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Microsoft announces a trio of devices with the Surface Headphones 2, Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3

The Surface spring hardware refresh, plus the Surface Earbuds. (Image source: Microsoft)
The Surface spring hardware refresh, plus the Surface Earbuds. (Image source: Microsoft)
Launched alongside the Surface Earbuds, the Surface Headphones 2, Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 will all start shipping later this month. The Surface Book 3 makes the jump to Ice Lake-U processors and up to a Quadro RTX 3000 GPU too, but there is no AMD Ryzen version as there is with the Surface Laptop 3.
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Microsoft has announced a trio of new Surface hardware, the Surface Headphones 2, Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3. 

Starting with the new Surface Headphones, Microsoft now offers these in two colours, "Light Gray" and "Matte Black". Compatible with Android, iOS, macOS and Windows 10, the Surface Headphones are rated for up to 20 hours between charges, while a five-minute charge should yield "almost an hour of music". The Surface Headphones 2 has 13 levels of adjustable noise cancellation, too.

As leaks have suggested, Microsoft has upgraded the Surface 2 to a 10.5-inch display with a pixel density of 220 PPI. The device can be configured LTE and up to a Core m3-8100Y processor, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Marketed as offering up to "64% faster performance" than the original Surface Go, Microsoft also claims that the Surface Go 2 can last up to 10 hours between charges.

Arguably the most exciting of three, the Surface Book 3 will arrive in 13.5-inch and 15-inch versions. Seemingly only available with Ice Lake-U processors, there are quite a few differences between the two models as the table below demonstrates. While both will be available a Core i7-1065G7 processor, Microsoft will offer the 13.5-inch model without a dGPU or with a GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q. Additionally, the 15-inch model will have the option of a GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q or a Quadro RTX 3000 Max-Q. Both editions will be available with up to 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage. Microsoft will sell a 2 TB 15-inch model in the US, though.

The Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Go 2 will start shipping on May 12 for US$249 and US$399 respectively. The Surface Book 3, meanwhile, will be released on May 21 for US$1,599.99 and upwards.

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(Image source: Microsoft)
(Image source: Microsoft)
(Image source: Microsoft)
Surface Headphones 2
Exterior Dimensions: 8.03” (204 mm) x 7.68” (195 mm) x 1.89” (48 mm)
Colors: Light Gray, Matte Black
Buttons: Power button, Mute button, Volume dial (right ear), Noise Cancellation dial (left ear)
Weight: 0.64 lbs (290.3 g)
Frequency Response 20–20kHz
Noise Cancellation Up to 30 dB for active noise cancellation
Up to 40 dB for passive noise cancellation
Speaker 40 mm Free Edge speaker
Sound Pressure Level Output Up to 115 dB (1kHz, 1Vrms via cable connector with power on)
Up to 115 dB (1kHz, 0dBFS over Bluetooth connection)
Charging Full charge in less than 2 hours
Battery Up to 20 hours (with music playback over Bluetooth®, ANC on)
USB Cord Length 1.5 m
Audio Cable Length 1.2 m
Inputs USB-C connector
3.5 mm audio connector
Compatibility Windows 10, iOS, Android, MacOS
Buttons/Controls Power button, Mute button, Volume dial (right ear), Noise Cancellation dial (left ear), Touch interface on both ear cups
In the box Surface Headphones 2
Carrying case
USB cable
Audio cable
Quick start guide
Safety and warranty documents
Surface Go 2
Operating System Consumer Channels: Windows 10 Home in S mode
Commercial Channels: Windows 10 Pro
Exterior Dimensions: 9.65 inches x 6.9 inches x 0.33 inches (245 mm x 175 mm x 8.3 mm)
Mechanical features: Magnesium body, kickstand with full-friction multi-position hinge to 165 degrees, magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
Colour: Silver
Physical buttons: volume, power
Wi-Fi: Starting at 1.2 lbs (544 g), not including Type Cover
LTE Advanced: Starting at 1.22 lbs (553 g), not including Type Cover
Display Screen: 10.5-inch PixelSense Display
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,280 (220 PPI)
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Contrast Ratio 1,500:1
Touch: 10-point multi-touch
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y
Intel Core m3-8100Y
Graphics Intel® UHD Graphics 615
Memory 4 GB/8 GB RAM
Storage 64 GB eMMC
128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Security Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
Firmware TPM 2.0
Network Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible, Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology
LTE Advanced Qualcomm® Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem
Battery WiFi: Up to 10 hours of typical device usage
LTE Advanced:3 Up to 10 hours of typical device usage
Cameras, Video and Audio Windows Hello face sign-in camera (front-facing)
5.0 MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD Skype HD video
8.0 MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Dual Studio Mics
2 W stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio Premium
Ports 1 x USB-C
1 x Surface Connect
Surface Type Cover Port
MicroSDXC card reader
3.5 mm headphone jack
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Power supply 24 W power supply
In the box Surface Go 2
Power supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents
Surface Book 3 13.5“ Surface Book 3 15“
Display Screen: 13.5” PixelSense Display
Resolution: 3,000 x 2,000 (267 PPI)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Contrast ratio: 1,600:1
Touch: 10 point multi-touch G5
Screen: 15” PixelSense Display
Resolution: 3,240 x 2,160, (260 PPI)
10 point multi-touch G5
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Contrast ratio: 1,600:1
Processor Intel Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics Intel® i5-1035G7 models
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Intel i7-1065G7 models
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with Max-Q Design w/4 GB GDDR5 VRAM
Intel® i7-1065G7 models
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q Design w/6 GB GDDR6 VRAM
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 with Max-Q Design w/6 GB GDDR6 VRAM
Windows OS Ships with 64-bit Windows 10 Pro and Home Ships with 64-bit Windows 10 Pro and Home
Dimensions Intel Core i5
12.3” x 9.14” x 0.51”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 13 mm-23 mm)
Intel Core i7
12.3” x 9.14” x 0.59”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)
Intel Core i7
13.5” x 9.87” x 0.568-0.90” (343 mm x 251 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)
Weight Intel Core i5
Total – 1534 g (3.38 lbs)
Tablet – 719 g (1.59 lbs)
Intel Core i7
Total – 1642 g (3.62 lbs)
Tablet – 719 g (1.59 lbs)
Intel Core i7
Total – 1905 g (4.20 lbs)
Tablet – 817 g (1.80 lbs)
Memory 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB 3733 MHz LPDDR4x 16 GB or 32 GB 3733 MHz LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 TB PCIe SSD 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB PCIe SSD
*2 TB storage available in the U.S.
Battery Connected to keyboard base: Up to 15.5 hours of typical device usage Connected to keyboard base: Up to 17.5 hours of typical device usage
Wireless Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology
Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology
Xbox Wireless built-in
Ports 2 x USB-A (version 3.1 Gen 2)
1 x USB-C (version 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Power Delivery revision 3.0)
3.5 mm headphone jack
2 x Surface Connect ports (one on keyboard base, one on tablet)
Full-size SDXC card reader
Compatible with Surface Dial on- and off-screen interaction
2 x USB-A (version 3.1 Gen 2)
1 x USB-C (version 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Power Delivery revision 3.0)
3.5 mm headphone jack
2 x Surface Connect ports (one on keyboard base, one on tablet)
Full-size SDXC card reader
Compatible with Surface Dial on- and off-screen interaction
Security HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Cameras Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
5.0 MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
8.0 MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
5.0 MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
8.0 MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio Dual far-field Studio Mics
Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
Dual far-field Studio Mics
Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
Keyboard and Trackpad Full-size, backlit keyboard with 1.55 mm of full key travel
Glass track pad with anti-fingerprint coating and improved multi-finger gestures
Full-size, backlit keyboard with 1.55 mm of full key travel
Glass track pad with anti-fingerprint coating and improved multi-finger gestures
In the Box Intel Core i5
65 W Surface Power Supply w/USB-A (5 W) charging port
Intel Core i7
102 W Surface Power Supply w/USB-A (7 W) charging port
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents
127 W Surface Power Supply w/USB-A (7 W) charging port
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents

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