Microsoft Surface Pro X SQ1 SoC vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx – What’s different?

As part of yesterdays Surface event, where Microsoft launched their first foldable devices, the Surface Pro X was launched featuring a custom ARM-powered chipset co-engineered with Qualcomm called the SQ1. So what is the SQ1 and how does it differ from the Snapdragon 8cx which is Qualcomm’s current top of the range Windows and Arm … Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 & Surface Laptop 2 Announced

October is a crazy month for product launches, and Microsoft has started the ball rolling with the announcement of the new Surface Pro 6 & Surface Laptop 2. We knew these laptops were coming, but we all were hoping the announcement would include the new Windows Surface Phone that is in the works, but we will sadly have … Read more

Microsoft Surface Go Launched – An affordable 10-inch 0.5 KG 2-in-1

It has been a long time since Microsoft launched one of the affordable versions of its Surface line-up, but they have finally announced a worthy successor to the Surface 3, and it could be the best portable option on the market. If you want a laptop that is easy to carry around all day long and you … Read more

Next-Gen Xbox to be released in 2020 – Project Scarlet includes a family of devices. One X2?

Speculation about the next generation of consoles is starting to build up, with a lot of it focussing on the Sony PS5 and it using an AMD built Navi based chip. It has also been said that the hotly anticipated Starfield won’t release on the current generation hardware, and Elder Scrolls VI certainly won’t. However, Microsoft … Read more

Microsoft Announces Surface Book 2 with 13″ & 15″ Display & Nvidia 1050/1060

Normally with product releases, there is all sort of leaks and hypes about a new product, but Microsoft seems to have gone under the radar with their newly announced Surface Book 2. It has been a few years since the original was announced, and it was generally regarded as one of the best, if not … Read more

Microsoft Surface Event: Microsoft’s Surface Book i7 offers twice the graphics power

As you would expect from the Microsoft Surface Event, a new updated Surface has been launched. Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Book i7, a refresh that focuses on pure power. As the name suggests you now get a Core i7 CPU, but a hefty upgrade to the GPU built into the base, using a GeForce … Read more

Microsoft Surface Event: Surface Studio and Surface Dial

The annual Microsoft Surface event may not have as much hype behind it as the Apple and Google events, but they still announce some very interesting products. The Surface line has been a big success for Microsoft, then there have been announcements such as the Hololens which throw a curve ball and create a huge … Read more

Microsoft kills off Xbox as we know it. Merges PC/Xbox Platforms

Microsoft have announced that they are effectively killing off the Xbox platform as we know it and instead will be unifying the platform with PC using Universal Windows Applications (UWAs). Universal Windows Applications (UWAs) have been one of Microsoft focusses for a while now and it is a development platform that will allow games to … Read more

Microsoft Announces Surface Book: A High End Convertible Laptop

The biggest surprise from Microsoft’s recent launch event was the announcement of the Surface Book. In the words of Microsoft’s Panos Panay “What if you wanted a Surface — but you wanted a laptop Surface, something with a bigger screen, something with the perfect typing experience of a laptop?”

Well the Surface Book is your solution, it has a traditional looking keyboard so it can sit on your lap fine, but like other devices in the surface range it can work as a tablet too, the screen is completely detachable from the keyboard.

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The specifications are very impressive with a 267 ppi, 13.5-inch display, a sixth-generation Intel Core processor, up to 16GB of RAM and a claimed 12-hour battery. Unlike many other competing laptops, the Surface Book has an option for a NVIDIA GeForce GPU. Panay demonstrated the power of the laptop by playing Gears of War onstage and then immediately editing footage from the game in Adobe Premiere Pro.

It also supports the Microsoft Surface Pen (it's included, actually) and the Surface Pro dock.

Pre-orders have started in the US, but no word on UK availability yet. The product will hit US stores on October 26th, starting at $1,499 (for the 128GB/8GB Core i5, Intel HD graphics configuration) to $2,699.00 (512GB/16GB, Core i7, NVIDIA GPU).

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Microsoft announces Surface Pro 4

Microsoft held its major launch event yesterday with several new devices announced.

The first up is the launch of the Surface Pro 4. The surface line has been a big success for Microsoft and they are generally regarded as the best hybrids on the market.

The Surface Pro 4 looks pretty much the same as last year but it's thinner at 8.4 mm and sports a larger 12.3-inch display.

The new display uses something Microsoft called PixelSense technology with the thinnest optical stack on a screen that pushes over 5 million pixels with over 267 ppi. It also supports 1,024 levels of pressure with the new pen (which now sports an eraser) that attaches magnetically to the new Surface. The Surface itself has up to 16GB of RAM and up to an impressive 1TB of storage. A sixth-generation Core Intel processor (up to a Core i7) runs the entire thing. The new CPU helps make the Pro 4 30% faster than last year’s model.

The accessories have also been revamped with the Touch Cover being thinner, lighter and having a trackpad that is 40% larger. The keys also have more space between them and better travel, giving it more of a proper keyboard feel.

A new dock is also available with USB 3.0 ports, two 4K DisplayPorts and Ethernet and like the new Type Cover will work with the Surface Pro 3.

No word on UK pricing but it will start at $899 and should be released on October 26th

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – Create Campaign

Microsoft are on their 3rd iteration of their Surface Pro range. The hybrid tablet with full fat Windows has always been well reviewed but had received criticism for the weight and battery life in comparison to a traditional tablet. Finally with the Surface Pro 3 Microsoft have resolved most of these problems allowing the device to function just as well in tablet and laptop mode and because of this is has received universal acclaim for review sites and regular users themselves. If you are looking for a hybrid tablet it is generally regarded as the top option out there.

In comparison to a Android or Windows RT based tablet the SP3 has 4th generation Intel Core chips going from an i3-4020Y running at 1.5GHz to an i7-4650U running at 1.7GHz to 3.3GHz with Turbo Boost. This allows users to run fully fledged work applications including Photoshop or Dreamweaver. However the power inside the SP3 doesn't mean you have to sacrifice portability as it weighs just 800g making it considerably lighter than a 11-inch Macbook Air and only 350g heavier than a iPad Air 2 which uses mobile components.

To show off the flexibility of the SP3 Microsoft have recently launched a new campaign showing how the it can adapt for multiple situations. For creative types one of its strongest features is the ability to draw directly onto the SP3 with the included stylus rather than having to scan in drawings or use dedicated drawing devices.

You can buy the Surface Pro 3 today from £639.00

Microsoft buys Nokia’s devices for $7.2 billion

Microsoft have made a very bold step by purchasing Nokia’s Devices and Services unit, bringing the Lumia lineup under the Redmond roof. The move unites Windows Phone 8 with its biggest hardware supporter, giving the company the integrated mobile offering it’s been looking for with Surface and other devices. When the deal closes in the … Read more