All leaks leading up to Microsoft’s big Surface event on Wednesday indicated that the company would unveil several new products in time for the release of Windows 11. The Surface Laptop Studio is rumored to be Microsoft’s latest flagship, replacing the Surface Book. . The Surface Pro 8 and Surface Go 3 would be brand new 2-in-1s ready to support the new operating system. Finally, a significantly improved Surface Duo 2 smartphone would complement these devices, giving buyers all of the features missing from the first-generation dual-screen Android handset.
Microsoft delivered all of this at the press event, releasing an additional Surface Pro X update for those who like to run Windows 11 on ARM. Most of these products are available for pre-order, and most of them will ship in time for Windows 11, which is slated for October 5.
All new Surface Windows 11 tablets / laptops have a few things in common, aside from support for Windows 11. Microsoft has used the latest 11th gen Intel chips on the Studio Laptop and Pro 8, with the 10th gen powering the affordable Go 3 model. They feature high-resolution PixelSense touchscreens, and the more expensive models have USB-C ports, but not all of them support Thunderbolt 4.
Surface Laptop Studio: Microsoft’s flagship Windows 11 laptop
Microsoft ditched the Surface Book in favor of a new design. We’re looking at a MacBook Pro-like device with an odd-looking base. The 14.4-inch, 120Hz display is where the action happens. You can use the screen in standard laptop mode or bring it forward, just like you would with Studio Desktop. The hinge allows you to turn the device into a tablet.
Microsoft also says it’s the most powerful Surface ever, so this is the Surface you’ll want if your Windows 11 experience demands more power. The Surface Laptop Studio starts at $ 1,599.99.
Surface Pro 8: The Most Powerful Surface Tablet
The second most powerful new Surface in Microsoft’s 2021 lineup is the Surface Pro 8. Its primary function is to be a 13-inch Windows 11 tablet. But, like its predecessors, it will work well with Type Cover keyboards and the Surface Slip Pen 2.
The 2-in-1’s PixelSense display also supports refresh rates of 120Hz and comes with an estimated 16-hour battery life. The Surface Pro 8 also packs four Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports, a feature many Surface fans have been waiting for.
The device starts at $ 1,099.99.
Surface Go 3: Windows 11 on a budget
If you’re looking for a new entry-level Microsoft device that can run Windows 11 out of the box, the Surface Go 3 should do it. It has a 10th generation Intel Core i3 processor which is 60% faster than before. The Surface Go 3 also supports all-day battery life, according to Microsoft. Like other Windows 11 devices, it works well with a keyboard and stylus accessory. But they cost more, as is the case with Surface Pro 8 accessories.
That said, the 10.5-inch Surface Go 3 Pro Wi-Fi starts at $ 399.99. An LTE compatible version will be available at a later date.
Surface Duo 2: Microsoft’s first true flagship for Android
The design and build quality of the Surface Duo are basically the features people loved in Microsoft’s first Android handset. Everything else? Not really. But the Surface Duo 2 solves all the problems with the original model.
Microsoft has reiterated the design and improved the specifications. The new Snapdragon 888 processor powers the Android handset. The Surface Duo 2 comes with a triple-lens camera on the back, stereo sound, and support for contactless payments (NFC).
The Duo 2 starts at $ 1,499.99, and it’s also available for pre-order today. But it won’t hit stores until October 21.