Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Laptop 2 & Studio 2 Australian release details

Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Laptop 2 & Studio 2 Australian release details

Matt Blowes October 03, 2018 Hardware, Software, IT Trends

Microsoft have unveiled a series of upgrades to its Surface Pro tablet, Surface Laptop & Surface Studio all-in-one PC, at an event in New York City. Each new device appears similar to its predecessor in design, but they now include improved internal hardware.

The two key new features: new 8th generation quad-core Intel processors and select Surface devices available in a sleek black design. 

The major new devices Microsoft announced were:

  • Surface Pro 6
  • Surface Laptop 2
  • Surface Studio 2
  • Surface Headphones

It's been over a year since each received an update, and almost two years since the original Studio was first announced. Despite the wide-ranging announcement, the Surface Book 2 was not refreshed.

Surface Pro 6
Surface Pro 6

Key new features:

  • Latest 8th generation Intel Core processors
  • Available in matte black
  • Up to 13.5 hours of battery life
  • Complete tech specs here 

The design of the Surface Pro remains largely unchanged but it is available in an additional colour this time around. Recent Surface tablets have only been available in platinum, but the Surface Pro 6 is also available in a matte black option. 

The Surface Pro 6 includes a quad-core CPU thanks to the 8th generation Intel Core processor. Microsoft claims the new Intel processor and internal design improvements for better cooling make the tablet 67% faster than the previous Surface Pro 5. 

Unfortunately, there was no update of the design to include any USB C ports, despite their growing popularity. 

Select models of the Surface Pro 6 are up for pre-order today with general availability in Australia on 17 October, with pricing starting at $1,349. See the available models here.  

Surface Laptop 2
Surface Laptop 2

Key new features:

  • Latest 8th generation Intel Core processors
  • Available in matte black colour
  • RAM starts at 8GB
  • Up to 14.5 hours of battery life
  • Complete tech specs here

Like the Surface Pro 6, the two key updates to the Surface Laptop 2 are the 8th generation Intel Core processor and black design option. However, Microsoft says the new CPU gives the laptop an even greater performance boost of up-to 85 per cent faster than the original Surface Laptop. 

As with the Surface Pro 6, the lack of design change means USB C is once again not included.

Select models of the Surface Laptop 2 are up for pre-order today with general availability in Australia on 17 October, with pricing starting at $1,499.  See the available models here

Surface Studio 2
Surface Studio 2

Key features:

  • 28” PixelSense Display with 4500 x 3000 (192 PPI) resolution, 3:2 aspect ratio, and 10-point multi-touch
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics card
  • 1TB or 2TB SSD
  • Complete tech specs here

Billed as "the most powerful Surface ever", the all-in-one Surface Studio 2 includes an improved display and updated graphics card. Microsoft says the improved display and graphics are perfect for designers.

"The new Surface Studio is 38 per cent brighter, with 22 per cent more contrast ... with 4,096 levels of pressure, tilt sensitivity for drawing and sketching, and best-in-class ink latency, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Pen were designed together to deliver the ultimate creative canvas."

The Studio 2 does get a CPU upgrade from the previous 6th generation Intel processor but only to a 7th generation model. Although it is a powerful Intel Core 7th Generation i7-7820HQ model. 

Select models of the Surface Studio 2 are up for pre-order today with general availability in Australia on 16 November, with pricing starting at $5,499. See the available models here.

Surface Headphones

Microsoft announced an all-new, high-end headset, the Surface Headphones. The noise-cancelling headphones include Cortana, have up-to 15 hours of battery life, and can be fully charged in less than two hours.

Despite the other Surface devices not including USB C, the headphones are powered via a USB C connector. 

Availability and pricing for the headphones in Australia were not revealed, but in the U.S. they will be priced at US$350 and released before the end of the year.

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