Microsoft on Wednesday, October 2, held a special Surface hardware event in the New York city where the company announced its new lineup of Surface device. Apart from launching a bunch of new laptops and two foldable display phones – the Microsoft Surface Neo and the Microsoft Surface Duo, Microsoft also launched the Microsoft Surface Earbuds.
The Microsoft Surface Earbuds are priced at $249 (Rs 17,700 approx) in the US and they will directly compete with the Apple AirPods, which capture nearly 53 per cent of the market at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Buds, that have a market share of nearly six per cent and the newly launched Amazon Echo Earbuds.
So what can the Microsoft Surface Earbuds do that other cannot? Well for starters, the Microsoft Surface Earbuds come with Cortana integration (Duh!). They come with touch and voice enabled controls that enable users to perform tasks such as playing or pausing music or answering or rejecting calls. The Surface Earbuds come with omnisonic sound and directional dual mic array, which the compay says enables it to deliver a rich and immersive experience.
In addition to that, the newly launched Microsoft Surface Earbuds come with one-tap access to Spotify and Office 365 integration, which allows users to check their Outlook calendar and emails with their voice. The most interesting feature of the Surface Earbuds is the live transcribe feature. This feature live transcribes what the user is saying on a connected computer. Microsoft says that this feature is available in over 60 languages
As far as the battery is concerned, the Microsoft Surface Earbuds offer a 24 hour battery life within the charging case. They offer eight hours of battery life on continuous listening on a single charge and another two 8-hour charges with the charging case.
As far as the availability is concerned, Microsoft said that the Surface Earbuds will be available in the US later this year. There is no word on if and when the newly launched earbuds will be available in India.