Microsoft has announced the Surface Laptop during a special event in New York today. The powerful laptop computer is aimed at students and must compete with Apple’s MacBook series. In contrast with the current Surface Pro and the Surface Book the new laptop does not come with a detachable keyboard.
Microsoft has developed the Surface Laptop specifically with students in mind. According to Microsoft it should be possible for students to use the device for four years in a row without experiencing any technical issues. The laptop will be running on the energy efficient Windows 10 S, with the ability to upgrade to the full version of Windows 10.
The device’s screen is a 13,5 inch touchscreen that comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio. It’s resolution of 2256 x 1504 pixels provides it with a pixel density of 201 ppi. The touchscreen, which can be controlled using the Surface Pen, is the thinnest on a laptop so far according to the US tech giant.
Just like the keyboard of the current Surface Pro, the keyboard of the Surface Laptop is surrounded by a type of suede. Microsoft thereby promises that the device’s battery life will last up to 14,5 hours. It is expected that this will only be the case when Windows 10 S is installed.
The laptop will become available with an Intel Core i5 or i7 chip, SSD storage of up to 1 TB, an SD port and a standard USB port. The base model with Intel Core i5 chip, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD will sell for 1149 euro. The most expensive model that comes with an Intel Core i7 chip, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD will sell for 2499 euro.
The Surface Laptop will become available on 15 June, 2017 in the color silver. Later this year Microsoft will also come with other colors of the device, including white gold.