Microsoft is launching a new Surface-branded device today: the Surface Laptop. Microsoft’s devices chief Panos Panay came onstage at the company’s New York City event to unveil it officially. It’s a 13.5-inch laptop that’s designed to work with the company’s new Windows 10 S operating system. Click here to watch the full event!

 

Panay says Microsoft has focused this hardware on students who are just about to leave high schools. “We talk to a lot of them… they’re asking for a laptop, they’re asking for a Surface laptop,” says Panay. “So we built a laptop, and it’s beautiful.”

Microsoft’s true Surface Laptop uses a fabric alcantara keyboard just like its premium Surface Pro 4 keyboard, with a 1.5mm travel for the backlit keys. It runs Microsoft’s new operating system the Windows 10S. It allows apps to be installed from only it;s app store. So basically a big NO! to all the .exe file. Click here to watch how it’s crafted!

Coming to the tech side of it:

Microsoft is using a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. “This is the thinnest LCD touch model ever created and put into a laptop,” says Panay, complete with 3.4 million pixels. The screen even supports Microsoft’s Surface Pen, so you can draw on the display just like other Surface devices.

“The performance on this device is absolutely amazing,” says Panay. Microsoft is using the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, and claims the battery life will last for 14.5 hours which shows a great deal of their craftmanship. Microsoft claims the Surface Laptop is faster than the i7 MacBook Pro, and it has “more battery life than any MacBook Air on the market today.”

Pre-order your own beast by clicking here! It starts at just $999 and goes up till $2,199.00. It will ship by 8/15/2017. It comes in a variety of colours but not matte black unfortunately. Platinum,  Graphite Gold, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue are the colors. Unfortunately it doesn’t feature a USB Type-C and not the 1TB SSD option.

But you do get 1 year of Office 365 Personal included. Cheers!

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