Microsoft had previously announced the Surface Earbuds back in 2019 but delayed them to 2020. They now have a new price and release date. Here’s what you need to know.
Microsoft’s first wireless earbuds were meant to go on sale in 2019 but were delayed until early Spring. A filing to the FCC at the beginning of May indicated they were on their way and Microsoft has subsequently spilt some more beans about its new wireless earbuds.
Here’s what you need to know about the Surface Earbuds.
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Surface Earbuds – Release date
The Earbuds will be on sale in the US from May 12. They will launch in the UK on the same date.
It follows on from a release date switch on late 2019 to Spring 2020. Tech site Thurrot got wind of its impending release with the Surface Earbuds being filed at the FCC, which meant a release was not far off.
Surface Earbuds – Price
Microsoft has given the Surface Earbuds a new price. They were $249, and now they are $199. The UK price has been clarified as £199.99.
Surface Earbuds – Design and features
During production, the Earbuds were code-named Morrison (apparently after The Doors’ Jim Morrison), and they’ll feature Microsoft’s omnisonic sound, 24-hour battery life and touch controls.
The design is on the interesting side. When inserted into the ear, the Earbuds look like massive cylinders. This is meant to act as a form of noise isolation and stability, keeping sounds away and providing a better seal for audio. It looks quite ungainly, nevertheless.
The Surface Earbuds were built with productivity in mind, so there’s support for Cortana, Office 365 integration and inside each earbud are two microphones for better call quality. With Office 365 integration, users can dictate words to Office documents and catch up with emails without having to take them out from the pocket (iOS only). There’s a translation feature, which sounds as if they are capable of translating languages on the fly.
There’s support for SBC and aptX Bluetooth, and battery life will be up to 24 hours in total, with eight hours in the earbuds (which works out to the case providing two extra charges). 10 minutes of charge will offer an extra hour of battery life.
Touch and swipe gestures feature. For Android Nougat devices and above, the Earbuds support fast pair functionality. Spotify can be accessed directly with a triple tap on each earbud.
And as we suspected, the Surface Earbuds are grey. We do wish that Microsoft would add a splash of colour as grey is quite boring.