their most advanced GPU was the GTX 1060, which at the time was a solid gaming GPU but wouldn’t cut it for today’s performance,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Quadra’s capability overcomes all of that and I think it’s a product that can stimulate creative professionals and professional consumers.”
Surface Book 3 has a screen size of 13.5 and 15 inches.
The 13.5-inch version has four consumer models and one commercial model, and the 15-inch version has several services in both categories.
Consumer versions of the 13.5-inch Surface Book 3 have a 10th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, 8-32 GB of RAM, and storage from 256 GB to 1 TB. The base model has an integrated GPU and other models with removable GPUs.
The commercial version has a 10th generation i5 CPU with 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a removable GPU.
The 15-inch Surface Book 3 also comes in consumer and commercial versions, both with 16-32 GB of RAM, 256 GB to 2 TB of storage, and a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU or Nvidia’s Quadra RTX 3000.
Enderle said: “This is an impressively wide-width modular computer from a low-power tablet to a high-power mobile workstation.
Microsoft covers all facilities with the impressive surface formation
Depending on the configuration, the Surface Book 3″ has a lot of performance in a small package. Outstanding battery life and performance. Usually, when you achieve such high performance, the battery life will be very bad,” he noted.
“This is also one of the more innovative designs in the segment,” Enderle continued. Art creators can “vigorously create content on it as a laptop and then conveniently introduce it as a tablet.”
Surface Book 3 models have a USB-C port, two USB-A ports, two Surface Connect ports, and a headphone jack.
They support WiFi6 and Bluetooth 5 and have 1080p front and rear cameras. The battery life is 15.5 hours for the 13.5-inch version and 17.5 hours for the 15-inch version.
The 15-inch version with the GeForce GTX GPU can play the top Xbox Game Pass for PC titles at 1080p at 60 frames per second, Microsoft said. Quadro RTX GPU is aimed at commercial customers and higher education institutions.
Radio exploration, radio exploration
With 13 levels of ambient noise control, Surface Headphones 2 functions equivalent to closing the office to focus without being distracted, Microsoft suggests.
This ability can be especially attractive for those who work from home during an epidemic, sharing space with their room, children, important people, or pets.
Active noise cancellation can be adjusted through rotating buttons on the ears. Users can adjust the headset not only to block but also to amplify the human voice when a situation occurs.
Both sound quality and battery life are improved compared to the previous model. A design update allows the cocktail to rotate 180 degrees for greater comfort when worn around the user’s neck.
Stay connected on the go
Surface Earbuds provides a more reasonable option for users who want to flexibly listen to music or make phone calls while working multitasks and maintain awareness of their surroundings.
Touch controls allow you to do things like start a call or change a song without taking your phone out.
Microsoft says earbud headphones offer rich, vivid Omnisonic audio.
Users can play Spotify from an Android phone by tapping three times on either headset.
Screen-free integration with Microsoft 365 provides access to email with Play My Emails in Outlook Mobile App for iOS, as well as predictability in Word, Outlook, or PowerPoint.
A wireless charging box is included.
Surface Go 2 will be available on May 12 in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and other markets there later.
Prices will range from US$400 to US$730 for the top model for the consumer version and $450 to $880 for the commercial version.
The educational version, which is an offshoot of the commercial line, costs between $500 and $550.
Enderle said that the price of the Surface Go 2 is “very powerful, delivers strong value and screen size making it much more useful than its predecessor”.
Prices for the consumer version of the 13.5-inch Surface Book 3 range from $1,600 to $2,700. The commercial version was listed at $1,700.
The consumer version of the 15-inch model starts at $2,300 and rises to $3,400. The commercial version starts at $2,400 and rises to $3,700.
The 13.5-inch Surface Book 3 will hit the market on May 21 in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. It will launch in other markets later.
The 15-inch Surface Book 3 will hit the market on May 21 in North America and hit other markets later.
Surface Headphones 2 will be available for $249 starting May 12.
For $199, Surface Earbuds will be available starting May 12.