Microsoft unveils its Surface Pro 6 alongside new Surface Laptop 2

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and the Surface Studio 2 at a big product event in New York City on Tuesday. All of the devices are available for pre-order today


Microsoft’s Surface lineup is getting a major refresh is the firm’s battle with Apple. 

The tech giant revealed its two latest models, the Surface Pro 6 and the Surface Laptop 2, at a big product launch event in New York City on Tuesday.

Both come in a new matte black colorway and pack updated processors that Microsoft says make the devices much faster than their predecessors.

The Surface Pro 6 starts at $899, while the Surface Laptop is priced at $999. They’re expected to ship out on October 16th and pre-orders start today.  

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and the Surface Studio 2 at a big product event in New York City on Tuesday. All of the devices are available for pre-order today

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and the Surface Studio 2 at a big product event in New York City on Tuesday. All of the devices are available for pre-order today

Microsoft upgraded the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 to feature Intel’s 8th-generation Core processors. 

This makes the Surface Laptop 2 85 percent speedier than previous models, while the Surface Pro 6 gets a 67 percent speed boost.   

The Surface Laptop 2 now gets 14.5 hours of battery life, while the Surface Pro 6 still gets a solid 13.5 hours on a single charge. 

As usual, the Surface Pro 6 maintains its part-tablet, part-laptop functionality, thanks to a full-friction hinge that enables ‘seamless transitions between Laptop Mode, Studio Mode, and Tablet Mode,’ according to Microsoft.  

Despite its internal upgrades, the Surface Pro 6 still looks largely the same. 

It still weighs 1.7lbs, features a 12.3-inch display and packs up to 16 gigabytes of RAM. 

The Surface Pro 6 maintains its part-tablet, part-laptop design, due to a full-friction hinge that enables 'seamless transitions between Laptop Mode, Studio Mode, and Tablet Mode'

The Surface Pro 6 maintains its part-tablet, part-laptop design, due to a full-friction hinge that enables 'seamless transitions between Laptop Mode, Studio Mode, and Tablet Mode'

The Surface Pro 6 maintains its part-tablet, part-laptop design, due to a full-friction hinge that enables ‘seamless transitions between Laptop Mode, Studio Mode, and Tablet Mode’

Despite its internal upgrades, the Surface Pro 6 still looks largely the same.

Despite its internal upgrades, the Surface Pro 6 still looks largely the same.

It still weighs 1.7lbs, features a 12.3-inch display and packs up to 16 gigabytes of RAM.

It still weighs 1.7lbs, features a 12.3-inch display and packs up to 16 gigabytes of RAM.

Despite its internal upgrades, the Surface Pro 6 still looks largely the same. It still weighs 1.7lbs, features a 12.3-inch display and packs up to 16 gigabytes of RAM

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

It still features a 13.5-inch display, but a revamped touchscreen has given it the ‘thinnest ever LCD’ display.    

The keyboard is covered in Microsoft’s ‘Signature Alcantara’ fabric, making it even quieter than before. 

The Surface Laptop 2 is available in black, burgundy, platinum and blue, while the Surface Pro 6 comes in black and platinum. 

Alongside the Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6, Microsoft also unveiled a new Surface Studio 2 – an update to its first Surface desktop computer, which launched in 2016. 

The Surface Laptop 2 is noticeably revamped, in more ways than the processor. It still features a 13.5-inch display, but a revamped touchscreen has given it the 'thinnest ever LCD' display

The Surface Laptop 2 is noticeably revamped, in more ways than the processor. It still features a 13.5-inch display, but a revamped touchscreen has given it the 'thinnest ever LCD' display

The Surface Laptop 2 is noticeably revamped, in more ways than the processor. It still features a 13.5-inch display, but a revamped touchscreen has given it the ‘thinnest ever LCD’ display

Alongside the Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6, Microsoft also unveiled a new Surface Studio 2 – an update to its first Surface desktop computer, which launched in 2016

Microsoft says this version features 50 percent more graphics performance, on top of being the ‘fastest Surface device ever made.’ 

It boasts a 28 inch display that’s said to be 38 percent brighter than the original Surface Studio, as well as 22 percent more contrast. 

It also includes a brand new Surface Pen with tilt sensability, as well as the Surface Dial controller with haptic feedback.

The Surface Studio 2 is available for pre-order starting today and is priced at $3,499. It’s expected to ship November 15th. 

Alongside new computers, Microsoft also surprised attendees by launching a pair of Surface Headphones. 

The Surface Headphones pack adjustable noise cancellation, automatic pause and play, which pauses the video a user is watching when they take the headphones off

The Surface Headphones pack adjustable noise cancellation, automatic pause and play, which pauses the video a user is watching when they take the headphones off

The Surface Headphones pack adjustable noise cancellation, automatic pause and play, which pauses the video a user is watching when they take the headphones off

Microsoft upgraded the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 to feature Intel's 8th-generation Core processors. This should result in significant speed boosts for both models

Microsoft upgraded the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 to feature Intel's 8th-generation Core processors. This should result in significant speed boosts for both models

Microsoft upgraded the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 to feature Intel’s 8th-generation Core processors. This should result in significant speed boosts for both models

The firm describes them as their ‘first premium and smart headphone experience.’

They pack adjustable noise cancellation, automatic pause and play, which pauses the video a user is watching when they take the headphones off. 

Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, is also built into the headphones. It can offer ‘proactive guidance, read you emails, or kick off your conference call,’ according to the firm. 

Surface Headphones start at $349 and are expected to launch later this year.

Microsoft also announced that the Windows 10 October Update will arriving for users later this month. 

WHAT’S COMING IN THE NEW WINDOWS 10 UPDATE?  

Microsoft launched a slew of new Surface products at its big hardware event in New York City. 

But it also announced some revamped features slated to roll out in the Windows 10 October Update. 

Microsoft will launch it for all Windows users beginning October 9th. 

The most exciting update appears to be the ‘Your Phone’ feature, which lets users mirror activity from their smartphone or PC, or vice versa.

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

Microsoft didn’t indicate whether or not it will ever make it available for iOS users. 

Users can mirror their smartphone activity onto their PC to access photos and even send text messages from their computer. 

What’s more, users can even send Snapchats from their PC using the ‘Your Phone’ tool. 

The update also brings a dark mode for File Explorer, making it easier on users who prefer to work at night. 

There’s also a new ‘Snip & Sketch’ feature that lets users capture and draw on screen captures.  



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