Friday, October 9, 2015

Promising New Products from Microsoft

Microsoft Surface
During the Microsoft event that promised some exciting new Windows 10 products, one item stole the attention of those who attended: Surface Book.

Considered the biggest star by far is also the company’s first laptop. And it’s not just any old notebook: It’s what Microsoft calls the “ultimate” laptop: wafer-thin, 12 hours of battery life, with twice the performance of a MacBook Pro.

But it’s also a 2-in-1 device whose pen- and touch-compatible screen detaches from the keyboard base to become a stand-alone tablet. So it’s not exactly a laptop. The Surface Book starts at $1,499 and goes on sale Oct. 26th.

As expected, Microsoft also introduced the Surface Pro 4 (which the company still touts as the “tablet that can replace your laptop” — assuming that laptop isn’t a Surface Book).

It’s thinner than its predecessor (8.4 mm) and (according to Microsoft) 30 percent more powerful and more battery-efficient. As before, it works with the keyboard-equipped Type Cover to convert into a laptop.

This time around the Touch Cover keyboard gets improved keys that feel more like those found on a laptop or desktop keyboard.

There’s also an improved Surface Pen stylus. The Pen can now detect more pressure points, so it responds better to user inputs, and has an eraser at the top, so users can use it to delete their work. Imagine that: a pen with an eraser.

The Surface Pro 4 starts at US$ 899, and like the Surface Book, goes on Sale 26 October.

Also as expected, Microsoft showed off two new phones: the 5.2-inch Lumia 950 and 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL. Both run Windows 10, and both support Continuum and the new Microsoft Display Dock accessory, which lets users connect the phone to a monitor or a keyboard and mouse so it behaves like a PC.

The phones also each get 20-megapixel rear cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS), which helps ensure photos come out nice and sharp even if the hand shakes while taking them.

The Lumia 950 gets a 6-core processor, while the more power 950 XL gets and 8-core processor. Both handsets also come with 32GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded via their microSD card slots.

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