Yesterday was indeed an interesting day. Yes it was a Tuesday no doubt. So what exactly was so interesting? Well for starters, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Hardware Event was live streamed globally. It was here that the newest bombshell to Microsoft’s arsenal was revealed.
A laptop built by Microsoft? Yes you read that right. Called the Surface Book, it’s the first laptop in history to be built by Microsoft. But it’s not just a laptop. Oh no, it’s so much more. It boasts a removable screen transforming the device into a tablet running Microsoft’s latest Operating system. Connect the dock back to the screen and you can also use it as a convertible tablet, complete with touch pen.
Having a look around inside the device, the Surface Book is powered by Intel’s latest 6th Generation Core i5 and i7 Skylake processors and an Nvidia GeForce GPU with GDDR5 memory. The catch here is that the GPU is located in the base, so you’ll need to keep the display docked to unlock its full potential. There’s also a back-lit keyboard and a glass (yes glass) trackpad with five points of touch sensitivity to make things that much cooler. Those who watched the live stream could have seen how the speaker was doing real time animations and rendering on the laptop, proving that the device is indeed a powerhouse. In addition, the dock also includes two super speed USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot.
Boasting a 13.5-inch display which is bonded to the glass thus ensuring epic visuals, the Surface Book is housed in a machined magnesium body, akin to a MacBook, but according to Microsoft, the Surface Book is twice as fast as Apple’s latest iteration of the MacBook.
The other notable thing about the Surface Book is the unusual hinge that they have used. Called a “dynamic fulcrum”, it is the brainchild of Microsoft’s Engineers. The new hinge design uses a mechanical locking system for the dock rather than the traditional magnetic lock and also is optimized for tablet and convertible mode so wear and tear dude to constant docking and undocking shouldn’t be an issue.
There was considerable leaning towards using this device as a tablet. Why, you ask? Well, Microsoft is talking a lot about using the Surface Book as a “digital clipboard.” This actually makes sense because if you think about it, that’s what the Surface line-up was supposed to be; a portable yet powerful tablet that runs Windows without compromise.
With all this, what about the battery life? Well supposedly the Surface Book can go on for upto 12 hours on a single charge. Now that is indeed a mind boggling statement if it holds true.
The Surface Book is expected to go on sale on the 26th of October and is priced at $1,499. If you are really keen on getting one, pre-orders will begin today (October 7th).