Pandemics, pandemics, business apart: the world may be basically paralyzed by the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), but that hasn’t stopped tech giants from following through with their respective launch schedules: Apple, for example, has already put a series of new products on the market, including iPad Pro, MacBooks Air and Pro and iPhone SE.
Samsung, Xiaomi and Huawei also presented news in recent weeks. Now, it was the Microsoft.
Surface Go 2
The first novelty of the Redmond giant is the Surface Go 2, the successor to the company’s “entry” tablet. Here we have a slight increase in screen size (10.5 inches, half an inch more than before), which does not change the size of the device itself – with this, accessories from the previous generation, such as keyboard cases, continue to work .
The general design of the device is the same, with the already iconic support that “folds” and allows you to use the tablet at different angles. As before, we have a single USB-C port, the Surface Connect port (for charging and connecting peripherals) and a microSDXC card reader. As a novelty, we have the addition of “studio microphones” and a larger battery, which should guarantee up to 10 hours of use away from the outlet.
We have some configuration options: the entry model, which costs $ 400, is equipped with an Intel Pentium Gold processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage; per $ 550, RAM and storage (which becomes SSD) double to 8GB and 128GB, respectively.
The most expensive version of $ 630, changes the processor to an 8th generation Core m3 – which, according to Microsoft, brings performance 64% higher than the previous generation; the most expensive models of the device will also be sold in LTE versions, for a higher price.
The Surface Go 2 will go on sale the next 12 in several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal – nothing from Brazil, as usual.
Surface Book 3
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s beautiful design exercise on hybrid laptops has gained a third generation. THE Surface Book 3 maintains the same unusual look as its predecessors, with segmented hinge and detachable screen, but promptly updates its internal components – according to Microsoft, this is the most powerful notebook ever made.
Here we have options of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors of the tenth generation, such as the new more expensive MacBooks Pro, as well as dedicated graphics cards: NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX models, with 4GB (in the 13.5-inch model) or 6GB of memory (not 15 inches). According to Microsoft, the larger model is capable of running the most demanding Xbox Game Pass titles at 1080p and 60 frames per second.
Computers hold up to 32GB of RAM, and include the “fastest SSDs on the market”, up to 2TB, in addition to offering an extra half-hour of battery life. The audio is Dolby Atmos, and we already support Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. Unfortunately, Microsoft continues to wrinkle its nose at the Thunderbolt 3, so no quick connections on the laptop.
The two versions of Surface Book 3 are already in pre-order and will hit northern hemisphere markets on the 21st; the 13.5 inch model starts from $ 1,600, while the 15-inch version runs for at least $ 2,300.
Surface Headphones 2
We also have a new generation of headphones from Big M – now, with a significantly reduced price and the same skills brought by the previous model.
The Surface Headphones 2 promise even better sound quality, active noise cancellation (no less than 13 different levels) and up to 20 hours of battery life, with cancellation enabled. All this for $ 250, 100 dollars less than its predecessor.
The design of the headphones is still very similar to that of the previous generation, with its ear pads over-ear and the rotary controls at each end (one to change playback volume, the other to control noise cancellation).
The accessories are already in pre-order, and will arrive in the northern hemisphere on the next 12th.
Finally, we have already talked about Surface Earbuds – AirPods Pro competitors introduced more than six months ago, with quick access to Microsoft 365, quick pairing on Android and Windows 10, 8 hours of battery life (or 24 hours with case charge) and touch-sensitive controls (but without active noise cancellation).
For today, finally, the company announced its availability: the headphones will hit the market on the 12th, for a lower price than originally announced: the Surface Earbuds will cost $ 200, 50 dollars less than expected.
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