Microsoft revealed something that was largely unexpected today, known as the Microsoft Surface Book. Basically, it is Microsoft’s first ever laptop, but it’s definitely not lacking in any departments.
The laptop is a significant shake up to the surface line, which, up until now, has been limited to tablets. The laptop features a 13.5-inch display, that fits into a sophisticated lid carved mainly out of magnesium. The rear features a large, mirrored version of the Microsoft logo, but aside from that, the lid is simply carved magnesium. The keyboard area features a large glass trackpad with 5-point multitouch. The keyboard itself is backlight and offers a more-or-less silent typing experience.
The Surface Book is more than a laptop though. The screen is attached to the keyboard via a Fulcrum Hinge, but you can also remove the screen and simply use it as a tablet. If you reattach the screen, you may choose to flip it around and use it as a convertible.
Specs wise, the Surface Book features a 13.5-inch display with a pixel density of 267ppi. On the inside, the Surface Book includes the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, from the Skylake family. There’s also an Nvidia GeForce GPU with GDDR5 RAM, however, to access these, the device will have to be docked, as they are situated underneath the keyboard.The laptopt will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB versions. Other features include two USB 3.0 ports as well as an SD card slot. Microsoft claims the device will last for 12 hours on a single charge. They also Claim that:
“Ounce-for-ounce, pound-for-pound, this is the fastest 13-inch laptop ever made anywhere on any planet.” – Microsoft
As with the Surface Pro line, the Surface Book will work with Microsoft’s newly redesigned Surface Pen stylus, which now features 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. The Surface Book comes running Windows 10 Pro and will go on sale October 26th with prices beginning at $1,499. Pre-orders begin tomorrow, October 7th.