Microsoft Surface Earbuds' release date delayed to 2020
Microsoft's first-ever truly wireless earphones, the Surface Earbuds, which were set to go on sale later this year, will miss their scheduled release date. The rival to Apple's AirPods is now set to arrive in the spring of 2020, according to a tweet from Panos Panay, Microsoft's chief product officer. Here's more on this matter.
Product-making is about the relentless pursuit to get all the details right, which takes time…sometimes more than we planned on. To ensure we deliver the best possible experience for you, our fans customers, Surface Earbuds will now launch worldwide in Spring 2020 #Surface— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) November 21, 2019
While Panay's post doesn't reveal exactly why Microsoft is delaying the release of Surface Earbuds, it does suggest that either the testing bit or manufacturing plan didn't go as intended. For the uninitiated, these earphones were announced last month alongside the Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, and Surface Pro X.
To jog your memory, the Microsoft Surface Earbuds, compatible with both iOS and Android platforms, features a regular in-ear design that we have seen on so many wireless earphones including the Apple AirPods. However, on the outside, there is a rather unique disc-like design that packs touch sensors for controlling music, adjusting volume, managing calls, and activating the digital assistant.
The Surface Earbuds offers custom-designed drivers for "omnisonic sound" and uses the built-in dual microphones to aid in noise reduction during calls. They will come with built-in Spotify support, Office 365 integration and provide real-time translation for over 60 languages. The Surface Earbuds will offer upto 8 hours of battery life on a single charge and the charging-cum-carry case offers two additional recharges.
The Microsoft Surface Earbuds is priced $249 (roughly Rs. 17,850). It is now set to be released in Spring 2020 and will be offered in gray and white colors.