Here are all the details about the Surface Pro 6 and the Surface Laptop 2

Laurent Giret

Microsoft has just taken the wraps off its new Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 at its NYC Surface event. A lot of information about the new devices leaked beforehand, so there aren’t too many surprises here. Yes, the two devices will be available in a new black variant, but the classic silver colour, which still has a lot of fans will remain available.

The new Surface Pro is named Surface Pro 6, and it comes with quad-core 8th Gen Intel processors. The design is similar to the one from the previous model, with the same full-friction hinge. You’ll also find a 12.3” Pixel Sense display with the highest contrast ratio that Microsoft has ever delivered for this product line. The Surface Pro 6 also comes with a new thermal system designed for the new quad-core Intel processors that also deliver 50% faster graphic performance. Unlike the 2017 Surface Pro, the Surface Pro 6 ships with Windows 10 Home, which is pretty surprising for a “Pro” device.

Microsoft has also created new Surface Pro Type Cover colours: black, blue, red and grey. Older Surface Pro Type Covers will still be compatible with the new tablet. Overall, this is an iterative update and Microsoft is just perfecting a popular formula with the Surface Pro 6.

Next, Microsoft also unveiled the Surface Laptop 2, which is another iterative update. The new laptop kept the same design with an Alcantara-covered keyboard, but Microsoft says that users should enjoy faster and quieter typing. The 13.5 PixelSense display is still present, with a best in class 1,500:1 contrast ratio. The new laptop also comes with faster 8th gen Intel processors, and Microsoft claims that it should be 85% faster than the original Surface Laptop. Just like the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Laptop doesn’t come with an USB-C port, which is a bit disappointing. However, Microsoft has replaced Windows 10 in S Mode with Windows 10 Home, just like on the Surface Pro 6.

The Surface Laptop 2 also looks pretty great in black, but existing colours like Platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue will remain available. The Surface Laptop 2 will start at $999, which should be affordable enough for the students Microsoft is targeting with this device. As for the Surface Pro 6, it will start at $899 for the model with a Core i5 processor. Both devices are available to pre-order today in select countries (US, Canada, Australia, Austria, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, UK) and will start shipping on October 16th, which is just two weeks away.

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