Surface Pro, Surface Laptop Updates Leak, Still Lack USB-C

The Surface Studio 2 is now available to preorder at the Microsoft Store, with prices starting at $3,499 for the base model and going up from there. Overall, we're glad to see the internal improvements, but some connectivity enhancements wouldn't have gone amiss.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 features the latest 8th-generation Intel processors that pack a quad-core chip that is created to be up to 67 percent faster than the fifth-generation Surface Pro.

Something to look forward to: Microsoft's 2018 Surface event kicked off today, and the company unveiled a few new devices; one of which is the Surface Pro 6, an updated version of last year's Surface Pro 5. Sadly, we can't that with Microsoft's "Surface Event", because there won't be a live stream.

The keyboard is covered in Microsoft's "Signature Alcantara" fabric, making it even quieter than before. The Surface Laptop 2 will start at $999, which should be affordable enough for the students Microsoft is targeting with this device. A Microsoft event listing scheduled for October 16 in Auckland, New Zealand, first spotted by WalkingCat and published on Windows Central, revealed that black will be making a comeback to the Surface lineup.

Microsoft says this version features 50 percent more graphics performance, on top of being the 'fastest Surface device ever made'. The display, powered by 13.5 million pixels, is nearly 40 percent brighter, however, with more contrast. Interestingly, none of the devices will reportedly be equipped with USB Type-C ports. This 2-in-1 format is aimed at people like doctors, pilots and students who need tablets for note-taking or reading, but a laptop for full functionality. At least, until Microsoft's official event that will be taking place on 2 October (3 October for us).

Surface Pro 6 is available for pre-order in select markets beginning today with additional market availability expected in 2019.

Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, is also built into the headphones.

But it also announced some revamped features slated to roll out in the Windows 10 October Update. Meanwhile, there are some changes in terms of the operating system.