Microsoft is always working on new hardware, and thanks a whole bunch of leaks spanning all the back to 2017, we know that we can expect to see at least some of that new hardware within the next 12 months. Everything from a new 10-inch Surface tablet, to a mythical dual-screen mobile pocket PC codenamed Andromeda. Here's everything Microsoft is currently working on for release over the next year or two. Surface "Andromeda" (2018) Microsoft's secret Andromeda project is something we first learned about towards the end of 2017. It's a dual-screen, mobile pocket PC that's designed to look and feel a little like a digital journal. According to our sources, Andromeda is one of Microsoft's first shipping products to use the new Windows Core OS modular base of Windows 10, along with a new shell experience dubbed "Andromeda OS" using CShell. We can expect to see this device announced towards the end of this year. It is widely expected that this device is going to be Microsoft's "re-entry" into … [Read more...] about Everything we know about upcoming Microsoft Surface and Xbox hardware
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New Surface devices will be arriving at some point, but for now Microsoft offers four Surface device families within its portfolio comprising the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book and Surface Studio. The latest to launch is the Surface Book 2, the updated version of the Surface Book, which comes in 13 and 15-inch versions. Each Surface has a touchscreen, but only three of them are "mobile", as one of them is an eye-catching all-in-one that sits on a desk and one of them runs a sandboxed version of Windows known as Windows 10 S.Confused about which one might be the one for you? No worries. It's not as complicated as it first seems and to help you figure out the differences between them all and work out which is the best for your requirements, we've compared each of the four Surface device families spec-by-spec to give you a better idea of which is best for you.Quick summaryThe Surface Pro is the cheapest Surface device overall. It's a Windows 10 Pro PC that also offers … [Read more...] about Which is the best Microsoft Surface device for you?
Microsoft kicked off the detachable tablet segment of the modern 2-in-1 market with its original Surface device, which also heralded the company’s entry into the PC hardware business. Microsoft has continued to improve the lineup since then, while other PC makers jumped into the 2-in-1 market with a vengeance, offering their own variants of ever-increasing quality and performance. The PC market is starting to recover from its years-long slide in sales volume, and the 2-in-1 has been an important part of its resurgence. Even with all the competition, the Surface Pro 4 remained our favorite Windows 10 detachable tablet and emerged as one of the best-selling Surface products. Now, after more than 18 months on the market, Microsoft has finally introduced the fifth generation in the Surface Pro family. But don’t call it the Surface Pro 5. The number is no more. The new Surface Pro is in some ways an incremental update to the Surface Pro 4, and … [Read more...] about 5 generations later, Microsoft’s Surface Pro is still the best 2-in-1 out there
Here we go again: Mac vs PC, Apple vs Microsoft. This time around, it's the battle of the top-tier all-in-ones, the upcoming iMac Pro up against the Surface Studio. They're both high-end devices primarily targeting creative and media professionals, but there are as many differences as there are similarities between them, and there's a lot to break down. Want to read more about the iMac Pro? We have an iMac Pro review and our comparison of the iMac vs the iMac Pro. You can also read our comparison of all the 'pro' Macs. Price and availability Before we dive into the hardware itself, let's take a look at two of the most important questions: when can you buy them, and how much do they cost? The Surface Studio is out now in both the UK and the US, and starts from £2,999/$2,999 for the base model. There are two other configurations available, with the mid-range going for £3,549/$3,499, and the top-tier version priced at £4,249/$4,199. But if you thought the Surface Studio was … [Read more...] about Head to head: the megapowerful iMac Pro vs Microsoft’s Surface Studio
In Microsoft’s relatively young hardware division, the Surface Pro has always stood for what the company believes is the future of personal computing. Originally billed as “the tablet that can replace your laptop,” it straddles the line between a traditional computer and something different. Times have changed in the five years since the Surface debuted. Every company that makes PCs has its own take on the “productive tablet,” many of which copy Microsoft’s designs wholesale. Even Apple is pitching its iPad Pro line as something that can be your primary computer. Within Microsoft’s own lineup, the Surface Pro has been joined by the more powerful Surface Book, the more stationary Surface Studio, and most recently, the more traditional Surface Laptop. Microsoft’s corporate vice president of devices and head of the Surface team, Panos Panay, says the company now thinks of the Pro as a laptop, not as a tablet or some other device. “This … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Pro review: the new normal