Live: Microsoft unveils Surface Book, new phones – USA TODAY
Microsoft introduced several key devices — including a pair of big-screen smartphones and a laptop –Â during an event in New York on Tuesday, as CEO Satya Nadella continues the company’s transportation into a mobile and cloud giant.
The company unveiled the Surface Book, a laptop with 13.5-inch detachable touchscreen, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and the Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones, which feature displays measuring over 5 inches. The Surface devices launch later this month, while the Lumias arrive in November.
Miss the event? Check out our live updates below:
11:50 a.m.:Â Nadella says the mission at Microsoft “is to empower every person on the planet to achieve more.” He ends the event. Thanks for joining us!
11:42 a.m.: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella appears to wrap up. “It’s amazing to see the innovation and momentum with Windows,” he says, citing HoloLens and the newly-announced Microsoft hardware.
11:36Â a.m.: Here’s the most interesting part about the Surface Book: the keyboard is removable, allowing users to wield the screen like a giant tablet. Now that touchscreen capability makes more sense.
11:31Â a.m.: The Surface Book starts at $1,499. Pre-orders begin October 7, and launches October 26.
11:27 a.m.: Panay claims the Surface Book is twice as fast as Apple’s Macbook Pro. The dock used for the Surface Pro 4 also works with Surface Book. Panay now showing footage of the video game Gears of War running on the Surface Book. Looks pretty sharp.
11:25 a.m.: The Surface Book will run Nvidia’s GeForce graphics processing unit (GPU), high-speed GDDR5 memory and 12 hours of battery life.
11:23 a.m.: The laptop includes a 13.5-inch PixelSense screen capable of displaying more than 6 million pixels. The screen is also touch-enabled, and will work with the Surface pen. It also features multi-touch to work with Windows 10.
11:21 a.m.: Microsoft unveils a laptop version of the Surface tablet, called Surface Book. “This is the ultimate laptop,” says Panay.
11:20 a.m.: Pre-orders for the Surface Pro 4 start October 7 starting at $899. The device launches October 26.
11:18 a.m.: The Surface Pro 4 introduces a fingerprint reader, so if you have multiple profiles on the device, users can simply place their finger on the sensor to log in.
11:16Â a.m.: The revamped Surface Pro type cover includes an integrated backlit keyboard, glass trackpad and scissor design on the keys for faster, quieter typing. It will be available in five colors.
11:14 a.m.: The Pro 4 is 8.4 millimeters thick, and includes a docking station that supportsÂ four USB 3.0 ports, two 4K DisplayPort and ethernet ports. Panay has the Pro 4 docked with a physical mouse, using it as a standard PC.
11:12Â a.m.: Panay says Surface Pro 4 is 30% faster than the Pro 3, and 50% faster than a Macbook Air.
11:11 a.m.: The pen will include interchangeable tips and come in five colors including red and blue. The tips allow users to create different types of strokes with the pen.
11:07 a.m.: Cortana is integrated into Surface Pro. Users hold down a button on the tablet to call Cortana and give voice commands. As for the pen, apps including Lightroom and Photoshop will be enabled to work with the pen.
11:05Â a.m.: The Surface Pro 4 includes the latest version of Gorilla Glass, as well as a Surface Pro pen with an eraser. Between this and the Apple Pencil, 2015 is the rebirth of the stylus. The pen comes with the Surface Pro 4 and includes all-year battery life.
11:04 a.m.: The Surface Pro includes a 12.3-inch display capable of displaying more than 5 million pixels. “When you look at this product, when you touch it, you will feel it,” says Panay.
11:02Â a.m.: Lots of big features for the next Surface Pro, including quieter typing on the keyboard, up to 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage, as well as a larger trackpad. It’s officially called the Surface Pro 4.
11:01 a.m.: Panay says 98% of people using the Surface Pro 3 would recommend the device to their friends. That’s pretty high customer satisfaction. Panay also points to the competitors who are “chasing” Surface Pro.
10:57 p.m.: Panay says the goal with Surface is to eliminate the debate between whether to buy a laptop or tablet. We’re now checking out a video showing how productive users are with Surface.
10:54Â a.m.: Panay returns with pricing details: the 950 will be available in November for $549, while the 950 XL sells for $649. “So, I’m guessing you want to talk about Surface,” says Panay. Tablet time.
10:51Â a.m.: Users will have full access to Office through the Lumia smartphones, including software such as Word or PowerPoint. With the smartphone docked, the demonstrator edits tables and works on Word documents. Looks pretty powerful.
10:47 a.m.: Microsoft now showing a demo of the phone connected to a display using the Display Dock, which supports HDMI and three USB connections. It appears Microsoft is really pushing this phone as a PC in your pocket.
10:44Â a.m.: The phones also include a USB-C connection, which will become a key addition on all devices in the future. The phones will boast expandable storage, a big plus for many consumers.
10:39 a.m.: The models will feature 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch OLED displays as well as glance screen technology.Â It also boasts a 20-megapixel camera, optical image stabilization and a dedicated camera button.
10:37Â a.m.:Â Microsoft’s Panos Panay kicks off with Lumia. He pulls out of his back pocket the next Lumia. There will be two models, the 950 and 950 XL. It features adaptive antenna technology, octacore and hexacore processors and liquid cooling technology.
10:33 a.m.: Time for new mobile devices. Myerson is back to discuss the Lumia and Surface lines.
10:30 a.m.: The Band will also work with certain sports like Golf, with features including an automatic scorecard. Microsoft is partnering with several companies including Men’s Fitness, Runkeeper, Facebook, Twitter and Starbucks. The band will be available for pre-order on October 30 for $249.
10:26 a.m.: Matese showcases integration with Cortana, so users can give voice commands through the Band. Users will be able to track exercise and sleep quality with the Band, too.
10:24 a.m.: Myerson moves on to the Microsoft Band, the fitness tracking wearable. Lindsey Matese is on stage to share more. It appears the Band will do more than track fitness, including allow users to view emails.
10:22 a.m.: Myerson says a development edition of the HoloLens will launch during the first quarter of 2016 for $3,000.
10:18 a.m.: The demo shows the player’s view from within HoloLens, as robots crawl through the walls. To dodge attacks, players must physically move around the space. The player is shown wearing a holographic weapon on their wrist.
10:16 a.m.: Myerson shifting to the HoloLens, the company’s augmented reality headset. We start off with a game in a makeshift living room on stage. It starts with Project X-Ray, where robots attack the player by bursting through the walls. Read more about it here.
10:13Â a.m.: Myerson touches on Xbox One and its holiday lineup, noting the video game console will get an upgrade to Windows 10. Myerson also notes the backward compatibility unveiled during June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Myerson showcasing a sizzle reel of some of the upcoming Xbox One games, including Rise of the Tomb Raider and Halo 5.
10:09 a.m.: Myerson says more than 110 million devices currently run Windows 10, the operating system launched this summer. Myerson says 120 years of game play have been streamed from Xbox video game consoles to Windows 10 devices.
10:07 a.m.: Terry Myerson is now on stage to kick things off, boasting how Microsoft has changed lives around the world. The giant screens in the background show happy people in New York, Tokyo and Beijing using Microsoft products.
10:05Â a.m. ET: And after a five-minute delay, the Microsoft event kicks off with a montage about the power of technology. Because that’s what every tech company does before the start of one of these events.
The company’s latest wave of Lumia smartphones will most likely run Windows 10, the operating system Microsoft launched earlier this year. While Microsoft has posted gains in smartphone share, moving to third place overall, the company remains far behinds rivals Apple and Google with their iOS and Android platforms, respectively.
Meanwhile, Microsoft may have more news on Windows 10 as well as its video game console Xbox One. Microsoft is also expected to announce a new version of wearable device Microsoft Band.Â The company could also reveal more on HoloLens, the augmented reality device unveiled in January.
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