At this year’s big spring Surface hardware event, Microsoft
will not only unveil Surface Go 2, Surface Book 3 but also
Apple Airpods-killer Surface Earbuds with gestures, Office
integration and other premium features.
Surface Earbuds measure nearly an inch in diameter and it may
seem oo large, but that gives you more area for gesture
control. Surface Earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC and aptX
codecs, and it will support a wide range of gestures.
According to an FCC filing,
Microsoft is testing as many as six gestures for the big
circular touchpads of the earbuds. Here’s a list of the
gestures support by Surface Earbuds:
- Double tap: Play/pause music and answer/end call
- Touch & hold: Activate digital assistant.
- Swipe forward: Plays the next track.
- Swipe up: Volume increases.
- Swipe backward: Plays the previous track.
- Swipe down: Volume decreases.
The large surface makes control easier and there’s also another
gesture ‘triple tap’ that starts playing your music where you
left off. This could be particularly useful for services such
The big touchpads on the Surface Earbuds are pretty useful for
gestures and Microsoft could also add more gestures with future
As we reported in April 2020, Surface Earbuds pictures were
also posted by the FCC. The device comes with removable ear
tips, in small, medium, and large sizes. Unfortunately, these
earbuds lack active noise cancelling and you might not be able
to get the best quality in a noisy area.
Microsoft also plans to offer Office 365 and Cortana
integration. For instance, you’ll be able to manage your
Outlook services, dictate in Word, view slides in PowerPoint
and set reminders and more with your digital assistants.
These premium wireless earbuds will go on sale later this
summer for $249 and it will compete with Apple Airpods and
other earbuds which are priced at a premium level.