Microsoft has announced new additions to its Surface-series of laptops and also the second-generation Surface Headphones. The main attractions were the new Surface Book 3 and the Surface Go 2. While the former has a largely unchanged design from the previous generation, the latter sports a bigger display on the same footprint as the previous generation. Here is all that is new with both the devices.
Surface Book 3: Price, design, and specs
Powered by the latest 10th-gen Intel CPUs, the Surface Book 3 comes in two screen sizes which are 13.5-inch and 15-inch. The base model for the former starts at $1,599 (about Rs 1,21,000) with configurations ranging from i5 to i7 processors along with an additional option of including an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU which bumps up the starting cost to $1,999. The 15-inch version is present only with the i7 processor with GPU options ranging from Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti and Quadro RTX 3000 GPUs.
As far as RAM and storage options go, the Surface Book 3 can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of PCIe NVMe SSDs. There is no Thunderbolt 3 support but you do get two full-size USB-A ports, a USB-C port, a card reader, and a Surface Connect port. The design, keyboard, and trackpad on the Surface Book 3 remain the same as they were on the previous-gen. The shipping of the device will begin in the US and Canada from 21st May.
Surface Go 2: Price, design, and specs
Microsoft’s 2-in-1 laptop was unveiled last year at the Surface event and is currently the smallest tablet in the Surface-series. The device gets a larger 10.5-inch touchscreen display while the footprint remains the same as the bezels surrounding the screen have been shrunk. Resolution for the display happens to 1920 x 1280 with the aspect ratio still being 3:2.
As a base option for the Surface Go 2, there is a Pentium Gold CPU which will set up back $399 but an upgraded Intel 8th M3 CPU option with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD is also present for $629. Further, if you opt for an LTE model of the M3 version, it will cost $799 The keyboard Type cover is being sold separately for $99.
Surface Headphones 2: Price, design, and specs
Like the previous generation, the new Surface Headphones 2.0 also comes with Active Noise Cancellation feature which can be adjusted with 13 levels of ambient noise control. The headphones are said to come with 20 hours of battery life and the noise cancellation can even be adjusted through the physical on-ear dials. The ear cup design has been updated to rotate to 180-degrees for added comfort when the headphones are dangling around the neck. A new Black colour option for the device has been added alongside the original Platinum option. The Surface Headphones 2 have been priced at $249 and they will start shipping in the US and Canada from 12 May onwards.