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Microsoft's new Surface Headphones were years in the making

03 October 2018

"With this update, we'll be bringing new features and enhancements to the almost 700 million devices running Windows 10 that help people make the most of their time", Roanne Sones, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft wrote in a blog post last month. Having been criticized roundly in 2017 for offering a minor update to the Surface Pro 4 with the Surface Pro (2017), Microsoft is more-or-less doing exactly the same thing again, at least as far as the physical chassis and design are concerned. Those include the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, along with the Surface Studio 2 and the surprise unveiling of the Surface Headphones.

The company introduced the Surface in 2012 and has steadily added more products under that brand name, including the Surface Studio all-in-one PC and Surface Laptop clamshell device.

The new Surface Headphones
The new Surface

Designed in-house over three years, the Surface Headphones evolved on the inside and changed shape on the outside many times before turning into the final product that will ship this holiday season (initially in the United States only). The company may also bring the successor to the Surface Laptop that debuted in May previous year and was launched in India last month.

Externally, the only difference, according to WinFuture, is the addition of a new black model to the Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 - which I suppose means we're back to model numbers? As expected, there is no USB-C port on this model, which is surprising, to say the least given that Microsoft recently unveiled the Surface Go affordable tablet with a USB-C port. The new devices should pack Intel's 8th generation processors, but we'll find out more later today. Also, there will be other variants with 16GB of RAM, paired with 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage. Among all the Surface devices, only the Surface Book 2 comes with a USB Type-C port built in.

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It will support phones running Android 7.0 or Google's mobile operating system.

Preorders are now live for the Surface Studio 2, with prices starting at a whopping $3,499. Users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Home for free, but not to Windows 10 Professional.

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In all, Microsoft showed off four new Surface products. Today, Surface Pro is now Surface Pro 6, meaning they've made a decision to go back to numbering.

By contrast, the Surface Laptop 2 is noticeably revamped, in more ways than just the processor.

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Microsoft's new Surface Headphones were years in the making