At an auditorium in New York City Wednesday, Microsoft’s (sometimes creepily intense) chief product officer, Panos Panay, introduced viewers to a plethora of new and upcoming gizmos from Windows.
We got retooled computers! Earbuds with a funny shape! A new foldable tablet and phone! It was … a lot.
With Surface we are reimagining every layer of the tech stack – from how we infuse AI from the silicon up, to device form factors and the role of operating systems – to put people at the center and empower them to create the world we want to live in. https://t.co/evyoCykBwV
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) October 2, 2019
Here’s all the crazy stuff Microsoft revealed today.
Meet the Surface Duo: a dual-screen, foldable device not *much* bigger than your hand. Microsoft didn’t outright call this a new phone, but that’s basically what it is. It has an Android operating system, and its two screens can run separate apps, or one app across both screens at the same time. Come the 2020 holiday season (when this puppy is scheduled to debut), Samsung might want to keep a look out.
Microsoft’s AirPods competitor are big, round, and — with their resemblance to goth-y ear gauges — some could even call them XhardXcoreX. The Surface Earbuds have all sorts of neat integrations with Android and Windows products (like PowerPoint), including gesture control. But they’ll cost you $249, a hundred bucks more than AirPods.
Microsoft’s Surface Neo is kind of like the bigger sibling of the Duo. It also folds and has dual screens that work in concert with each other. One of the cooler features is the magnetically attached bluetooth keyboard. When placed over one of the screens, a long touch bar at the top allows for responsive shortcuts and a touchpad. But it can also function as another screen itself. You’ll have to wait until the 2020 holidays for the Neo.
Microsoft’s latest laptop, its Surface Laptop 3, boasts impressive processing speed and, with removable component parts, more serviceability. Plus, it comes in two sizes (13-inch and 15-inch), and a fancy Sandstone finish.
If you’re not a laptop person or a tablet person, the Surface Pro devices, which are something like a laptop-tablet hybrid that combine an ultra-thin screen with a magnetic keyboard, are an attractive option. This season, Microsoft is offering the newest version of its Surface, the Surface Pro 7, as well as a more powerful Surface Pro X.
The X comes with a custom Qualcomm designed chip, USB-C ports, and a slot for a Surface Pen. Both are thin, light, and portable, if you’re into that sort of thing.