Microsoft’s 2019 Surface Event has wrapped up and there were some big announcements from the event. The company announced close to 10 new products, including the surprising Surface Duo phone that runs Android. Here are the biggest announcements from Microsoft’s 2019 Surface Event:
Windows 10x: Microsoft has developed a new version of Windows 10 called Windows 10X. It will be like a Lite version of Windows 10. It’s made specifically for multiscreen devices. Microsoft says that it can run all apps, and it must be expecting an influx of devices like these to hit the market.
Surface Duo: Microsoft has announced an Android-powered foldable tablet. It’s smaller, has phone functionality, and since it runs on Android, it has access to the Google Play Store. The Duo has two 5.6-inch displays merged by a 360-degree hinge. It allows great cross-functionality between Windows 10 and Android. It will be released in 2020.
Surface Neo: The big surprise of this event is Microsoft’s new Surface Neo. It’s a multiscreen device that features two 9-inch displays held together by a sturdy 360-degree hinge. However, the screen isn’t foldable. Microsoft has engineered a new keyboard for the Neo that can rest on top of the display. Microsoft says that this product is still in development, and it’s targeting a holiday 2020 release date.
Surface Pro X: Microsoft announced the Surface Pro X, a 13-inch 2-in-1 that takes the basic formula of the Surface tablet and refines it. The bezels are smaller, it runs Windows 10, and the Type Cover seems to have a dedicated spot for the Surface Pen. It’s powered by Microsoft’s custom SQ1 chipset, which is ARM-based and allows for LTE connectivity.
Surface Earbuds: Microsoft introduced the Surface Earbuds, a set of truly wireless headphones that offer up to 24 hours of battery life with its charging case. These feature what it calls omnisonic sound and a directional dual-array microphone. But they also have tight Office integration and allow you to advance slides in PowerPoint.
Surface Pro 7: The latest iteration of Microsoft’s tablet-meets-laptop gets a big upgrade this year. It charges via USB-C instead of the proprietary Surface Connector the company has used with most of its previous Surface computers. The Surface Pro 7 also has Intel’s 10th Gen processor. The device is now available for pre-order.
Surface Laptop 3: The next iteration of the Surface Laptop will be available in 13- and 15-inch models. It will arrive with Intel 10th Gen quad-core Ice Lake processors with Iris Plus graphics, and Microsoft says that this product is three times faster than Apple’s current MacBook Air. Microsoft worked with AMD to co-engineer the new Ryzen Surface Edition processor in its 15-inch Surface Laptop 3.