Friday, 02 October 2020 17:24

Microsoft launches new Surface Laptop Go, an updated Surface Pro X and new accessories

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A new "Surface Laptop Go" delivers a more affordable laptop price with 10th-gen Core i5 processors has arrived alongside an updated Surface Pro X with an SQ 2 ARM processor with more power and longer battery life, as have some new accessories.

These days, Microsoft is a fully fledged PC hardware maker, and has even re-entered the smartphone market. It's no longer new at the game - Microsoft has been making Surface branded products for years, and while sales are still vastly smaller than what Dell or HP achieves, the Surface line definitely has won a lot of fans.

Now comes two new Surface computers - the Surface Laptop Go and an updated Surface Pro X, along with new accessories, with details below.

They'll be available for purchase on October 13, and can be pre-ordered at the Microsoft Store and at other major retailers.

Microsoft wants to incentivise purchases through its store, saying there is the "Microsoft Store Promise for Surface with free 2-3 day shipping, extended 60-day return policy, trade in options on your old devices for Surface Laptop Go, and expert help when you need it - including access to free online training videos and workshops from the comfort of your home".

Now, there's plenty more info below, but in short, Microsoft tells us the following:

Surface Laptop Go "brings everything you love about Surface Laptop to a smaller, more affordable design. Whether you’re a student, remote-worker, or just needing a capable, compact device – Surface Laptop Go offers a premium Surface look and feel at an amazing value. Starting at $999 AUD.

"The sleek, streamlined design comes in three durable and lightweight metal finishes: Ice Blue, Sandstone and Platinum, and with up to 13 hours of battery life plus Fast Charging, the Surface Laptop Go will keep up with you all day".

Here's the official Surface Go Laptop video:

The new Surface Pro X configurations "introduce the second generation of our custom Microsoft SQ 2 chip, building on the innovation of the Microsoft SQ 1 and delivering even more multitasking power for true connected productivity.

"Combined with more memory and storage, the new configuration of Surface Pro X is perfect for customers who are looking for something versatile, portable, capable and always connected. The new Surface Pro X starts at $2,449 AUD and is now available in a new Platinum finish in addition to Matte Black. We’re also introducing three new colors for the Signature Keyboard: Platinum, Ice Blue and Poppy Red, all with the same built-in storage and wireless charging for the Surface Slim Pen". 

Here's the official Surface Pro X video:

There are also several new accessories, including:  

  • Microsoft Designer Compact Keyboard, a wireless Bluetooth keyboard optimized for modern productivity priced at $119.95
  • Microsoft Number Pad, modern and elegant number-pad with Bluetooth wireless priced at $49.95 AUD
  • Microsoft 4K Wireless Display Adapter, which offers people an easy way to project their Windows PC on a bigger screen, priced at $119.95 AUD 
  • Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse, a wireless version of Microsoft’s Ergonomic Mouse that’s designed for comfort, priced at $79.95 AUD

So, what does the VP of Microsoft Devices, Pete Kyriacou have to say

In his official blog post, which I've effectively reprinted in full, we read:

The idea of working and learning from home, which at one point felt temporary, has for many of us started to feel more permanent. Even as some people in cities around the world return to work and schools in person, many others have found themselves re-organising homes to create makeshift offices and classrooms. Whether your commute is across the house or across town, the PC continues to play an integral role in keeping all of us connected to our work, school, and lives – and each person in the household needs one.

As we continue to expand our Surface family of devices with the new Surface Laptop Go and updates to Surface Pro X, our goal is to design a Surface for every person, work style and location, offering a variety of designs, colours and price points. To give every person in your household or organisation a laptop that’s not just something you need to use, but something you want to. A virtual office you want to be in, a virtual classroom that engages you to learn, a place you can play your favourite game or watch a movie – with a bright vibrant screen, a fluid and comfortable keyboard, high quality cameras and mics, and the versatility of touch screens.

With Surface Laptop Go we are bringing the features most loved by our Surface Laptop customers to a smaller, more affordable design. For people who need to stay connected and want the versatility of a 2:1 with a gorgeous, edge-to edge screen, we’re also bringing new updates to Surface Pro X including new app experiences, enhanced performance and a new platinum finish. And for anyone looking to refresh their home office or home classroom set-up we’re offering several new Surface and Microsoft accessories.

Meet Surface Laptop Go

Starting at $999 AUD, Surface Laptop Go delivers the perfect balance of style, performance, and battery life in the lightest, most affordable Surface laptop yet.

It has a beautiful 12.4” PixelSense touchscreen display, large precision trackpad and a full-size keyboard with 1.3mm key travel for an accurate and comfortable typing experience. The sleek, streamlined design comes in three durable and lightweight metal finishes: Ice Blue, Sandstone and Platinum.

For a quick and secure sign-in, select models of Surface Laptop Go have a Fingerprint Power Button with One Touch sign-in through Windows Hello. One Touch sign-in also provides fast, secured access to OneDrive Personal Vault files and more so you can jump in quickly and be productive.

Surface Laptop Go is powered by Intel’s 10th generation i5 Quad-Core processor with up to 16GB RAM and 256GB storage and every configuration is optimised for performance and battery life. All configurations of Surface Laptop Go feel snappy and fast, even at the entry level, taking full advantage of cloud connected experiences like Microsoft 365 and online storage. With up to 13 hours of battery life plus Fast Charging, it will keep up with you all day.

Whether you’re learning or working, chances are you’re using your camera, speakers, and mics more now than ever before. Surface Laptop Go has a built-in 720p HD camera and Studio Mics so your colleagues and classmates can see and hear you clearly. Omnisonic Speakers and Dolby® Audio surround you with amazing sound – whether on a video call, watching a movie, listening to music and more. To help you connect, there are both USB A and USB C ports, an audio jack, and the Surface connector.

For families, students and businesses looking for a new device to add to their households or organisations, Surface Laptop Go offers a premium Surface look and feel at an amazing value.

Meet Surface Pro X

We introduced Surface Pro X last October to push the boundaries for what an always connected, ultra-light and incredibly thin 2:1 device could be. It’s built for people who are ready for what’s next – who need to be connected, productive, and creative at any time. We partnered closely with Qualcomm to design custom silicon to create a powerful PC that benefits from generations of innovations in mobile architectures.

Today Surface Pro X is getting even better, with a new configuration that includes our next-generation custom processor and a new Platinum finish, along with new app experiences, resulting in longer battery life and increased performance across all Surface Pro X devices.

For our customers who need more power, we’re refreshed our top end SKUs by adding the new Microsoft SQ 2 processor – the fastest processor in its class – and a new Platinum finish, starting at $2,449 AUD. We're also introducing three new colours for the Signature Keyboard: Platinum, Ice Blue and Poppy Red, all with the same built-in storage and wireless charging for the Surface Slim Pen.

Surface Pro X brings you the best of today’s web-first experiences like Microsoft 365, Microsoft Edge, Netflix, Spotify and more, while supporting thousands of the existing Windows apps you know and love today like Google Chrome, Firefox, and WhatsApp.

We are also excited about the momentum we are seeing from key app partners embracing Windows on ARM, taking advantage of the power and performance benefits of Microsoft SQ 1 and SQ 2 processors to bring new experiences for all Surface Pro X customers. We’ve made Microsoft Edge and faster and announced a new version of Microsoft Teams optimised for Windows on ARM.

We will also expand support for running x64 apps with x64 emulation starting to roll out later this year. For developers, Visual Studio code has also been updated to run natively. For organisations, we’re committed to help you ensure your apps work with Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 Apps on ARM64 devices with App Assure with Fast Track. All of this adds up to overall faster performance and longer battery life. Surface Pro X now gets up to 15 hours of battery life across both configurations.

Surface Pro X is the thinnest and most connected 2:1 we’ve ever shipped, and we’re excited to deliver these new experiences at a time when connectivity has never been more top of mind. Access to fast, reliable bandwidth to support remote learning and working for multiple people in a household has become challenging for many. With ultra-fast Gigabit LTE connectivity, Surface Pro X users always have a direct connection on demand – even if their kids are on Xbox or their roommate is on a video call.

Surface accessories

New Surface and Microsoft Accessories

If your at-home setup is in need of a refresh this holiday, Microsoft has a few new accessories to outfit your new work or school spaces.

  • Microsoft Designer Compact Keyboard is a slim, narrow and elegant keyboard optimised for modern productivity with Bluetooth seamlessly switching between 3 devices, 2-year battery life, two colours options, and is priced at $119.95 AUD
  • Microsoft Number Pad is a slim, modern and elegant number pad with Bluetooth wireless that enables you to get the most out of your Surface or modern PC, priced at $49.95 AUD
  • Microsoft 4K Wireless Display Adapter offers the easiest way to project your Windows PC on the big screen, supporting 4K resolution and is priced at $119.95 AUD
  • Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse brings comfortable ergonomic design to premium wireless performance with a soft thumb rest, a light and durable design, and two customisable buttons. Available in several colours and priced at $79.95 AUD
  • Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse, now available in Sandstone, is lightweight and portable to perfectly complement Surface Laptop Go and priced at $54.95 AUD

Australia prices including GST:

Surface Laptop Go

Consumer

  • i5/4/64 (10th Gen) - $999
  • i5/8/128 (10th Gen) - $1,249
  • i5/8/256 (10th Gen) - $1,549

EDU (Commercial)

  • i5/4/64 (10th Gen) - $999
  • i5/8/128 (10th Gen) - $1,249
  • i5/8/256 (10th Gen)- $1,549
  • i5/16/256 (10th Gen) - $1,849

Commercial

  • i5/8/128 (10th Gen) - $1,399
  • i5/8/256 (10th Gen) - $1,699
  • i5/16/256 (10th Gen) - $1,999

Surface Pro X

Consumer

  • Pro X - SQ 2/16/256 - $2,449
  • Pro X - SQ 2/16/512 - $2,899

Commercial

  • Pro X - SQ 2/16/256 - $2,599
  • Pro X - SQ 2/16/512 - $3,049

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