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Microsoft announces Surface Laptop 6, Surface Pro 9 and Surface Studio 2 Plus

Microsoft held a live launch event on Wednesday where the company announced three new Microsoft Surface computers, along with other Windows 11 updates, new AI platforms for creativity, and an audio dock that also doubles as a USB-C hub. .

The interesting offering here is the Surface Pro 9, which comes in ARM and Intel variants. With this device, Microsoft is strengthening ARM support for Windows 11, dispelling any concerns you may have about running apps on Windows 11 for ARM.

The Surface Studio 2 Plus is an updated version of the Studio 2 that launched in 2018 with updated internals, more Thunderbolt 4 ports, and improved graphics performance.

Meanwhile, the Surface Laptop 5 mostly receives internal updates, and like the Surface Pro 9, there are more colors to choose from, including Platinum, Sage, Black, and Sandstone. The 13.5-inch model has an Alcantara keyboard finish.

Surface Pro 9

Surface Pro 9 sees the biggest updates this year. In addition to selling the ARM and Intel variants of the new Surface Pro model, it also offers new color options, as well as matching Type Covers. The ARM variant is powered by Qualcomm SQ3 and also supports 5G connectivity.

Both variants will support Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6E, but the Qualcomm version features much more connectivity, including support for GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou positioning systems, nanoSIM and eSIM support, Sub-6 GHz/ mmWave 5G (mmWave is US only), as well as LTE support.

There’s a 13-inch PixeSense Flow display (2880 x 1920 px; 3:2 aspect) with support for a 120Hz refresh rate, compatible with the Surface Pen Slim 2. There’s a place where the Stylus can be stored (and charged) right between Surface Machine where it comes with a type cover.

The Intel-powered Surface Pro 9 can be configured with a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1235U or Core i7-1255U processor. Storage options start at 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon SQ3 launch features a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that takes advantage of some new front camera features including auto-framing, super resolution enhancement and there is also a new noise reduction implementation similar to those developed by Discord and Nvidia.

Battery life is rated very differently between the two models. The Intel version is rated for up to 15.5 hours of use, while the 5G Snapdragon variant is rated for up to 19 hours of battery life. Another difference is USB-C support. While the 5G variant has 2 Thunderbolt 3.2 ports, the Intel version uses two Thunderbolt 4 ports.

The Intel model uses LPDDR5 RAM: 8GB, 16GB or 32GB The 5G variant comes with 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM. While this model can be configured with up to 512GB of storage, the Intel model gets up to 1TB.

Liberty Surface Pro 9 Special Edition

The Surface Pro 9 starts at $999 with an Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The Intel i7 version starts at $1,599 and the 5G model will start at $1,299. If you want a type cover, you’ll need to add $279 to the Surface Pro 9 price.

Surface Studio 2 Plus

The last time Microsoft announced a Surface Studio was in 2018 with the Studio 2. A new updated model is coming, with almost the same look on the outside. Most of the updates come from the internal hardware.

There is a capable 11th Gen Intel i7-11370H processor and the mobile version of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 with 6GB of dedicated video memory, there is 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and 1TB of onboard storage.

The 28-inch Pixel Sense display supports sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces and features a 3:2 aspect ratio with a resolution of 4500 x 3000 px. There is also support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

The all-in-one desktop features three USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports that support up to 3 external 4K displays, two USB-A 3.1 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a gigabit Ethernet port.

Surface Studio 2 Plus comes with Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard, Surface Mouse, and power cable. There is only one Surface Studio 2 Plus configuration, and it costs a whopping $4,499, aimed at business and business customers.

Surface Laptop 5

The Surface Laptop 5 receives a modest update with updated processors. The 13.5-inch model comes with Intel Core i5-1235U or Intel Core i7-1255U processors. Meanwhile, the 15-inch version is only available in Core i7-1255U configuration. All models come with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of LPDDR5x RAM and up to 1TB of storage.

The 13.5-inch version is rated for up to 18 hours of “typical device use,” while the 15-inch version is rated for 17 hours of “typical device use.” Both displays have a 3:2 aspect ratio and are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 (Gorilla Glass 3 if you opt for the Alcantara version of the laptop).

Surface laptops are equipped with a USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB-A port, a Surface Connect port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Surface Pro Laptop 5 starts at $999 for the 13.5-inch variant, but only in the Platinum color option. The base model gets 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Meanwhile, the 15-inch Surface Laptop 5 starts at $1,299 with the same amount of RAM and storage.

All new Microsoft Surface computers begin shipping on October 25.

Microsoft Audio Docking Station

Microsoft Audio Dock is a speaker system that also doubles as a USB-C hub for any laptop. There’s a 20W speaker and a 5W subwoofer. It has powerful omnidirectional microphones so you can hold meetings, and there are two huge buttons on the top of the unit. One is a dedicated button that launches Microsoft Teams and the other is a microphone switch. Even if you don’t use Windows or Teams, the audio dock is also compatible with macOS and works with other conferencing apps.

The audio dock also has an HDMI output for external monitor support, two USB-C ports, and one USB-A port. There are also dedicated volume and playback controls on the top. The Audio Dock will retail for $250 and, like all other Surface hardware, will go on sale on October 25.

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