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Microsoft announces Surface Headphones 2, now in black and with 20 hours battery life

Today, Microsoft announced the Surface Headphones 2, alongside the Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3. They now come in two colors, and on top of the usual Light Gray, you can now get them in Matte Black.

Like the original Surface Headphones, it supports 13 levels of active noise cancelation, which can be adjusted by a dial on the side. Noise cancelation levels remain the same, with up to 30dB for active noise cancelation and up to 40dB for passive noise cancelation.

There's also a dial for controlling the volume, and you can use the Headphones 2 to access Cortana, skip tracks, play or pause music, and so on.

Along with the new color, the big new feature is better battery life. Microsoft is promising up to 20 hours, even with ANC on. With the original Surface Headphones, battery life was 15 hours with ANC on and 18 hours with it off.

And then there's the price. Surface Headphones 2 will be available on May 12 for $249, $100 less than the original Headphones.

Microsoft also announced availability of its Surface Earbuds, which were originally announced back in October. The truly wireless earbuds will cost $199, and they'll also arrive on May 12.

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