Panay explained via Twitter that making new products is about getting all the details right, which takes time. He went on to say that sometimes that takes more "time than we planned on." Panay says to provide the best possible experience for fans and customers, Surface Earbuds will now launch globally in the Spring of 2020.
Product-making is about the relentless pursuit to get all the details right, which takes time…sometimes more than we planned on. To ensure we deliver the best possible experience for you, our fans & customers, Surface Earbuds will now launch worldwide in Spring 2020 #Surface— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) November 21, 2019
The Surface Earbuds are completely wireless and have a large circle that sticks out of the ears when inserted. Microsoft promises a design that makes them comfortable for long term wear. The large, flat, round surface of the earbuds is touch-sensitive and allows them to register gestures for skipping tracks, adjusting volume, and making or receiving a call.
The design touted on the website calls out omnisonic sound, and two microphones in each earbud to deliver better voice recognition and call quality. Microsoft has promised battery life up to 24 hours thanks to a charging case with up to 8 hours of use per single charge. The devices also support Swift Pair tech with Windows devices.
One potential downside for some people is that the round top of the Surface Earbuds are large with dimensions of 25mm x 19mm. Each of the buds weighs 7.2 grams. The charging case is 75mm L x 32mm W x 25mm H and weighs 40g. We first heard rumors of the Surface Earbuds in April of this year.