Attention Apple: Microsoft has just made its Surface line better than ever!
Microsoft has announced several important updates to its Surface line, namely the new Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio and Surface Duo 2. The new Surface laptops are set to become some of the best laptops for photographers, while the Surface Duo 2 phone could finally give Microsoft a spot on our best camera phone list.
Surface Pro 8
The Surface Pro 8 is the latest version of Microsoft’s 2-in-1 detachable tablet, where the computer takes the form of a tablet that can be attached to a clip-on keyboard to transform into a more conventional laptop. However, unlike a tablet, the Surface Pro 8 runs full PC hardware, like the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, enabling Thunderbolt 4 connectivity through two USB Type-C ports (Type-A devices will now require an adapter plug in). Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 are also supported, while a good old 3.5mm audio port rounds out the connectivity options.
Microsoft has also improved the display specifications of the Surface Pro 8. The new 13 “PixelSense Flow screen is larger than the 12.3” screen of the ‘Pro 7, and the resolution has been increased to 2880 x 1920 for better performance. pixel density of 267 ppi. The screen also gets a silky 120Hz refresh rate, although it can operate at lower frame rates to maximize battery life if needed. Support for Dolby Vision allows HDR content to be displayed, and the screen is touch-sensitive for touch or stylus input, as it’s compatible with Microsoft’s new Surface Slim Pen 2. Microsoft has also outfitted the Surface Pro 8 with a 5MP front camera capable of 1080p video recording, plus there’s a 4K compatible 10MP rear camera.
Expect to pay $ 1,099 for a base quad-core Intel Core i5 machine with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, and up to $ 2,599 for a Core i7 Surface Pro 8 with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.
Surface Laptop Studio
Microsoft also unveiled a brand new Surface product: Surface Laptop Studio. Positioned to replace the Surface Book, Surface Laptop Studio is another 2-in-1 convertible tablet / laptop, but more like a high-end laptop, albeit with a unique party piece. Taking inspiration from the existing Microsoft Surface Studio desktop computer, the Surface Laptop Studio display is mounted to the rest of the laptop via a smart “dynamic woven hinge” that allows it to fold over the keyboard and back. touchpad to look like an almost flat. drawing surface.
Alternatively, you can configure the screen to cover only the keyboard, with the touchpad still visible, in what Microsoft calls “Scene Mode”.
The display itself is a 14.4 “PixelSense Flow display with a resolution of 2400 x 1600, and like the Surface Pro 8, it features a 120Hz refresh rate and support for Dolby Vision. Thunderbolt 4 ports are also present, as is the ability to specify a powerful graphics card for GeForce RTX 3050 Ti video editing. Go for the base configuration at $ 1,599 and you’ll have to settle for Intel Iris Xe graphics and graphics. ‘a Core i5 quad-core processor, while $ 2,099 will buy you a more powerful Core i7 processor, with a larger 512GB SSD for storage.
Surface Duo 2
Not content with launching new laptop offerings, Microsoft has also revealed the successor to its Surface Duo camera phone. Surface Duo 2 retains the foldable dual-screen design of the original Duo, but contains a faster, 5G-capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 system-on-chip.
A major drawback of the first Surface Duo was its only rear-facing camera – barely worthy of a flagship device. Microsoft has now fixed this problem, because the Surface Duo 2 has a triple camera array consisting of a wide-angle camera equivalent to 12MP f / 1.7 27mm with OIS, a 16MP f / 2.2 13mm-equiv. ultra-wide camera and a 12MP f / 2.4 51mm-equiv telephoto module, also with OIS.
But the centerpiece of the Surface Duo 2 is of course its dual PixelSense Fusion AMOLED displays, which when unfolded deliver an 8.3-inch display and a combined resolution of 2688 x 1892 pixels, which equates to 401 PPI. Microsoft has also made the display exceptionally color accurate and claims that it can cover 100% of the sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces. A 90Hz refresh rate and a whopping 800 nits peak brightness round out the title’s display specs.
Of course, all of this technology doesn’t come cheap. The Surface Duo 2 starts at $ 1,500, and for that, you only get 128GB of storage. 256 GB and 512 GB versions are available for $ 1,600 and $ 1,800, respectively. This makes the Surface Duo 2 around $ 400 more expensive than an iPhone 13 Pro Max with equivalent storage capacity.
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