A Thunderbolt won't even scratch the Surface

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2018 - 02:01 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, ignite, Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2, surface laptop 2

Microsoft's Ignite covered a large array of topics, many of which focused on Azure and the new services it offers as well as updates to a vareity of their software suites.  However we are more interested in the hardware reveals, which include the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2

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The Surface Pro 6 contains an unspecified 8th gen CPU, either an i5 or i7 depending on your preference and up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, with a 12.3", 2736x1824 screen.  It does not have USB-C nor Thunderbolt, Microsoft stuck with USB 3.0, mini DP, and microSD again.

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The Surface Laptop 2 is the same under the hood as the Surface, with a battery rated at 14.5 hours as opposed to the Pro's 13.5.  Aesthetically it matches the previous model, up to an including the lack of Thunderbolt.  If either device interests you, you can opt to sign up for Surface All Access, via Dell, which will get you a device, support, an O365 license and mysterious benefits on the Microsoft Store.  That will cost you $46 a month, or more depending on the model you request, for 24 months as opposed to paying for the Surface up front.  You can get the Surface Go for $25 a month, if you are so inclined.

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Last up is the new Surface Studio all in one PC. If you though the lack of USB-C was an odd choice then meet the Studio, which eschews new silicon for a 7th gen i5 or i7 processor and will contain either a GTX 1060 or 1070.  The screen has been updated as Microsoft claims it is 38% brighter with increased contrast.  As well you now have 4096 levels of pressure on the touchscreen to enhance your artistic flair. 

This generation the change is only surface deep, perhaps next year will see greater changes.

"At a media event in New York City on Tuesday, Microsoft refreshed its Surface hardware with the introduction of the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2 all-in-one PC."

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Source: The Register

October 3, 2018 | 03:24 PM - Posted by Wes Shull (not verified)

A few years back I was at a Valve event w/fellow moderators and Gabe Newell was floating this idea to us as in how much would you pay a month to get a current gen PC with yearly updates. He was looking at offering up three or four types of machines...Super High End (latest tech) down to casual gamers PC w/price points to match. Hardware as a service. We do this for our cell phone service, our tv service...we lease vehicles all the time. Makes sense.

October 3, 2018 | 03:44 PM - Posted by SatNadsHappyCloudSlurpAndMilk (not verified)

Sat-Nad of M$ does not care about Thunderbolt-3! Sat-Nad is all about M$'s cloud/cloud services. And you will pay a subscription for that and store your files on Sat-Nad's cloud for Sat-Nad to eternally milk you for that services related businss model! Sat-Nad's cloud will be where you can store you files so that they can be slurped more efficiently than any PC/Laptop could ever hope to do.

October 3, 2018 | 03:58 PM - Posted by HomeyBroDude (not verified)

When M$ gave me 15gb for OneDrive, then took back 10gb, they lost me as a customer. Forever. I deleted OneDrive from every PC I have, payed Google $3.99/month for 100gb/year.
No USB-C/Thunderbolt? I'll pass..........This is the first iteration that I had any interest in. Leave it to M$ to cut the important corners.

October 4, 2018 | 08:06 AM - Posted by Ocelot (not verified)

Studio 2 has an USB-C port. It can connect to an external display through that, maybe it has thunderbolt, maybe it doesn't, MS didn't specify.

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