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Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft is using a New York event to unveil a host of new Surface products, including a tablet, laptop, all-in-one desktop and over-the-ear headphones.

Why it matters: The touchscreen-focused Surface family is critical to giving Windows a "cool" factor, but it has also become a significant business for Microsoft. Surface revenue topped $1 billion last quarter, up 25% from a year earlier.

What's new: Most of the changes to the Surface line involve faster chips under the hood, along with the addition of a black color for the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro 6.

Specifically, Microsoft introduced:

  • Surface Pro 6 — The latest version of Microsoft's tablet/laptop hybrid is said to be 1.5 times faster than the prior model, while maintaining all-day battery life. It starts at $899 and will be available Oct. 16, with preorders starting today.
  • Surface Laptop 2 — Microsoft's second take at a homegrown laptop starts at $999 and is also available Oct. 16. It's billed as 85% faster thanks to the new 8th generation Intel Core processor.
  • Surface Studio 2 — The update to Microsoft's high-end all-in one desktop for creatives adds faster graphics and processing, a higher-contrast display and USB-C ports and is set to ship Nov. 15. But all that comes at a price, with the Surface Studio 2 starting at $3,499.
  • Surface Headphones — The $349 over-the-ear headphones featuring Microsoft's Cortana assistant are due "later this holiday season."

What they're saying:

Panos Panay, who has led the Surface effort since its inception, reflected on how it has evolved.

“Six years ago, we launched with one product that blended the lines of what a tablet and laptop could do, and we’ve built that into a successful full family of devices. Today, we want Surface to adapt to how people’s lives are blending more seamlessly between work and home, PC and phone. Technology needs to fade to the background so you can get into your flow. "
— Panos Panay

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Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."

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Why it matters: Brazil has the third highest COVID-19 case-count in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The 2 million doses "only scratch the surface of the shortfall," Brazilian public health experts told the AP.