Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 promise better performance and longer battery life, with a new black finish

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 6, now available in aluminum and matte black. (Microsoft Photo)

Microsoft showed off two additions to its Surface hardware family Tuesday at an event in New York City, introducing the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 with Intel’s latest processors and a new matte black finish that appeared to steal the show.

The new Surface Pro 6 hybrid computer, which converts into a tablet or laptop depending on what makes the most sense, now comes with a new matte black finish for $899. The company also rolled out a new Surface Laptop 2 for $999 with the newest generation of Intel processors and the same matte black finish.

Microsoft redesigned the internal hardware of the Surface Pro 6, according to multiple reports emerging from the New York event. The cooling system seems like the main improvement, which means Microsoft can use more powerful hardware than in previous generations. And the new color option will remind Surface veterans of the original Surface Pro devices, according to the Verge.

The Surface Pro 6 is “67 percent faster than 5th generation Surface Pro,” said Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay in a blog post published after the conclusion of the event. You can expect 13.5 hours of battery life from the Surface Pro 6, according to Microsoft, although your mileage, will of course, vary.

The more-traditionally designed Surface Laptop 2 has a 13.5-inch screen and promises slightly longer battery life of 14.5 hours on a single charge. Microsoft said that thanks to Intel’s eighth-generation Core processors, the Surface Laptop 2 is 85 percent faster than the original version.

In addition to the new laptops, Microsoft also updated the Surface Studio all-in-one display computer with faster Intel processors and better graphics performance. The new Surface Studio 2 comes with 16GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive for $3,499.

Preorders for both laptops begin today, with shipping coming later this year. The company also announced that the Windows 10 October 2018 update is arriving today.

Microsoft also announced a new subscription hardware service similar to its Xbox All Access service, which lets people buy an Xbox Console and Xbox Live services for a monthly price. Surface All Access will grant subscribers access to any of the new or existing Surface devices, plus an Office 365 subscription, for monthly prices ranging from $24.99 a month to $46.63 a month for the laptops. The new Surface Studio will be available via subscription for $150.79 a month.

[Editor’s note: This post was updated as more information became available.]