Microsoft on Tuesday in New York City, launched its first ever laptop called the Surface Book, which is a lightweight alternative to a traditional laptop, and comes very sleek.
Microsoft also launched the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones to work like PCs3. Showcasing the innovation possible with Windows 10. The company also shared new gaming experiences from Xbox and new details on its HoloLens, the first fully untethered holographic computer.
Aside from its sleek design and overall specs, the most surprising feature of the Surface Book is its removable keyboard.
Using what the company calls a Muscle Wire lock and a Dynamic Fulcrum hinge, attaching and removing the high-end keyboard is as simple pulling the two pieces apart.
The Surface Book combines the impressive power of 6th Generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors with up to 12 hours of battery life. The 13.5-inch optically bonded PixelSense Display delivers a high-contrast 267 dpi display with improved latency and parallax, making it not just beautiful to look at, but natural and fluid to write on. The screen also detaches, so it can be used like a clipboard to sketch, take notes and benefit from Windows programs like Microsoft Edge. An optional discrete GPU allows Surface Book to harness the full power of hardware, accelerated graphics for seamless video editing, fast rendering or immersive gaming. Surface Book is priced at $1,4995.
Microsoft expanded the device from 12 inches to 12.3 inches in the diagonal to give more real estate for Windows 10. It comes with 267 ppi, which is more than 5 million pixels on the screen, to make what is on the screen look real. It is also made of Gorilla Glass for durability.
Now available in five colors, it comes with its own chipset, the G5PixleSense technology, and features a tail eraser, 1,024 levels of pressure and touts “all-year” battery life. Microsoft also built in a handy new spot for users to store the pen too, through a nicely attached magnets to the top of the device.
Microsoft’s Surface lineup has been widely adopted by businesses and students over the years and has subsequently ignited a trend among competitors like Google and Apple to launch similar products. Most recently, Apple announced the iPad Pro, a device which doubles as a tablet and a laptop, and comes with a pencil.
The company also unveiled a new Surface Pro Type Cover, which will work with both the latest device and the Surface Pro3. It comes with a backlit keyboard, a scissor design and a precision glass trackpad, which clocks in at 40 per cent bigger.
In July this year, Microsoft rolled out its Windows 10 operating system, and more than 110 million devices are currently using the software. The update re-introduced the start menu, which was removed from Windows 8, rolled out the new browser Microsoft Edge, put its digital voice assistant Cortana into the platform, called Continuum, which allows users to switch between device interfaces and Task View, a way to navigate through open apps.