Microsoft has just held its annual hardware event, where it revealed a truckload of new tech
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First up, it’s a new Surface Laptop 3 which now arrives in two sizes including 13-inch and 15-inch.
This device features more power, a larger trackpad and is fully upgradable so you change things up after you have purchased it.
Although you might not need to as tucked inside the device is a quad-core 10th gen Intel processor which make its two times faster than its predecessor and three times faster than Apple’s MacBook Air.
There’s also an all-day battery life and fast charging with Microsoft saying it can go from flat to 80 per cent in under an hour
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
Surface Pro 7
Next up it’s a new Surface Pro 7.
This popular 2-in-1 device is one of the most popular in the world and it’s getting a refresh.
The biggest change to the hardware is the arrival of USB-C on the device, which was absent last time around. That means you’ll be able to connect your Surface Pro 7 directly to your smartphone, tablet, or any number of USB-C connected accessories available right now.
NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Microsoft has just announced the launch of its new Surface Earbuds which are taking aim at the popular AirPods from Apple.
These mini music machines feature a comfy design, 24-hour battery life and full integration with Microsoft Word.
Touch sensors on each earbud can help you navigate through your digital life including music.
You can play, pause and skip your songs with simple gestures.
Microsoft Surface Buds
NOW IT’S BACK TO THE PC WITH THE SURFACE PRO X
This new Surface Pro X is being positioned as the next step for Microsoft’s series of hybrid computers.
The hardware flaunts minuscule bezels around its display, is incredibly thin and comes with blisteringly quick internals.
NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY NEW
Microsoft has just announced the launch of something called Surface Neo.
This foldable tablet features a powerful processor, two displays and a pen to let you scribble on the screen.
There’s even physical keyboard case which makes it look like a mini laptop.
AND IT ALSO COMES IN A SMALLER PACKAGE, TOO
The same dual-screen form-factor will also be available in an Android-powered smartphone, called Surface Duo.
With access to millions of apps in the Google Play Store, Microsoft says the new handheld is designed to boost your productivity on-the-go.
Instead of moving between devices – starting an email on your smartphone, before moving to your desktop PC when you realise it’s becoming a bit of an epic – Microsoft envisions users being able to get some serious work done from the single dual-screen handset.
Windows 10 news
What follows is the original story, published before the Microsoft Event started…
The US technology firm has a major event scheduled in New York at 3pm BST and a range of new Surface laptops and tablets look set to be top of the agenda. Although, if these leaked prices for the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 are anything to go by, upgrading your kit to the latest Microsoft hardware won’t be a cheap affair.
Although nothing has been officially confirmed by Microsoft, the Redmond firm has teased fans with an invite that shows the famous Microsoft logo and the words “Tune in to see what’s next.”
Along with the invite, a message has also been posted on social media which suggests big things are coming with the firm revealing: “We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: New and innovative things are coming at the #MicrosoftEvent.”
Microsoft might be staying tight-lipped about the upcoming news but some recently leaked images may have given its game away.
Top tipster Evan Blass has posted a number of images on his Twitter feed which claims to show a new Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7 and an ARM-Powered Surface which ditches its dependency on Intel chips.
We’ll have to wait and see exactly what new features will be included but expect these updated machines to be more powerful with a refreshed design and improved performance.
Fans may also get their first glimpse of the new dual-screen machine which is codenamed Centaurus.
It’s thought this device could offer users all the productivity specs we’ve come to expect from Microsoft but with an entertainment focus built-in as well.
Rumours suggest this 2-in-1 laptop could get dual 9-inch screens, feature 4G connectivity and be able to run Android apps.
Along with these new PCs, Microsoft is also expected to reveal more news about its next Windows 10 update.
Windows 10 19H2 is already being tested by Windows Insiders but a full release announcement would make sense during Microsoft’s keynote.
This new software is mainly about overall system improvements and fixes rather than offering fans a bunch of new features.
Hopefully, Microsoft will announce more news on when this upgrade is coming at its event today.
Express.co.uk will be bringing you all the news live from the event so check back here for full details.
Things are expected to get underway at around 10am in the Big Apple – that’s 3pm BST.