With Microsoft on its way to becoming a services company to rival Google, it unveils a line-up of a tablet, smart watch in a band, phones and a laptop
Surface Pro 4
After selling us a laptop, Microsoft wants us to replace it with a tablet. It has been touting Surface as the tablet that can replace our laptops, and the Surface 4 is fast, light and thin. It is also marginally bigger, as the 12-inch display of the earlier Surface Pro 3 is replaced by a 12.3-inch display without increasing the overall foot print of the tablet. The tablet is also covered with the sturdy Gorilla Glass 4. The hallmark of the Surface devices, the attachable keyboard, has spaced keys for easy typing. The keyboard incorporates a fingerprint sensor so you can use the ‘Windows Hello’ feature that uses biometric information to log in and change user profiles.
It also has a dedicated chip to run the display, which makes it the most natural touchscreen on any tablet. With sixth-gen processors from Intel, this will run Windows 10 and will come with storage options of 128GB and can go up to 1TB. Prices start at $899 (approximately Rs 60,000).
Microsoft Band 2
The Microsoft Band is the smart watch from Microsoft, which is better known as a smart fitness band. Aimed at fitness enthusiasts, the second generation of the Band looks better than last year’s model, and has a curved display made out of Gorilla Glass 3. It also gains a few new tricks so it can not only measure your heart rate, keep a tab on your route using GPS and monitor your sleep, but can also track elevation. Along with fitness, the Band 2 also gets some apps for email, access Facebook and order a Uber cab.
All this can be done from your wrist. Another addition is the integration with Microsoft’s AI assistant Cortana to remind you of missed workouts. The Band 2 works with iPhones, Android and Windows Phones. It will be available for $249 (approximately Rs 17,000).
<< Surface Book
Microsoft made its first laptop to take on the MacBook Pro and it is calling it the Surface Book. Made for customers who want a bigger screen than its Surface tablet, that too with the full tablet experience, Surface Book is the perfect choice.
The Surface Book has a weird, snake-like hinge that Microsoft is calling the ‘dynamic fulcrum’. Snaking out of the hinge is the 13.5-inch display with a pixel density of 267PPI. The keyboard is a well designed and has a wide touchpad and backlit keys. Surface Book has the latest processors and graphics cards from Intel and NVIDIA. The company claims it to be two times more powerful than a MacBook. When you press a dedicated button, the keyboard and the screen pops right out to become a standalone Surface tablet. Combined with a Surface pen, it is easy to use. The device runs Windows 10.
It will be available for $1499 (approximately Rs.98,000).
Lumia 950 and 950XL
Microsoft is bringing back the Windows phone with Windows 10. The Lumia 950 and the 950XL are the company’s flagship devices. The 950 boasts of a 5.2-inch Quad HD screen and its bigger sibling has a 5.7-inch screen. They include Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, USB Type-C ports with fast charging, and 20 mega-pixel sensors on the back cameras. Display Dock—that Microsoft is selling separately—hooks up your phone to any monitor and converts it into a stripped down Windows 10 PC that is running apps off your phone. Prices start at $549 (approx. Rs 36,000). Microsoft also has an economical Lumia 550 at $139 (approx. Rs 10,000).
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