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Microsoft just updated its Surface PC hardware, adding faster processors and new design options to its Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Surface Studio computers. It’s also launching a pair of Surface-branded, Cortana-enabled wireless headphones, the first of their kind for Microsoft’s Surface line.
Headphones aside, Microsoft’s PC announcements, which were shared today at an event in New York City, are more of a refresh than a big reveal of something brand new. Microsoft is one of a handful of tech companies to host hardware-related events this fall; Apple held its smartphone event in early September, while Google’s is scheduled for next week, on October 9. Still, Microsoft’s newest wares underscore that the company is committed to making its own PCs, which it first brought to the market six years ago.
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The Surface Pro 2-in-1 is one of the products getting an update. The Surface Pro 6 will have the latest quad-core, 8th generation Intel Core processor, which Microsoft claims makes it 1.5 times faster than the Surface Pro 5. It also comes in a black finish, along with the previous platinum coloring. Otherwise, not much is new about the Surface Pro 6. Its battery life is said to match last year’s Surface Pro—around 13.5 hours—despite the added processing power. Unfortunately, it still lacks USB-C ports.
It ships in mid-October, and a Core i5 model with 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 128-gigabyte SSD will cost you $899. That’s not including the Pro’s signature Type Cover Keyboard or its stylus pen. Add those in for $160 and $100, respectively, and you’re looking at a “tablet” that costs well over $1,000. But to call it a tablet is something of a misnomer, since Microsoft has always positioned the Pro as a device with laptop-level power in a hybrid form factor.
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