Microsoft today announced its latest Surface laptop aimed at students: the Microsoft Surface Laptop. Building on the Surface Book released by the Redmond company previously, the new Surface Laptop will also take on Apple’s MacBook Air lineup.
Featuring a 13.5-inch 1080p PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, the Surface Book is only 9.9mm thin at the front and 14.47mm thick at the rear. This makes it thinner than the MacBook Air, and it is slightly lighter as well at 2.76 pounds (vs 2.96 pounds). The display features 3.4 million pixels and Microsoft says that it is the “thinnest LDC touch model” ever used in a laptop. As a bonus, the display is also compatible with Surface Pen, though it does not ship with the laptop itself.
The Surface Laptop will be available in a variety of configurations ranging from Intel’s 7th generation Core i5 to i7 processors. Microsoft rates the battery life of the laptop at 14.5 hours thanks to Intel’s ultra-efficient processor and the use of Windows 10 S.
Meet the new Surface Laptop. Performance made personal. pic.twitter.com/dk9BB0IPwL
— Microsoft Surface (@surface) May 2, 2017
The new variant of Windows has been designed for students and to take on Chrome OS. A simplified version of the traditional Windows 10 OS, the 10 S has been optimised to run on lower end laptops. The setup and boot process have also been optimised to make it faster. A major point to note about Windows 10 S is that it will only allow users to download and run apps that are available on the Windows Store. If you find Windows 10 S to be too limited for your use though, Microsoft will offer the option to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for power users.
The backlit keyboard of the Surface Laptop is made of fabric-Alcantara, the same material that is used on the Surface Pro 4 keyboard. As for ports, the Surface Laptop will come with a USB 3, miniDisplayPort, and headphone jack, Surface Connect — all located on its left edge, with a sole SD card reader located on the right. To keep the laptop cool, Microsoft has integrated vapor chambers into the aluminium finish of the rear of the device. Interestingly, there are no speaker grilles on the Surface Laptop, with the sound output from the speakers coming from under your fingers.
The base model of the Surface Laptop will feature a Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB SSD and will only cost $999. The laptop will be available in four colors: Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold. Pre-orders for the Surface Laptop start from today, with shipments starting on June 15th.