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Microsoft unveils new Surface devices, including headphones

Oct. 8, 2018


Microsoft announced several new Surface devices at an event in Manhattan on Tuesday, saying the computers have faster speeds and longer battery lives.

The big surprise at the company’s fall devices event was not a computer at all, but Surface headphones, which feature 13 levels of noise canceling technology. The ear-covering headphones don’t yet have a for-sale date — the company will say only they are coming “soon.” They’ll be priced at $349.

Microsoft also unveiled its second Surface Studio 2, a follow-up to the desktop computer made for creative types and engineers that the company released in 2016.

“We see people creating on this product like never before,” chief product office Panos Panay said from the stage Tuesday. “But they need more power.”

That’s the goal behind the Surface Studio 2, which has new pixel technology to make the screen brighter and graphics technology to boost its speed. The desktop is also “coming soon,” and will start at $3,499.

Microsoft’s Surface line has been a success for the company for the last few years, even while PC sales had faltered.

Revenue from Surface devices increased 16 percent during the company’s fiscal year, which ended this summer. Sales from the company’s “more personal computing” division, which includes Surface sales as well as gaming and some Windows revenue, was $42.3 billion during Microsoft’s last year.

The Surface Pro 6, the latest in Microsoft’s tablet-and-laptop-in-one line will go on sale Oct. 16 and starts at $899. It pledges to be 67 percent more powerful than the previous version of the Surface Pro, announced last year.

The biggest outward change is the color — both the Surface Pro 6 and the newly announced Surface Laptop 2 will now be available in black, a shift from the signature silver and the first time Microsoft has offered a Surface device in black for six years.

The Surface Laptop 2 also boasts a 13.5-hour battery life and faster speeds than its predecessor. It can be preordered today and will start at $999.

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McClatchy-Tribune Information Services