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Microsoft Releases Next-Gen Surface Devices

Microsoft has announced its new range of Surface devices including the Surface Studio 2 desktop, Surface Pro 6 tablet, and the Surface 2 Laptop.

The Surface Studio 2 all-in-one Windows 10 desktop PC offers improved graphics performance and Microsoft claims it’s the fastest Surface device ever made.

Like the previous iteration, it has a 28-inch display and USB-C support, but has upgraded to an 8th-generation Intel Quad Core i7 CPUs and 2 TB solid-state drive (SSD).

Depending on which model you purchase, it has NVIDIA GeForce GTXl 1060 or 1070 graphics hardware. Microsoft claims the new screen has “38 per cent higher luminance and 22 per cent more contrast” thanks to a different transistor, with a smaller pixel but greater aperture.

It’s available for preorder, aiming to ship by November 15 with a starting price of at US$3,499/AU$5,499.00 incl. GST.

Microsoft also made the leap to the latest 8th-gen Intel Quad Core processor for the Surface Pro 6 tablet, and they claim that it is more than 67% faster than its predecessor.

The design is similar to the previous model with Windows 10 and 12.3-inch display, this model will be available with options of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD.

The Surface Pro 6 is available for preorder with a starting price of US$899/AU$1,349.00, with an optional US$129 keyboard accessory to transform it to a lightweight touchscreen laptop. Shipping October 16.

The Surface Laptop 2 comes with faster and quieter typing and up to 14.5 hours of battery life, according to Microsoft.

Like the other Surface devices released, it too has the quad-core 8th-gen Core CPU, according to Microsoft, 85% faster than its predecessor.

The Surface 2 has a signature keyboard, with 1.5mm of key travel and features Instant On and Windows Hello.

The 13.5-inch touch display offers 3.4 million pixels with excellent contrast ratio.It offers similar specs to the previous version with up to 16GB of memory and up to 1TB of storage.

Starting from US$999/AU$1,499.00 available to preorder now. Shipping October 16.

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