New York (PingWest)—Microsoft announced the expected set of updates to its existing hardware lineup at its annual Surface hardware event in New York.
The tech giant, which stopped producing phones years ago, is making a phone, again. Microsoft is hoping to stage a comeback with the Surface Duo. As the name suggests, the device has two screens, connected by a hinge. By partnering with Google, the device will be able to run apps from the Google Play Store, and will be available in holiday 2020.
The company also showed off updates to its Surface laptop lines, including the Surface Neo, a larger dual-screen laptop powered by a new version of Windows designed to allow apps and keyboards to work more seamlessly with these new devices. It too isn't being released until next year.
Other thing announced:
- Windows 10 X: Windows 10 X OS will work with new dual-screen Surface Neo devices. The dual-screen Surface Neo devices will be out next year, says Microsoft.
- Surface Laptop 3: Microsoft announced a laptop 3x more powerful than MacBook Air. Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 has USB-C, a bigger screen and a modular design. It comes in 13.5- and 15-inch models and starts at USD 999.
- Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 7: Microsoft unveils USD 999 Surface Pro X, a tablet with a phone-like Windows experience. We also got a minimal update for the Surface Pro 7, now with USB-C.
- SQ1 custom Arm chip: Microsoft tries Windows on Arm chips again with SQ1-powered Surface Pro X. The chips are designed to consume less power than those from Intel, Microsoft's traditional partner.
- Surface Earbuds: Surface Earbuds: Microsoft's answer to Apple's AirPods. The new true wireless Surface Earbuds are arriving later this year for USD 249.