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

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 updates to Windows 11, new AI platforms for creativity, and an Audio Dock that doubles as a USB-C hub.

An interesting offer here is the Surface Pro 9, which is available in both ARM and Intel variants. With this device, Microsoft is solidifying Windows 11 ARM support and dispelling any doubts you might 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 is getting mostly 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 received the most significant upgrades this year. In addition to selling ARM and Intel variants of the new Surface Pro, it also gets new color options with matching Type Cover keyboards. The ARM variant is powered by Qualcomm SQ3 and comes with 5G connectivity support.

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

There’s a 13-inch PixeSense Flow Display (2880 x 1920 px; 3:2 aspect ratio) with 120 Hz refresh rate support, compatible with the Surface Slim Pen 2. There’s a storage (and charging) space right between the pen. Surface machine where it meets the cover type.

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

Battery life is rated very differently for both models. The Intel version has a battery life of up to 15.5 hours, while the 5G Snapdragon variant has a battery life of up to 19 hours. 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: either 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
Liberty Surface Pro 9 Special Edition

The Surface Pro 9 starts at $999 with an Intel i5, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The Intel i7 version starts at $1599 and the 5G model starts at $1299. If you want the Type Cover keyboard, you’ll have to add $279 to the price of the Surface Pro 9.

Surface Studio 2 Plus

The last time Microsoft announced a Surface Studio was in 2018 with the Studio 2. Here comes a new updated model – with mostly the same look. Most upgrades come from internal hardware.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surface Studio 2 Plus comes with Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard, Surface Mouse and power cable. There’s only one Surface Studio 2 Plus configuration, and that’s a whopping $4,499 — aimed at professional and business customers.

Surface Laptop 5

The Surface Laptop 5 is getting a modest refresh 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 only comes in a 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 as well. Both displays have a 3:2 aspect ratio and are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 (Gorilla Glass 3 if you opt for the Alcantara notebook version).

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

Surface laptops feature one USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port, one USB-A port, one Surface Connect port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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

The Surface Pro Laptop 5 starts at $999 for the 13.5-inch variant, though only in Platinum. 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 will begin shipping on October 25.

Microsoft Audio Dock

The Microsoft Audio Dock is a speaker system that acts as a USB-C hub for any laptop. There is a 20W speaker and a 5W subwoofer. It has powerful omnidirectional microphones so you can hold meetings, and there are two large 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, Audio Dock will also support MacOS and works with other conferencing apps.

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

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

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