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Microsoft’s Surface Event: Introducing New Devices

In the absence of the iconic Panos Panay, Microsoft faced a defining moment at its Surface event in New York City. The long-time head of the division had recently departed, leaving a void that was filled by none other than CEO Satya Nadella himself. However, the spotlight remained firmly on the hardware, with the Surface Laptop Go 3 and Surface Laptop Studio 2 stealing the show.

Fifteen months after the introduction of the Laptop Go 2, which featured a new fingerprint reader, its successor emerged with impressive upgrades under the hood. Powered by the 12th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU and Intel Iris Xe graphics, Microsoft proudly claims an 88% boost in performance when compared to the original Surface Laptop Go, released in late 2020.

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True to its name, portability takes center stage in the Surface Laptop Go 3. Weighing in at just under 2.5 pounds, this 12.4-inch marvel is exceptionally lightweight. Naturally, it boasts a touchscreen display, a hallmark of the Surface lineup. Equipped with a pair of Studio microphones and Dolby Atmos-tuned speakers, it delivers an immersive audiovisual experience. Additionally, Microsoft promises an impressive 15 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Stepping up in size, the new Laptop Studio measures 14.4 inches and boasts significant power under the hood, courtesy of 13th-gen Intel Core H-class processors. Graphics enthusiasts can opt for Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050, 4060, or RTX 2000 graphics configurations. The device offers a modern array of ports, including two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, a traditional USB-A port, and a microSD card reader, catering to the creative professional’s needs. It’s clear that Microsoft has crafted a well-rounded system with the Laptop Studio 2.

Both of these cutting-edge systems are available for preorder, with shipping scheduled to commence on October 3. The Surface Laptop Go 3 starts at a competitive $799, while the Laptop Studio 2 is positioned as a premium offering, with a starting price of $1,999.

These launches come at a time when reports circulate about Panos Panay’s departure from the division, which allegedly stemmed from budget constraints and the cancellation of some experimental Surface devices.