Microsoft Surface Headphones with aptX support spotted on Bluetooth SIG certification

Microsoft could soon launch a new pair of Surface Headphones with a lower battery life and aptX support

Highlights
  • Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 could launch with aptX support and 20-hour battery life
  • The original Surface Headphones lacked aptX codec and offered up to 18 hours battery life
  • The new Surface headphones may let you adjust noise cancellations via dial buttons

A new pair of Microsoft Surface Headphones could be on the way as it has been discovered on the Bluetooth SIG certification site. To recall, the original Microsoft Surface Headphones were unveiled back in October 2018 and they offered a unique rotating dial to adjust noise cancellation. Microsoft is seemingly working on the successor, presumably called the Surface Headphone 2. The headphones with model number 1919 have appeared on the Bluetooth website, revealing some interesting details. Firstly, the new Microsoft Surface Headphones will come with Bluetooth 5.0, which is an upgrade over the original headphones that support Bluetooth 4.2. The listing also mentions Qualcomm AptX support, which is missing on the previous Microsoft headphones. 

Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 launching soon?

Microsoft Surface headphones

Not only will the new Surface Headphones come with aptX support for better sound quality, but they will also feature a longer battery life. The Bluetooth site mentions 20 hours battery on a single charge. To recall, the previous Microsoft Surface Headphones offered 18 hours of battery life with ANC switched off and up to 15 hours of battery with ANC enabled. 

The original Microsoft Surface headphone also feature rotating dials on the left and right sides. Rotating one side would allows you to control ANC levels while rotating the other side lets you control the volume. While this design was widely praised by reviewers for it’s convenience, it seems the upcoming headphones may change things a bit. According to the product description, the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 will come with dial buttons to let you adjust noise cancellations levels to three settings. The dial will also support tap and hold to launch the voice assistant. 

To recall, the original Surface Headphones come with Bluetooth 4.2 and 40mm free edge drivers positioned inside each earpiece. They have a frequency spectrum of 20Hz-20KHz and weigh around 290 grams. The headphones delivered up to 18 hours playback on single charge and take 2 hours to juice up completely. The Surface Headphones are compatible with iOS, Android, Windows and macOS as well. They are currently available for $350 (around Rs 26,300) and come in a Light Gray colour.

The new Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 could be announced as early as next month during the Build 2020 conference that is scheduled to take place between May 19th to May 21st. However, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the company’s hardware plans may be delayed.