Microsoft's Surface Book is its first (and 'ultimate') laptop

And then Microsoft dropped a bombshell on stage. "What if you wanted a Surface... But you wanted a laptop Surface, something with a bigger screen, something with the perfect typing experience of a laptop," Microsoft's Panos Panay said on at its Windows 10 devices event. "We made the ultimate laptop; we made Surface Book." That's right, it's Microsoft's first in-house laptop -- with a 227 DPI 13.5-inch display, a 6th generation Intel Core processor, 16GB GDDR5 RAM and a 12-hour battery life. Microsoft is calling it the "ultimate" laptop ...but just like every other Surface in the product line, it's still a detachable, convertible PC.

In a surprising, on stage moment, Panay plucked the Surface Book's screen off of its keyboard. Yes, this Surface is still a Surface, but its bottom half is more than a fancy key board cover -- it houses a discreet NVIDIA GTX GPU and other components that, according to Microsoft, make it twice as fast as the MacBook Pro. That's a bold claim, and while Microsoft didn't exactly back it up with stats, watching Panay play Gears of War from the Surface Book on stage and then immediately edit footage from the game in Adobe Premiere on stage poses a pretty strong argument.

Naturally, the tablet will pop back onto the book's "dynamic fulcrum" hinge in either direction, though the hinge itself doesn't appear to bend all the way backwards. It also supports the Microsoft Surface Pen (it's included, actually) and the Surface Pro dock. It's easily the most surprising, intriguing device Microsoft has put out in awhile -- with a sleek looking design, a fascinating, weird hinge and a lot of versatility. Pre-orders start tomorrow, October 7th and the product will hit stores on October 26th, starting at $1,499 (for the 128GB / 8GB Core i5, Intel HD graphics configuration) to $2,699.00 (512GB / 16GB, NVIDIA GPU). Is it worth it? We'll let you know as soon as we get our hands on it.

Source: Microsoft Store

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