Thursday, December 8, 2022

Microsoft Surface Event 2022: Here’s What Happened

Microsoft Surface Event

Over the recent years, Microsoft has gotten into the habit of launching their new high-tech products during their events. On October 12, 2022, the tech giant held its Microsoft Surface Event 2022 online. The event is available for viewing on Microsoft’s event page. But you can find the highlights below.

The New Items unveiled in the Microsoft Surface Event 2022

Microsoft unveiled three new devices and three new accessories, set to be released on October 25, 2022.

Surface Pro 9

The Surface Pro 9 is essentially a tablet with the functionality of a laptop. The main difference between the two available versions, Surface Pro 9 and Surface Pro 9 with 5G, are:

Surface Pro 9

  • 12th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
  • Storage of 256GB and above built on the Intel Evo platform
  • Up to 15.5 hours of battery life
  • 2 Thunderbolt 4 Ports
  • Best for professional software and local gaming

Surface Pro 9 with 5G

  • 5G connectivity
  • Microsoft SQ 3 processor with Neural Processing Unit
  • U to 19 hours of battery life
  • 2 x USB-C ports
  • Best for go-anywhere productivity, cloud gaming, and AI-enabled enhanced camera effects

In contrast to the non-5G one, the 5G device does not support Dolby Vision IQ (software developed by Dolby Laboratories that dynamically adjusts the High Dynamic Range picture based on the light conditions in the room).

Both feature a front-facing camera with 1080p full HD video and a10.0 MP rear-facing camera autofocus camera with 1080p HD and 4k video.

Additionally, This new device has a virtually edge-to-edge 13” PixelSense touchscreen designed for the Surface Slim Pen 2 and Windows 11 that comes preloaded onto the device.

Available in four different colors, the device is set to be sold for a starting price of 999.99$.

Surface Laptop 5

The Surface Laptop 5 was announced during the Microsoft Surface Event 2022 and is set to be released with a starting price tag of 999.99$. It is available in five different yet neutral colors. You can choose a 13.5” PixelSense touchscreen or a larger 15” ideal for split-screen multitasking.

This laptop is light and sleek with a comfortable keyboard. Not only does the Thunderbolt 4 port charge your computer, but it also delivers faster data transfer for large video files. It uses 12th Gen Intel Core i5/i7 processors built on the Intel Evo platform.

Surface Laptop 5 is equipped with Studio Mics and provides enhanced camera experiences powered by Windows 11. It supports Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos (a surround sound technology developed by Dolby Laboratories that allows sounds to be experienced as three-dimensional objects).

Surface Studio 2 Plus

During the Microsoft Surface Event 2022, Microsoft introduced the new Surface Studio, Surface Studio 2 Plus. The device is dropping for a starting price of 4,499.99$.

Its processor is an 11th Gen Intel Core H35. It supports Dolby Vision, a predecessor of Dolby Vision IQ, and Dolby Atmos.

Furthermore, the device features a 28” PixelSense™ touch display with Zero Gravity Hinge and is equipped with a 1080p HD camera and far-field dual Studio Mics. It also includes a variety of ports, USB-C with Thunderbolt 4. 

Finally, this device is compatible with the Surface Pen, keyboard, and mouse.

Adaptive Accessories

The presenter also announced a range of adaptive accessories at the Microsoft Surface Event 2022.

  • Microsoft Adaptive Mouse: 44.99$
  • Microsoft Adaptive Mouse Tail and Thumb Support: 14.99$
  • Microsoft Adaptive Hub: 59.99$
  • Microsoft Adaptive D-pad Button: 39.99$
  • Microsoft Adaptive Joystick Button: 39.99$
  • Microsoft Adaptive Dual Button: 39.99$

To make these accessories fit your needs, you can attach 3D-printed designs.

Microsoft Presenter+

Microsoft Presenter+ was also introduced during the Microsoft Surface Event 2022. This device fits the palm of your hand and is compatible with Microsoft Teams conference software and several presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, and Keynote.

It features a Microsoft Teams button, a mute button, a left navigation button, a right navigation button, a pointer button, a Bluetooth pairing button, and a Power slider.

The starting price for this gadget is 79.99$.

Microsoft Audio Dock

During the Microsoft Surface Event 2022, the last device announced was the Microsoft Audio Dock, set to retail at approximately 249.99$.

Its compact size makes for a transportable addition to your setup.

It is compatible with Windows 11 Home/Pro, Windows 10, and MacOS Operating Systems, and Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet Conference Software.

It features a Microsoft Teams button, a mute button, and volume buttons.

Microsoft Surface Event 2022: Further Announcements

In addition to introducing new devices and gadgets to the market, the presenter announced Apple and Microsoft collaboration to bring the Apple Music app to consumers on Xbox. Not only that, but they plan to engineer Apple TV Plus and Apple Music to Windows next year. Not to forget, they are bridging the gap between iPhone users and Microsoft devices by adding an iCloud Photos integration.

The new Microsoft Designer is also being added to the Microsoft Office Suite. This software is powered by Open AI’s Dall-E 2. Microsoft Edge will also have it as a new feature. Those interested can now sign up for free web preview access. And, when it drops, it will be available for free, minus some features exclusive to Microsoft 365 subscribers.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Microsoft Surface Event 2022 was highly illuminating. It introduced the market to new high-tech devices, nifty gadgets, and, most importantly, adaptive accessories. We will not, however, know users’ feedback until after the 25th of this month when they become available.


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