Microsoft has today announced Surface Laptop 4, with a refreshed range of CPUs and, for the first time, a choice of Intel or AMD processors across the 13.5 and 15-inch models. Intel Surface Laptop 4s ship with Intel’s latest 11th gen processors while their AMD cousins contain Ryzen 4000 series chips which isn’t the latest CPU from AMD.
Whilst it’s a little disappointing we don’t have the latest AMD CPU in Surface Laptop 4, the benefit is quite a big price difference – the starting price for the AMD model is $999, whilst for the Intel version it’s $1,299.
Microsoft claims a 70% performance boost over Surface Laptop 3 and battery-life improvements. Both Intel versions will ship with their latest graphic processors – Iris Xe. Like Surface Laptop 3, the 15-inch model is all aluminium whilst its smaller counterpart has an Alcantra keyboard surface in the same choice of colours plus a new ‘ice blue’ colour. A metal matte black is also available in the 13.5 model.
Shipping begins on the 15th of June in the US and all models are available to pre-order now in the US and the UK. If you pre-order on Microsoft’s site (or BestBuy in the US) then you’ll receive a free pair of Surface Earbuds with your laptop.
The rumours were true and today Microsoft has announced a raft of new ‘Certified for Teams’ hardware, available from June in the US.
Microsoft Modern Webcam
The new camera is certified for Teams and includes high-quality, HDR 1080p video with a 78-degree field of view. It has a privacy shutter and includes a Teams LED to show when it’s in use (It isn’t clear yet if the LED only works when you’re using it in Teams or when the camera is in use with other apps.
Other features include ‘True Look’ which delivers facial retouch, fixed light adjustment and auto focus.
Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker
A new USB-C speaker which can connect to your computer to offer hands-free, high-quality audio for better Microsoft Teams meetings, calls and listening to music.
The speaker includes a dedicated Teams button, status lights and mute control to see easily if you can be heard during meetings. The speakers in the device have been optimised for voice but will sound great if you’re listening to your Spotify playlist through it. The Microsoft is omni-directional, with background noise-reducing technology built in.
Microsoft Modern Wireless Headset
The new wireless headset includes a background noise-reducing microphone which includes flip-to-mute and a status light that shows whether you can be heard or not. The headset includes on-ear call controls including volume up/down and a Microsoft Teams button. The headset includes a USB dongle (which Microsoft says is required for Teams certification and is used to connect to your computer). The dongle is a bit of a disappointment as it likely means this headset isn’t Bluetooth, and we need less dongles in the world. Microsoft state 50-hours of music listening time or 30 hours of talk time.
Microsoft Modern USB Headset
Finally, we have the Modern USB Headset. A wired headset with inline controls for mute, volume up/down, call answer and a dedicated Teams button. As with the Modern Wireless Headset, their wired sibling is designed for all-day use and have a background noise-reducing microphone and stereo speakers optimised for voice.
The dedicated Teams button allows you to join meetings and provide easy setup and management.
Availability and wrap-up
Microsoft have stated that all the above hardware will be available in the US from the end of June and availability in other regions will be announced later.
Microsoft announced on Monday 11th January a ‘new’ Surface Pro. The new Surface Pro 7 Plus includes Intel’s latest 11th gen processor and in an overhaul of the device’s internals, an improved battery, removable SSD and LTE connectivity.
Source: The Verge
The internals of the new Surface Pro 7 Plus have been reworked to improve the thermal design model (TDM). Unfortunately, there’s no 5G connectivity here, you’ll need to make do with 4G and it’s only available to enterprise and education so don’t expect this to pop up on Amazon anytime soon.
The Surface Pro 7 Plus is available for pre-order now, starting at $899 (£699 or AU$1170) or $1149 for the LTE version.
Microsoft have announced today in a blog post that in early 2021 Surface Duo is heading to the UK and a number of other countries.
Surface Duo is Microsoft’s re-entry to the smartphone market with a new type of device which has dual screens – similar but different to the current trend of large screen devices that uses flexible screens.
And, shockingly for some, runs Android as its operating system.
Reviews have been mixed about the Duo, especially on its release as the software was buggy and there aren’t many apps available today support the ability to use both screens. Part of the announcement includes an announcement that TikTok’s new app will support a dual screen layout.
Despite the lack of app support, Surface Duo allows you to use two apps at the same time, one on each screen and other features.
Naturally Microsoft 365 apps support the full screen/dual screen experience.
Will you be getting Surface Duo when it’s available in the UK? Let us know in the comments.