07 May 2020
Microsoft plans of bringing new Surface headphones appeared last year when it was found out the company has applied for a trademark for its audio devices. The trademark application didn’t share any specific details but its description was enough to pose a good hint at the fact that the headphones are indeed in the plan. Now, fast forward to today, we are seeing that new Surface Headphones have reached the Bluetooth SIG.
The name of the upcoming headphones from Microsoft that has appeared on the Product Name inside the listing does not include “2” or any else prefix that could reflect the obvious, though it may not be a requirement. Microsoft may end up calling the accessory as just Surface Headphones (2020). Well, keeping the fact of how the new headphones are going to be addressed, let’s look into the details that Bluetooth SIG listing has to offer.
According to the listing, the new model includes 20 hours of battery life, this is up from the original model that came with 18 hours of battery life promise. Also, the new headphones will have Bluetooth 5.0 support, and support for Qualcomm’s aptX codec that delivers high-definition audio.
Interestingly, the listing also states “dial buttons adjust the levels of Noise cancellation to three settings.” This is something in much contrast with what the current headphones offer. The original Surface Headphones do have the noise cancellation feature and they let you rotate the dial to adjust for 13 different levels of noise cancellation. Also, the new headphones will support the ability to tap and hold to launch a voice assistant, just as the first-gen headphones.
It is unknown when these new headphones will launch. Microsoft is expected to launch its new Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 devices in May, so it is possible, we may see the new headphones on the same day.
Last year in October, Microsoft announced its first-ever truly-wireless earbuds for $249 but the accessory has not been made available for purchase yet. We also expect it to go official soon.