Microsoft revealed many new gadgets earlier this week, including the Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Duo 2, and Surface Go 3. While these devices were largely marketed as the successors to previous-generation Surface models, Microsoft added certain unique features to them that help them perform better than their predecessors. The Surface Laptop Studio, in particular, drew attention upon launch due to its unusual design, which differed from standard 2-in-1 laptops. Microsoft also updated the Surface Duo 2 with features such as triple rear cameras and enhanced screens, as well as a quicker, newer-generation Qualcomm chipset to compete with Apple and Samsung.
The Surface Pro 8 starts at $1,099 (approximately Rs. 81,200), which is more expensive than the Surface Pro 7, which started at $749. (roughly Rs. 55,300). Microsoft has also made no significant changes to the new model’s design.
The Surface Pro 7 was released in India at a starting price of Rs. 72,999. However, Microsoft has not yet released the Surface Pro 8 price in India.
Unlike the Surface Pro 8, the new lineup includes the Surface Laptop Studio, which features an all-new design and is billed as the “evolution of Surface Book.” The Dynamic Woven Hinge allows it to function as a tablet, laptop, or canvas.
The Surface Laptop Studio is aimed towards developers, creative workers, designers, and gamers who want a unique machine rather than a typical laptop or tablet. It has a starting price of $1,599 (about Rs. 1,18,000), which is the same as the Surface Book 3. The latter was initially priced at Rs. 156,299 in India.
Microsoft also launched the Surface Duo 2 to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. The new Surface Duo features everything that the original model lacked, including triple rear cameras instead of a single one and the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC instead of the Snapdragon 855. The new dual-screen phone also supports 5G and runs Android 11.
Because Microsoft chose a two-screen design rather a single foldable display, the Surface Duo 2 appears to be more durable than the Galaxy Z Fold 3, though Samsung has made advancements in this area with its foldable. Microsoft also has strong developer ties, which could aid in the development of new experiences for the Surface Duo 2.
The Surface Duo 2 starts at $1,499 (about Rs. 1,10,700), which is $100 (approximately Rs. 7,400) higher than the Surface Duo, which was initially priced at $1,399 (approximately Rs (roughly Rs. 1,03,300). The last version did not make it to India, and there is no news on when we might get its successor.
Microsoft also announced a partnership with game creators to bring 150 dual-screen optimised titles to the event. Asphalt Legends 9, Modern Combat 5, and Dungeon Hunter 5 are among three popular titles that have been specifically optimised for the new phone, according to the company.
We also discuss the Surface Go 3, which isn’t much different from the Surface Go 2. It has updated Intel Core processors – the top-tier type includes a 10th-generation Intel Core CPU that is said to give 60% quicker performance than the previous Surface Go edition.
The Surface Go 3 has a starting price of $399. (roughly Rs. 29,500). This was the case with the Surface Go 2 last year. The previous model was available in India for a starting price of Rs. 47,599.
Of course, the majority of the new Surface options are intended to assist highlight the primary features of Windows 11. However, products such as the Surface Duo 2 may become reference models for other manufacturers.
We discuss how viable the new Surface lineup is when compared to the latest hardware from firms like as Apple and Samsung. The talk also includes India’s perspective on the latest Microsoft products.
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