Microsoft unveiled its first convertible laptop today, the Surface Book.
The new computer is the spiritual successor to the company’s Surface line of hybrid tablet/laptop devices. That’s because the Surface Book also has a detachable, 13.5-inch touch screen that is targeted at design professionals and others who want to interact with their software through touch or a stylus.
The Surface Book has a rather sleek design, with a unique “dynamic fulcrum” hinge to connect the screen to the base of the computer. It has the sleek and minimalist look that generally was the domain of Apple’s MacBook line.
Microsoft device chief Panos Panay held the Surface Book upside down and sideways as part of the demo during the media event in New York City to show off how tightly the screen docked with the keyboard. Just like previous Surface devices, the screen is touch-friendly and works with the company’s Surface Pen.
Many of the onstage demos included software for graphic artists, architects, as well as gamers to show off the processing power and multi-touch capabilities of Windows 10.
In terms of specs, the 3000x2000 “PixelSense” screen is 13.5 inches and crams in 6 million pixels. The computer has a sixth-generation Core i5 or i7 processor, with 8GB or 16GB of RAM. You’ll be able to pre-order from the Microsoft Store, with prices starting at $1,499.
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Microsoft also showed some love to its original hybrid with a refreshed Surface Pro 4. The device gets a bump to a larger screen size at 12.3 inches, though maintains the same physical footprint as the 12-inch version from previous years.
There’s also some neat voice command integration: when you hold down the button on the stylus, the digital assistant Cortana starts listening and is ready to answer your queries.
The Surface Pro 4 Type Cover was also bulked up to be more sturdy and reliable for typing in comparison to last year’s model. It’s also compatible with the Pro 3, so you don’t need to upgrade in order to get one.
Just like the Surface Book, the Surface Pro 4 can be pre-ordered from the Microsoft Store. The Pro 4 starts at $899 for a model with 4GB of RAM and a Core m3 processor. You can up the specs for more money, though you’ll also need to buy the keyboard separately, which is $129.
Finally, despite rather low market share Microsoft isn’t ready to give up on its smartphones. The company also showed off the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL. They both run Windows 10 and use Continuum, which enables the phones to act as a PC when connected to an external monitor and mouse.