Microsoft’s latest offering, the Surface Laptop, has finally been launched at its Microsoft for Education event in New York yesterday.
Taking along the likes of Apple MacBook, Microsoft says the Surface Laptop is thinner and lighter than any MacBook in the market, and it is faster than the current MacBook Air.
It runs on Windows 10 S, which loads much faster than the regular Windows 10, and can only run apps from the Windows Store. If you want to run something from outside of the store, you’ll have to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, which is upgradable only till December 31, 2017. The Surface Laptop also comes with one year of Office 365 Personal free.
Microsoft Surface Laptop will start at $999 and going up all the way to $2199 depending on the kind of configurations you want for this device.
The Intel Core i5 version with 128GB SSD storage and 4GB RAM along with Intel HD Graphics 620 will cost $999. It will only come in the colour Platinum. Intel Core i5 with 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM along with Intel HD Graphics 620 will cost $1299 and will come in all four colour options which are Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Graphite Gold.
The Intel Core i7 range with Intel Iris 640 graphics starts at $1599 for the 256GB SSD + 8GB RAM version. This one comes only in the colour Platinum and costs $1,599. The 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD version, which is also available in the colour Platinum will cost $2,199.
Specs wise, it flaunts a 13.5-inch PixelSense Display, with 2256 x 1504 pixels resolution that supports 10 point multi-touch, and has a 3:2 aspect ratio and the Surface Pen will work on this as well.
It measures 308.1 mm x 223.27 mm x 14.48 mm, and weighs 1.252 grams. It has a USB 3.0 port, headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect port, and is compatible with Surface Dial and the Surface Dock as well. Microsoft is promising 14.5 hours of battery life with the laptop.
The Surface Laptop comes with Windows Hello face sign-in camera, 720p HD camera (front-facing)
stereo microphones. It has Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium. On the WiFi front, it has 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible and it also supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
The laptops are up for pre-order in the US currently, and will start shipping from June 15, 2017.