Microsoft responds to Apple with its Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2

Microsoft is renewing its Surface range with the Surface Book 3, a high-end hybrid PC and the Surface Go 2, its first-price consumer hybrid tablet.

Faced with the iPad Pro and Apple MacBooks, Microsoft retaliated by renewing its Surface range. The firm has just announced  a high-end 2-in-1 PC and a consumer tablet . The first device is the Living Book 3, a computer laptop hybrid that comes in two sizes. The base model sports a 13.5-inch screen that displays a definition of 3,000 x 2,000 pixels , while a second 15-inch model offers a definition of 3,240 x 2,160 pixels.

All devices have a 10th generation Intel Core processor , with the choice between a Core i5-1035G7 and a Core i7-1065G7 for the 13.5 inch version. All versions of the 15-inch model directly integrate the more powerful processor of the two, namely the Core i7-1065G7.

The new Surface Book 3 is Microsoft's most powerful hybrid computer © Microsoft

On the memory side, the Surface Book 3 is equipped with 8 to 32 gigabytes of RAM and a PCIe SSD hard drive of 256 gigabytes at 1 terabyte. The 13.5-inch input model with a Core i5 only has the integrated graphics chip , while the Core i7 version has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. The 15-inch model incorporates the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 card Ti. Microsoft also announced the optional NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 card for the enterprise version.

Surface Book 3 available in early June

Microsoft has indicated an autonomy of 15.5 hours for the 13.5 inch model, and up to 17.5 hours for the 15 inch. The release is announced for June 5, but pre-orders are open now. Count a starting price of 1,799 euros for the 13.5-inch model, and 2,599 euros for the 15-inch version.

The Surface Go 2 is a tablet with a 10.5-inch touch screen. The basic version is equipped with an Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor , while Microsoft offers a more powerful model incorporating an 8th generation Intel Core M3 processor . The latter would be 64% more powerful than the Surface Go released in 2018. It is accompanied by 4 or 8 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of eMMC storage, or an SSD disk of 128 gigabytes. The tablet weighs 544 grams, and Microsoft announces an autonomy of 10 hours.

Skype-oriented tablet and headphones

Microsoft has obviously designed the tablet for video conferencing since it has a 5 megapixel front camera “   1080p Skype HD video quality ” and two stereo microphones. The device works thanks to Windows 10 in S mode, a light version of the operating system limited to applications from the Microsoft Store.

It’s all from The Surface Go 2 is compatible with the keyboard type Cover, as well as the Surface stylus, sold separately. The device is already available for pre-order on the firm’s website, with a release announced for May 12. Count a starting price of 459 euros for the Pentium Gold version, or 719 euros for the higher model equipped with the Intel Core M3 processor.

Microsoft has also announced two other products in the same range. The Surface Headphones 2 is a wireless headset with an autonomy of 20 hours, and sold at a price of 279.99 euros from June 5. Then come the Surface Earbuds wireless headphones, which offer 24-hour autonomy and sold for 219.99 euros from May 12. Pre-orders for all of these new devices are open now.