Microsoft has made a name of itself in the software industry. Windows and Office are perhaps the company’s most known products. But over the recent years, Microsoft has dipped its toes into the hardware world. Mainly in consumer computers.
This came in the form of the company’s Surface products, and I’ve been a fan of them for quite a while. Microsoft is further expanding their portfolio of products by announcing two new devices, one of them is running on a similar processor that is powering your smartphone.
A Windows laptop that’s running on a smartphone processor.
Building upon the first-generation model, the Surface Pro X is running on Microsoft’s SQ processor. It has a battery life of up to 15 hours via software optimizations. Other companies are also reengineering its software to be better compatible with the Surface Pro X. This, in turn, will offer better performance on this device.
Other benefits that will come with the new generation Surface Pro X is thinner bezels on a 13-inch display. You will also be always connected with fast Gigabit LTE connection and take advantage of A.I. optimization which adjusts your gaze on video calls, making it seem like you’re looking directly at the built-in camera.
There’s also the Surface Slim Pen which will allow you to doodle or take notes with ease, and it can be docked and charged in the Signature Keyboard.
Microsoft is offering the Surface X on both the new SQ 2 processor as well as the previous generation SQ 1. These processors are made in collaboration with Qualcomm, the same company that developed processors that you’re using in your Android phone.
A smaller and more affordable Surface laptop is here.
Prior to this, Microsoft had the Surface Go, which was a portable tablet that can run windows. This time around, they are making it into a full-blown laptop. Weighing only 1.1kg, the Surface Laptop Go has a 12.4-inch touchscreen display, full-sized keyboard, and touchpad.
It comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and an all-day battery life. While it might be small, Microsoft still managed to include a fingerprint sensor, 720p webcam, and both USB Type-A and Type-C ports.
Both the Surface Pro X and Surface Laptop Go are now available for preorders and will be available for purchase starting October 13.