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Microsoft updates Surface with new laptop, tablets and a folding phone

San Francisco, US, Sep 22 (EFE).- Microsoft announced on Wednesday a total renovation of its Surface line, with a completely new laptop model, updates to three of its convertible tablets and the second version of the Duo folding phone.

At an event held in digital format, the Redmond, Washington, company unveiled for the first time its new range of devices, which will arrive in stores until Oct. 5, the same day of the Windows 11 release.

Among the products presented Wednesday was the 14.4-inch touch screen Surface Laptop Studio, which with a price of $1,600 is the most versatile of the series.

It can be used completely flat like a tablet, with a 90-degree angle like any traditional laptop, or with a triangular arrangement that tilts the screen and hides the keyboard, but still allows access to the touchpad.

In each of these modes, the computer adapts the size and location of the icons, and the device is compatible with the also new Slim Pen 2, which is magnetically held under the touchpad and charges when attached to the device.

Unlike the rest of the Surface range, however, the keyboard cannot be separated from the screen.

Specs-wise, the Surface Laptop Studio has a 201 PPI resolution display, up to 120Hz refresh rate, four Dolby Atmos speakers, two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, and an 11th-generation Core i5 or Core i7 processor.

The storage capacity varies between 256GB and 2TB, and the RAM can be 16GB or 32GB.

As for convertible tablets (to which a magnetic keyboard can be added to turn them into computers), Microsoft revamped its Surface Pro line with Pro 8, updated the existing Pro X, and updated the mini Surface Go tablet with Go 3.

The Pro 8, priced at $1,100, has a 13-inch screen, dynamic refresh rate of up to 120Hz, 16 hours of battery life, and an 11th-generation Intel microprocessor, plus up to 32GB of RAM.

The keyboard, which costs an additional $180, is made of carbon fiber, which makes it rigid, but at the same time pleasant to the touch, and allows the Slim Pen 2 to be magnetically attached.

A new, cheaper version of the Surface Pro X, already on the market, will go on sale without an LTE internet connection, only Wi-Fi, which will cost $900.

The small Surface Go 3, meanwhile, is priced at $400 (the most affordable of the entire range), with a 10.5-inch touch screen, 11 hours of battery life and an Intel Premium Gold or Intel Core i3 processor.

Finally, the company presented the second version of its folding phone, the Surface Duo 2, compatible with 5G networks, with stereo speakers, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip and a dynamic three-lens camera.

The objective of this phone is, as in the previous model (received negatively by critics), to facilitate multitasking with its two 5.8-inch screens which communicate fluently and allow the creation of a macro screen when the user wants it.

With a 90Hz refresh rate, 8GB of RAM, and the ability to display notifications when fully folded, Microsoft’s new phone is priced at $1,500. EFE


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