Microsoft Builds a Surface Laptop
Microsoft held an education event today in New York City and announced Windows 10 S, a version of Windows 10 to compete with Google's ChromeOS. More interestingly, Microsoft also announced a Surface Laptop based on the design of their existing Surface tablets and 2-in-1 (Surface Book) designs.
The Surface Laptop will run Windows 10 S and caters to the education market for students and is designed to be light, weighing in at 2.76 pounds; thin at 14mm thick, and have a 3:2 aspect-ratio touchscreen with PixelSense technology, and have a long 14.5 hour battery life.
Watch some of our favorite excerpts from the Surface Laptop reveal as presented by Microsoft's Panos Panay.
Pricing and Availability
When the Surface Laptop website went live after the unveiling event, the price was stated to start at US$999 for an Intel Core i5 model with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD. The highest priced Surface Laptop will be $2,199 and will feature a Core i7, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD.
These prices seem somewhat steep considering the device is powered by Windows 10 S instead of full Windows 10, but early adopters will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro throughout the remainder of 2017 for free according to Microsoft. After that, an upgrade to the pro version of Windows will cost an additional $50. One year of Office 365 Personal is also included with the device.
Pre-ordered Surface Laptops will begin shipping by 15 June 2017, just in time for back-to-school.
Surface accessories such as the $60 Surface Pen, $200 Surface Dock, $100 Surface Dial, and $80 Bluetooth Arc mouse will also work with the Surface Laptop, but none of them will be included in the base price.
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