Keeping with the theme of its event, Microsoft has launched its latest in the Surface range of devices – the Surface Laptop – powered by the new Windows 10 S.
The new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S were announced at the May 2 event in New York and through the two new offerings Microsoft is directly intending to compete with Google and demolish supremacy of its competitors Google and Apple in the education sector that they have established through their respective products.
Chromebooks are available at a much lower price point and that effectively means that Microsoft isn’t after Google and its Chromebooks but is competing wit Apple and and its MacBook products.
The Surface Laptop is admittedly pricier than the Chromebooks, but they are not expensive if we take into consideration MacBooks. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Surface Computing Panos Panay made it clear during the presentation that their Surface Laptop is taking on the Apple MacBooks. Microsoft says the Surface Laptop is thinner and lighter than any MacBook in the market, and it is faster than the current MacBook Air.
Surface Laptop runs Windows 10 S, which loads much faster than the regular Windows 10, and can only run apps from the Windows Store. If you want to run something from outside of the store, you’ll have to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and the company will give users the option. Do note, the Windows 10 Pro upgrade is only till December 31, 2017. The Surface Laptop also comes with one year of Office 365 Personal free.
According to Microsoft, the applications ensure “Microsoft-verified security and integrity.” This also means you can’t download and install Chrome or Firefox on these laptops, and Microsoft Edge is the default browser.
Windows 10 S is integrated with the company’s cloud storage solution, which is OneDrive and so all your files will be saved to the cloud and accessible from other devices.
Surface Laptop specifications
Microsoft Surface Laptop will start at $999 and going up all the way to $2199 depending on the kind of configurations you want for this device.
The Intel Core i5 version with 128GB SSD storage and 4GB RAM along with Intel HD Graphics 620 will cost $999. This basic model will only come in the colour Platinum, according to Microsoft’s website. Intel Core i5 with 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM along with Intel HD Graphics 620 will cost $1299 and will come in all four colour options which are Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Graphite Gold.
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The Intel Core i7 range with Intel Iris 640 graphics starts at $1599 for the 256GB SSD + 8GB RAM version. This one comes only in the colour Platinum and costs $1,599. The 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD version, which is also available in the colour Platinum will cost $2,199.
Now the Surface Laptop sports a 13.5-inch PixelSense Display, with 2256 x 1504 pixels resolution, which works out to 201 PPI. The display supports 10 point multi-touch, and has a 3:2 aspect ratio and the Surface Pen will work on this as well.
The Intel Core i7 range with Intel Iris graphics starts at $1599 for the 256GB SSD + 8GB RAM version.
Dimensions for this Surface Laptop are 308.1 mm x 223.27 mm x 14.48 mm, and it weighs 1.252 grams. It has a USB 3.0 port, headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect port, and is compatible with Surface Dial and the Surface Dock as well. Microsoft is promising 14.5 hours of battery life with the laptop.
The Surface Laptop comes with Windows Hello face sign-in camera, 720p HD camera (front-facing), stereo microphones. It has Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium. On the WiFi front, it has 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible and it also supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
The laptops are up for pre-order in the US currently, and will start shipping from June 15, 2017.