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What you need to know

  • Microsoft's Surface Earbuds are now available for preorder.
  • The Surface Earbuds support gestures and integrate with Office 365.
  • They will be available from May 12 for $199.

Microsoft's Surface Earbuds are finally available for preorder. The Surface Earbuds were originally announced last October but were delayed until this spring. Now, you can preorder the Surface Earbuds for $199. That price tag is lower than the $249 price tag that once appeared on the Microsoft Store. The Surface Earbuds launch on May 12 in 24 markets.

The Surface Earbuds do not feature noise cancellation, but that choice was made by Microsoft to help people who wear headphones all day. The Surface Earbuds support haptic gestures, such as swiping forward or back to navigate playlists and swiping up or down to adjust playback volume.

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The Surface Earbuds have Omnisonic speakers to deliver high-quality audio. Microsoft states that the headphones will get up to 8 hours of battery life on their own and up to 24 hours of battery when combined with their USC-C charging case.

Category Surface Earbuds
Dimensions Each earbud: 0.98" (25 mm) x 0.78" (19.9 mm)
Charging case 2.96" (75 mm) x 1.31" (33.2 mm) x 0.98" (25 mm)
Weight Each earbud 7.2g with ear tip
Charging case 40g without earbuds
Exterior Color Glacier
Frequency response 20 –20 kHz
Microphone Two microphones per earbud
Speaker 13.6mm driver
Battery life Up to 24 hours battery with included charging case
Up to eight hours of continuous listening per charge
A 10-minute charge provides up to one hour of battery life
Cord USB-A to USB-C cord (1 meter)
Audio codecs SBC and aptX
Waterproof rating IPX4
Compatibility Windows 10, Android 4.4, iPhone 5, iOS9, Bluetooth 4.1/4.2
Controls Touch, tap, swipe, voice
Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty

You can connect the Surface Earbuds to Windows 10 with Swift Pair and Android phones with Fast Pair. At launch, the Surface Earbuds will be available in "glacier" white, but darker grey versions should be available at a later date. You can read more about the Surface Earbuds in our post covering their announcement.

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Now at a lower price, the Surface Earbuds will undoubtedly turn some heads when you're out wearing them, but you'll be able to make use of gesture support on your PC, iPhone, or Android smartphone.

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