If Microsoft’s new surface earphones were part of your Christmas wish list, you’ll have to settle for something else this year. According to one tweet from Panos Panay from Microsoft, the company has postponed the launch of its wireless headphones next spring.
Unveiled during the Microsoft Surface event in early October, the Surface earphones were initially scheduled to arrive sometime later in 2019 for $ 249, with the likely goal of initial availability during the holidays. However, Panos Panay, head of Microsoft products, announced that headphones will be marketed worldwide in the spring of 2020. This extra time will be used to “fine-tune all the details” and ensure a quality user experience.
Product manufacturing is a relentless search for all the details, which takes time … sometimes more than you expect. In order to provide you with the best possible experience for you, our fans and our customers, Surface headphones will now be marketed worldwide in the spring of 2020. #Area
– Panay Panos (@panos_panay) November 21, 2019
As you may recall, the earphones feature bi-directional ear microphones with voice technology. They support touch gestures on the outside flat to navigate music and calls without touching your phone. You can pair the earphones to Android with one click, then open Spotify in a few taps and control music playback using various keys on the outside of the headset. Controls include play, pause, skip, and volume.
Many of these features are somewhat expected from wireless headphones, but Surface Headphones push things a step further by supporting integrations of other Microsoft products. For example, Office 365 integrations can be used for dictation, advanced PowerPoint slides, and the ability to provide real-time captions and translations in 60 languages with permission from Azure Cognitive Services.
Microsoft highlighted the comfort of the earpieces when presenting it in October. The company said it’s all-day comfort by balancing the headset against two points in your ear. We were hoping to see how the surface headphones train against new competitors such as the AirPods Pro and Echo Buds, but we’ll have to wait until next year. We may be testing the surface headphones at about the same time as Google’s next Pixel Buds.
Source: Microsoft via Engadget