announced several new Surface devices at an event in
Manhattan on Tuesday, saying the computers have faster
speeds and longer battery lives.
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.
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.
people creating on this product like never before,”
chief product office Panos Panay said from the stage
Tuesday. “But they need more power.”
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.
Surface line has been a success for the company for the
last few years, even while PC sales had faltered.
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.
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.
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.
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.