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Microsoft has come out of the corner fighting for a greater share of the tablet market, with three new Surface tablets including one with a dual display.
At its recent October event, Microsoft unveiled its 2019 Surface line-up, launching a total of six new products including the Surface Laptop 3, the Surface Pro 7, Surface Earbuds, Surface Pro X, Surface Duo and Surface Neo.
Each has a focus on “working on the go” which Microsoft flagged would be its target niche late last year.
Here’s an insight into what was revealed including two revolutionary new tablets that could be set to pack a game-changing punch.
For tablet enthusiasts, all eyes were on the Surface Pro 7 when it came to this year’s big Microsoft reveal. And the tech giant didn’t disappoint.
Since 2013 the Surface Pro has been notching up some serious runs on the board as a tablet that ticks all the right professional boxes.
This year Microsoft has announced the Pro 7 will feature a 12.3-inch PixelSense display, will run Windows 10, will be available with 10th generation i3, i5 and i7 processors, and will also feature USB-C.
It will also be available with 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of memory, offering solid state drive storage of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB.
Meanwhile, the Pro 7 will feature a 5MP front facing camera, and 8MP rear, and will include Dolby stereo speakers along with dual far-field studio mics to facilitate better voice command.
Touted to deliver up to 10.5 hours of battery life, the Pro 7 kicks off with a US price tag of $749 and is available for pre-order now.
In a totally new addition to the Surface line-up, the Pro X is a 13.2-inch tablet with a profile of just 5.33mm.
Not only is it slim, but the Pro X is also tipped as extremely long-lasting, offering 13 hours of battery charge.
Under the hood, there’s a custom Snapdragon processor, built in partnership with Qualcomm, along with 8GB or 16GB RAM, and 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of removeable storage.
It comes complete with USB-C, a kickstand and magnetic keyboard attachment, and is compatible with a Surface Pen, keyboard and mouse.
Microsoft notes, the Pro X is designed in a bid to keep furthering their innovative tablet range.
“While Surface Pro 7 keeps the iconic design customers love and businesses rely on, we wanted to keep pushing our Pro line forward with Surface Pro X. At 5.33mm and 1.68 pounds, Surface Pro X is the thinnest, lightest, most powerful and most connected Surface Pro ever,” they said.
The Pro X is available for pre-order now, starting at US$999.
Microsoft is also looking to take a tilt at the dual screen tablet market, previewing its Surface Neo, which will be released in late 2020.
Targeted at removing “the conflict between a tablet and a laptop”, the Neo will feature two nine-inch screens that fold together like a book, each with a profile of just 5.6mm. When opened it offers a combined screen size of 13 inches.
The Neo will be powered by Windows 10 X, will be compatible with a magnetic keyboard, Surface Pen and mouse, but as yet there’s little information about what will be under the hood except that it will be a custom Intel Lakefield processor.
Pricing is also yet to be revealed.
Also due for release late next year in Microsoft’s take on a dual screen phone that could also double as a tablet.
Known as the Surface Duo, it will feature two 5.6-inch screens that together offer 8.3 inches of screen real estate, and will run on the Android operating system.
Little further detail is available at this stage, with more to come as the 2020 release date draws closer.
This year’s big reveal, which also saw an upgrade to the Surface Laptop, sees Microsoft now firmly established as a brand committed to offering versatile, professional devices.
“When we started Surface, we had a vision to remove the conflict between the tablet and laptop,” they stated.
“What started as an effort to create the two-in-one evolved into a full line of products that are more versatile, more adaptable and more personal. We know that to be your best, you need devices that adapt to you to help you accomplish your goals. These new products are about empowering you to be your most productive, and your most creative.”