There was a lot of info to process at Microsoft’s event yesterday. From three phones, a new Surface, a new Microsoft Band, more info on the Hololens, and even a surprise laptop (Microsoft’s first ever).

While there, I managed to ask as many questions about the new tech as possible, and even grab some videos and photos of the new tech for your viewing pleasure. So without further ado, here’s the most important tech that was announced yesterday at the event and all the details on each.

Holo Lens

Hololens Closeup

 

  • Power – Custom processor Microsoft created strictly for holograms
  • No Strings Attached – No Connection to a PC or Phone Required
  • Availability – Starting today developers can pre-order the HoloLens for $3,000 and will ship first quarter of 2016
  • For more info click here

Microsoft Band 2

Microsoft Band 2

  • Curved Design –  Design is now curved, no straight edges any more (no more handcuff!)
  • 11 Sensors – From 10 sensors in the first version to the 11 in this version with a barometer (used for sensing elevation) being added
  • VO2 Max is a New Metric – Max oxygen per minute (this is that thing you see athletes running on a treadmill with an oxygen mask usually to be able to measure)
  • Golf – Can track the strokes on a golf course, essentially creating a golf scorecard for you (it can even tell via vibrations if you hit the ball or were taking practice shots and you can swipe left or right to easily subtract or add strokes as needed)
  • Availability & Price – Pre-Order today $249 Ships by the 30th
  • For more info click here

Microsoft Lumia 950XL & Lumia 950

Lumia 950XL

  • Processor – Qualcomm 810 Octacore Processor in the 950 XL and Qualcomm 808 Hexacore in the 950
  • Performance Enhancement – Liquid Cooling in both devices
  • Display – 5.7″ OLED 2.5K display on the 950 XL and a 5.2″ OLED 2.5K display on the 950
  • Glance – Both have the Glance screen that allows you to see notifications without consuming any power
  • Camera – 20MP w/ Triple LED RGB Natural Flash, Optical Stabilization, Pureview Zeiss lens with 4k video recording on both devices
  • Front Camera – 5MP wide angle lens
  • Camera Button – Dedicated camera button (YESSSSS)
  • Memory – 32GB internal with MicroSD slot to expand the memory
  • Port – USB-C Port with fast charging that can charge 50% in 30 mins
  • OS – Full Windows 10 and comes with Office and Cortana
  • Battery – 3000mah battery in the 950 and 3340mah in the 950XL
  • Windows Hell0 – Windows Hello works using the specialized front facing cameras on both devices
  • Continuum – After you purchase a specialized hub dock, you can plug the phone into it and it becomes a portable computer. You can then plug in and use a keyboard, mouse, and monitor and it displays on the screen just like normal Windows 10 (I’ve been saying how this is something they’ve needed to do for years, so great to finally see it happening).
  • Price and Availability – $549 for the Lumia 950 & $649 for the Lumia 950XL
  • For more info click here

Microsoft Lumia 550

Lumia on Stage

  • Display – 4.7″ 1080P Display
  • Processor – Qualcomm 210 quadcore processor
  • Camera – 5MP camera w/ LED flash
  • Front Camera – 2MP front facing camera
  • Connectivity – LTE 4G
  • Memory – 8GB Internal w/ MicroSD card slot
  • Battery – 2100mah battery
  • Price – $139
  • For more info click here

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Surface Keyboard

  • Display – 12.3” up from 12″ in the Surface Pro 3 but same overall size by reducing the bezels; 2736px x 1824px (267PPI);  0.4mm cover glass (Gorilla Glass 4), 1.1mm backlight, making it their thinnest optical stack ever.
  • Processor – 6th Gen Intel M, i5, or i7
  • Pen – 1024 points of pressure, all year battery life, tail eraser, magnetic holder to left side of tablet, hold the pen to launch Cortana
  • Storage – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB solid state drive
  • RAM – 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB
  • Camera – 8.0MP rear camera, 5.0MP front camera
  • Battery – 9 hours of battery life
  • Docking Station – Docking station sold separately for $199 that can be used with the Pro 3, Pro 4, or Surface Book. Can output to two 4K displays, has ethernet, 4 USB 3.0
  • Keyboard – Keyboard has spaced keys now, larger glass trackpad, backlit keys, & works with Pro 3 & 4
  • Availability – Pre-order now, and on sale Oct 26th
  • Price – Starts at $899 for the 128GB, 4GB of RAM, Intel Atom Processor, and tops out at $2699 for the 1TB, 16GB of RAM, Intel i7
  • For more info click here

Surface Book

Surface Book

  • Display – 13.5” 3000x2000px touchscreen
  • Pen – 1024 points of pressure, all year battery life, tail eraser, magnetic holder to left side of tablet, hold the pen to launch Cortana
  • Processor – 6th Gen i5, or i7 with a NVIDIA GeForce GPU
  • Camera – 5.0MP front facing camera & 8.0MP rear camera
  • Storage – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB solid state drive
  • Battery – 12 hour battery
  • RAM – 8GB or 16GB of GDDR5 RAM
  • Keyboard – Backlit, spaced keyboard with a fulcrum hinge and the screen can detach from it with the push of a button (button used instead of just magnets so it still feels like a laptop and not a table with a keyboard, I guess)
  • Price – Starts at $1499 for the 128GB storage, 8GBs of RAM, and i5 processor and tops out at $2699 for the 512GB storage, 16GBs of RAM, i7 processor
  • For more info click here

In the end, I left the event with a feeling I haven’t been able to associate with Microsoft for a while, I left excited.

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  • Martin Jastram

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