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Microsoft Surface Phone: double details fit to battle Apple and Samsung

Microsoft Surface Phone: double details fit to battle Apple and Samsung

Microsoft leaves clues for the impending launch of a Surface Phone for Windows Phone (or Windows 10, if you prefer) every time they release a new product. Each new piece of manufacturing tells us more about the direction the company is going in. And with a number of insider sources speaking up over the past couple of weeks amid shouts from the masses for a more substantial effort from Microsoft, it might be time, sooner than you think. Sooner than the end of next year, that is to say.

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Microsoft Surface Phone might have a two-phone tag team

Microsoft Surface Phone might have a two-phone tag team

To some extent, it's almost understandable that Windows Phone and Lumia fans still crave for an even more premium flagship. The Lumia 950 and its larger 950 XL sibling, though high spec'ed, didn't really tickle the fancy of those drooling over metal-clad smartphones. In short, there's still some clamor for what most are calling the Surface Phone. Based on another set of rumors, awaiting fans might actually be treated to two such smartphones, in a strategy that reeks of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book tandem.

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Hybrids: this is the future of tablets

Hybrids: this is the future of tablets

Google has just made the Pixel C Android 2-in-1 tablet available for purchase and the tech world will undoubtedly be awash with reviews of the device, most of which will compare it with the iPad Pro and the Surface 3. And that's to be expected, not just because they are direct competitors to each other, to some extent, but also because they are the forerunners of a shift in the tablet market that will most likely define the device category in the next few years. Tablets are growing up, and they aren't content to just be passive bystanders to the digital content that we are creating by the droves.

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 event wrap-up: The Apple War

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 event wrap-up: The Apple War

This week Microsoft became a computer company selling hardware - not just phones, not just tablets, but laptops, too. Today we're running down all the products we saw the company deliver to the public, including the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Book, a new Microsoft Band, and a couple of smartphones. Microsoft suggests that they're taking on Apple directly with these products - at least the Surface models vs Apple's laptops. Do they put their manufacturing where their mouth is, or do we need to wait to see how well the lot fares?

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Surface Book vs MacBook Pro: Microsoft calls out Apple

Surface Book vs MacBook Pro: Microsoft calls out Apple

This morning as Microsoft prepared to reveal several new Surface devices, they couldn't help but call out their competitors first. "We have competitors, you may have noticed," said Microsoft's Panos Panay, referring to the Surface and other competitor tablets launched with keyboards, "they're chasing it, it's pretty cool." Panay went on to suggest that Microsoft's options were to "double down and bring the thunder" or to "reinvent the category again." Microsoft appeared to choose the former as they played Thunderstruck by AC/DC while presenting the new Surface Pro 4.

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Surface Pro 4 hands-on: bigger, yet smaller

Surface Pro 4 hands-on: bigger, yet smaller

Today the Surface Pro 4 has been revealed by Microsoft: a device with a larger display than the Surface 3, a thinner body, and a more powerful processor. This device appears not long after companies like Google and Apple have revealed their own "tablets with keyboards" devices that bear more than a passing resemblance to Microsoft's Surface lineup. As such, Microsoft is presenting this Surface Pro 4 as a sort of bumping up of the category they suggest they've created. This Surface Pro 4 is heavier than its predecessors, yet thinner than its predecessors. While its display is smaller than the Surface Book, it's larger than previous generations as well.

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Microsoft Surface Book is Windows 10’s MacBook Pro killer

Microsoft Surface Book is Windows 10’s MacBook Pro killer

In addition to revealing a new Surface Pro this morning, Microsoft showed off their very own notebook: Microsoft Surface Book. This device will support keyboard typing (because it actually has a keyboard, surprise!) as well as touch (on its touchscreen) and pen input - like the Surface Pro. This device has an optically bonded display coming in at 13.5-inches with PixelSense branding, and as Microsoft's Panos Panay suggests, "it will blow you away - what this product can do."

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Surface Pro 4 revealed: 6th-gen Intel Core, glass trackpad, 12.3-inch display

Surface Pro 4 revealed: 6th-gen Intel Core, glass trackpad, 12.3-inch display

Playing Thunderstruck by AC/DC, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 4. This device works with a hybrid cooling system, a 12.3-inch display, and a fingerprint sensor. Microsoft suggested this morning that the device works with 1024 levels of pressure for the Surface's stylus, and that the device's keyboards have "better spacing." The cover - the keyboard cover, the non-keyboard cover - is also thinner. At 8.4mm thin, this is what Microsoft's Panos Panay suggests is the "thinnest most powerful Surface yet." With an Intel 6th Gen processor inside, we're inclined to agree.

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Dell will sell Surface Pro as Windows 10 courts workers

Dell will sell Surface Pro as Windows 10 courts workers

Microsoft and Dell have just announced a new partnership that aims to bring Windows 10 and the Surface tablet to more enterprise users. Starting in October, this arrangement will see Dell selling Microsoft’s Surface Pro devices and accessories to enterprises in the US and Canada, along with additional services and support. The surfaces sold through Dell will also come with options for Dell Services, which includes hardware warranties, damage service, managed deployment, and configuration services.

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Microsoft Surface 3 LTE coming to AT&T first

Microsoft Surface 3 LTE coming to AT&T first

This week the folks at AT&T have announced that they'll be the first 4G LTE carriers of the Microsoft Surface 3. This machine is the third in the standard line of Surface tablets, and it'll be available through AT&T stores in-person and online starting on the 24th of July, 2015. This machine comes with an integrated three-position kickstand is made to be upgraded to Windows 10 this Fall. AT&T will be selling this tablet outright or with a package deal that includes a Microsoft Lumia smartphone with Windows Phone onboard.

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Surface will be Windows 10’s big star

Surface will be Windows 10’s big star

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that the Surface line of tablet/convertible computers would be expanding at Windows 10's launch. They'll be the company's hero. Believe it or not! With the global rollout of Windows 10 on the way, the Surface tablet line will be expanding distribution channels and appearing in more stores. We’ve had a somewhat limited business channel for Surface," said Brian Hall, General Manager of Microsoft Surface said in a statement, "we’ve heard from a lot of customers that they’d like to see more partners offering Surface."

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Microsoft’s new tablet casts ominous shadow over Surface Pro 4

Microsoft’s new tablet casts ominous shadow over Surface Pro 4

Microsoft has quietly slipped a new Surface Pro 3 configuration into its line-up, amid speculation that the Surface Pro 4 will never see the light of day. While you might expect the new model to lower the cost-of-entry to the Windows tablet with its detachable keyboard and pen input, in fact it slots neatly into the midst of the existing range, with a Core i7 processor like the flagship Surface Pro 3 versions, but with a compromise on storage.

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