Microsoft’s Surface brand has so far been limited to tablets but that changes today, at its event in New York the company announced an entirely new product called Surface Book. It’s a 13.5 inch Windows 10 powered laptop, this happens to be the very first laptop that Microsoft has built on its own. It’s much more than a conventional laptop though, the Surface Book has a couple of neat tricks up its sleeve.
The screen can be removed so it actually doubles as a tablet and a laptop, you can flip it all the way around and use it like a convertible. Microsoft says that this laptop is perfect for those who want a larger screen as well as the unmatchable experience of typing on a laptop. There’s a glass trackpad and full physical keyboard, essentials for a laptop.
The Surface Book is a powerhouse, it’s powered by the latest Skylake Intel Core i5 and i7 processors coupled with NVIDIA GeForce GPU and GDDR5 memory. The GPU is located in the base so its power is of no use if the Surface Book is being used as a tablet. There’s an SD card slot and two USB 3.0 ports in the dock as well.
Microsoft promises 12 hour backup on a single charge despite that 13.5 inch 267 pixels per inch display that’s optically bonded to the glass, the company actually claims that this laptop is twice as fast as the MacBook Pro. It does work with Microsoft’s Surface Pen stylus while you can’t use the Apple Pen with a MacBook just yet, so at least it’s got that going for it.
Surface Book goes on sale come October 26th with prices starting at $1,499, those who are interested can start placing pre-orders from tomorrow.