Microsoft Reveals the New Surface Laptop 2

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Right on schedule, Microsoft has announced the new Surface Pro 6 which, while similar to the previous-generation device on the outside, brings some significant upgrades internally. Microsoft's popular Surface Laptop has been due for a refresh for a while, so the updated version isn't too much of a surprise.

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The new Surface Laptop will get a slight processor bump, with the entry-level model coming in at a higher standard. In addition to the updated colors, the devices, along with the Surface Studio, are expected to receive minor updates in the form of refreshed internals, such as the inclusion of the new eighth-gen quad-core Intel chips, an upgrade from the dual-core seventh-gen chips now present in the Laptop and the Pro.

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It also has the "thinnest touchscreen display on any laptop", according to Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay. In any case, both of these are coupled with an improved cooling system that, when combined together, permits a huge performance gain of 67% over the outgoing model and a battery life of up to 13.5 hours. You can also choose between 512GB or 1TB storage at the top-end. At that event, Microsoft showed off how the new Surfaces could make users more productive at home, at work and on the go. Specifically, both devices might not have USB Type-C ports on them. All three devices deliver significant performance boosts, and are available in a new matte black finish. It's available for pre-order on Tuesday starting at $3,499. As for the Surface Pro 6, it will start at $899 for the model with a Core i5 processor. The base Surface Pro 6 is expected to feature 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core m3 CPU.

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The Surface Headphones ($349) offer adjustable noise cancellation and automatic pause and play, which will stop the video you're viewing when you take them off. Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana is built in and can read your emails aloud or start a conference call. We don't have the full range of specs and pricing yet, but Nate is at the event today and will be doing a hands-on soon and will hopefully be able to get some more information. You can charge them via USB-C and while they're USA -only for now they'll ship later this year, Microsoft says.