Sunday, May 10, 2020

Microsoft Covers All the Bases With Impressive Surface Lineup

Microsoft on Wednesday introduced a slew of new products, including the Surface Go 2, the Surface Book 3, Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds.
Both the Surface Go 2 and the Surface Book 3 are offered in versions for the consumer and corporate markets.
The commercial versions of the Surface Go 2 and the Surface Book 3 are shipped with Windows 10 Pro and access to Microsoft Advanced Exchange, a warranty service offering free expedited device replacement, in supported markets.

"The two products are very different," noted Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.
"The Go 2 is a high-value product -- the Surface Book 3 high innovation," he told TechNewsWorld.
"This is where weight, size and connectivity will make a big difference in many consumers' purchase decisions," said Eric Smith, a research director at Strategy Analytics. "When it comes to productivity, we expect the newest generation of Surface Book and Surface Go to continue adding to Microsoft's market share."

Surface Go 2 Steps Up

The Surface Go 2 "is Microsoft's way of showing that Windows can still compete against iPad in the detachable segment without being a premium or enterprise-grade device," Smith said.
Now that the iPad and iPad Air both have native keyboard capabilities, they are providing stiff price competition to the Surface Go 2, he told TechNewsWorld, but "the productivity capabilities in Windows are still stronger than in iPad OS."
The Microsoft Surface originally was positioned as an alternative to Apple, and the Surface Go 2 "comes the closest to providing a compelling iPad alternative," observed Enderle.
The Surface Go 2 has a 10.5-inch PixelSense display, an 8 MP rear facing camera and a camera app to enable document and whiteboard scanning, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and Microsoft's Studio Mics dual microphone solution to improve voice clarity and reduce background noise for video chats.
The display supports 10-finger multitouch and Microsoft's Surface Pen.

Configurations range from the base model's dual-core Intel Pentium processor, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and 64 GB of eMMC storage to the top-of-the-line model's 8th-generation Intel Core m3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of SSD storage.
The Surface Go 2 has a USB-C port, a Surface Connect port, a microSDXC card reader and a headphone jack. It supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5. The top-of-the-line model offers LTE Advanced connectivity.
The Type cover has to be purchased separately.
"The Surface Go 2 Type Cover offers a great typing and trackpad experience, building on all we've learned through the years of delivering Surface products," a Microsoft spokesperson said in comments provided to TechNewsWorld by company rep Lianna McCurdy.
"WiFi 6 is a big step up as 5G begins to take off and consumers start to compare WiFi to faster speeds and lower latency over the next several years," Strategy Analytics' Smith said. "The option to add LTE Advanced also stands out as a way to provide true mobility in a world quickly trending towards work/learn from-from-anywhere behavior."
The consumer version of the Surface Go 2 ships with Windows 10 in S Mode, which restricts users to installing apps from the Microsoft Store. Purchasers can make a one-time, non-reversible switch to standard Windows 10.

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