At Microsoft’s Surface event the company announced a brand-new accessory, the Surface Headphones. Microsoft has been working on the headphones for the last three years and Panos Panay called them “One of my dream products right now.”
The headphones feature 4 beam-forming microphones, 4 active noise-cancelling microphones, 13 levels of noise reduction for up to 30 dB for active noise cancellation, 40 mm free drivers delivering up to115 dB, automatic pause and play and support phone calls. They also feature USB-C charging, 3.5mm connectivity, Microsoft’s own Bluetooth fast pair technology and 15 hours of battery life.
Speaking about their reasons for creating the Surface Headphones, Panay notes: “We didn’t just, six months ago, wake up and say, ‘This is gonna be awesome. Let’s make some headphones.’”
“We’re gonna be methodical, calculated, and take our time, be patient and make sure we’re bringing the right products to market at the right time but also with great quality and innovation.”
At the time of their announcement Microsoft did not reveal the pricing of the Cortana-powered headphones, but at the event revealed to journalists that the headphones will cost around $350, in line with similar offerings by Bose and Sony. They will only be available in USA and will hit shelves before the end of the year.
Find it for pre-order in the Store here.