Biggest announcement at Microsoft’s Surface event

Microsoft wraps up its Surface event in 2022 with the new Surface Laptop 5, Surface Pro 9 and Surface Studio 2 Plus. The company also introduced new accessories and software, including a Designer app powered by the Dall-E 2. If you missed today’s live event, you can read the headline announcement here. I’ve also looked at all three devices myself, and you can check them out on the site. Image: Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 5 is the Intel-only Surface Laptop 5 available on October 25th, starting at $999. Its predecessor, the Surface Laptop 4, also started at this price. The Laptop 4 was a great product, but a big part of it was the AMD chip inside. This chip is made specifically for the Surface line. The AMD models we received for review outperformed Intel’s best chips in many performance benchmarks. It also provided the best battery life I’ve seen on a laptop that year. For the Laptop 5, in the resulting disappointing situation, Microsoft removed the AMD option. While buyers can choose between AMD and Intel models of the Notebook 4, the Notebook 5 is Intel-only with Core i5 and Core i7 options. There are two notable changes to the Surface Laptop 5. There is now a green option (Microsoft says “Available on select models only”). The device will finally get Thunderbolt 4 support, something you’ll typically see on Intel models priced at $1,000. Otherwise, the Laptop 5 is almost identical in shape and design to the Laptop 4. Available in 13.5-inch and 15-inch options (both with 3:2 screens) and support for Dolby Atmos 3D spatial processing. new chip. Image: Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9’s flashy colors are the same as the original Surface Laptop 5, with the detachable Surface Pro 9 with a kickstand slated for release on October 25th. Intel models start at $999 and Arm models start at $1,299. Previously, the main way to customize the Surface Pro line was the keyboard cover. It traditionally comes in a variety of colors, but the tablet itself remains the same boring gray. However, this year the aluminum itself has a lot of color options, so you can stick to the color you choose. Platinum, Sapphire, Graphite and Forest options are available. Microsoft has also teamed up with design studio Liberty to create an SKU with a limited-edition floral design to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Surface line. Another big news is that the Surface Pro 9 comes with Intel and Arm options. option. The Arm models are powered by SQ3 chips from Qualcomm and Microsoft. The SQ3 has several exclusive add-ons, including 5G support and a new neural processing unit. The latter allows features like video background and vertical blur, among other AI tasks, to be handled externally by the Pro’s CPU and GPU. Microsoft claims that this device can perform over 15 trillion calculations per second. Like the Pro 8, the Pro 9 has a 13-inch display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate and a stylus. Does it look familiar? Image: Microsoft Surface Studio 2 Plus has more ports. Microsoft refreshed Surface Studio 2. (Remember? This is a 28-inch PC released in 2018.) Of course. I will do it. The chips inside have also been modernized. The 2 Plus is powered by Intel’s 11th Gen Core H-series processors and Nvidia’s RTX 3060 GPU. Microsoft says the chip will deliver “up to 50% faster” performance. If this device hits your alley, it’s a good place to start saving. Pricing starts at $4,299.99. Microsoft Designer is working. Apple and Microsoft Collaborate on Music, Photos, and TV Imaging: Microsoft During the Surface event, Microsoft not only took an interest in Android and its apps, but also announced new and refreshed Apple integrations. The Apple Music app is now available for the first time on the Xbox platform, and next year the Apple TV Plus and Apple Music-only apps will be available on Windows with a preview version coming soon. Windows also makes it easier for iPhone owners with new iCloud Photos integration to the standard Photos app that keeps photos in sync. Windows users only need to install Apple’s latest iCloud Windows app for this integration. Microsoft’s adaptive accessories have finally hit their release date. Image: Microsoft Adaptive Accessories was first announced in May and is designed to address common issues that people may have preventing this integration. This is especially true if you have difficulty using your existing mouse and keyboard. Now, Microsoft has said it will be available for purchase on October 25th, but has not provided details on pricing. Powered by OpenAI’s Dall-E 2, a text-to-image generator. Verge reporter Adi Robertson previously described the Dall-E 2 as “an image search tool for non-existent photos.” As you can see from the GIF above, the artist can describe the image or graphic they want to use and the AI ​​can generate the image. You can also let Dall-E 2 blend the two images or select a part of the image you want to edit in Dall-E 2. When ready to launch, Designer is available in a free version and additional premium features are limited to Microsoft 365 subscribers. According to Microsoft, Designer will also be integrated into Microsoft Edge, which offers “AI-powered design suggestions to visually enhance social media posts.” Image of Microsoft’s new Teams accessory: Microsoft may be less polished than the Surface Studio 2 Plus, but many will appreciate the new hardware made for offices using Microsoft Teams in a hybrid workplace. The pill-shaped Audio Dock is an all-in-one speakerphone solution with a 60W pass-through PC charger, dual front microphones, and 4 different ports (HDMI, USB-A and 2 USB-C) for use with the Teams button. , mute button. Another item is the new Presenter Plus handheld remote that integrates with Teams to make presentations more familiar, whether streaming or face-to-face. Either way, there is no pricing or release date.
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