As rumor mills had predicted earlier Microsoft has announced the new Surface Laptop along with the Windows 10 S. The Surface Laptop comes equipped with aa 13.5-inch display and is optimized to work with the Windows 10 S operating system. According to Microsoft’s Panos Pranay, the Surface Laptop has been designed keeping in mind the needs of students who are on the verge of graduating from the high school.
The Surface Laptop boasts of a 3:2 aspect ratio and it mostly looks like a MacBook killer with the Alcantara keyboard deck, hardware options ranging all the way up to i7 and the 13.5-inch PixelSense display is apparently “the thinnest LCD module on a laptop. ”
It’s interesting how Microsoft is not just restricting the Windows 10 S to budget hardware but is extending the same to the top of the line Surface lineup as well. Since the Surface Laptop runs on Windows 10 S only the apps available on Windows Store can be installed and just in case you want a more comprehensive access to software you can simply upgrade to the Windows 10 Pro.
The laptop will ship in four colors including platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue and graphite gold. Also, the device supports Microsoft Surface Pen. Pranay further lauded the performance of the Surface Laptop and since it’s using the latest generation Intel i5 and i7 processors the battery is rated to last for 14.5 hours.
It’s also worth noting that the Surface Laptop is a full fledged laptop, unlike the other Surface products that are primarily 2-in-1 detachables. Microsoft has designed integrated vapor chambers on the rear of the device in order to regulate the temperature and it has also done away with speaker grills and holes, instead, the speakers are integrated below the keyboard and the sound comes from underneath the keyboard.
Microsoft has also opened up the pre-order for the Surface Laptop and the Core i5 variant with 4GB of RAM and 128Gb of SSD will retail at $999. The Surface Laptop will begin shipping only on June 15th.
Meet the new Surface Laptop. Performance made personal. pic.twitter.com/dk9BB0IPwL
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