The Surface Book was introduced as “the ultimate laptop” by Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Surface and Lumia VP. The company has unveiled the product launch event today. The notebook has a 13.5-inch PixelSense screen that is the same display technology characterized on the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4, with a 3,000 x 2,000 pixel res, a 3:2 aspect ratio, and 10 point multi touch.
In terms of functionality, you are looking at serious graphical potency courtesy of an optional dedicated Nvidia GeForce GPU, as well as integrated Intel HD 520 graphics. It has also got 1GB of dedicated high speed GDDR5 RAM and new Skylake i5/i7 processor options.
The display has an impressive pixel density of 267-pixels-per-inch, which works out at about 6 million pixels. Memory options available are 8GB or 16GB, while SSD storage is offered in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB variants.
Panay claimed as well, that the processor and dedicated GPU ‘essentially makes Surface Book two times faster than the MacBook Pro’. The laptop sans the Nvidia GPU weighs 1.515kg, rising to 1.579kg with the GPU. As a tablet only, the Surface Book weighs 726-g.
On the camera front, you are looking at an 8 MP rear-facing sensor, and a 5 MP front facing selfie snapper. There are dual microphones front and rear facing as well as front facing stereo speakers equipped with Dolby audio.
The trackpad is built from glass and offers 5 points of multi touch. The keys are back-lit, and have a neglible 1.6mm travel distance. And the keyboard is detachable not bad for a powerhouse notebook. The Surface Book also works with Microsoft’s new Surface Pen, which comes in 5 color options and offers up a range of interchangeable tips for varying use-cases.
In terms of connectivity, there are two full-size USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, Surface Connect for power and docking, a 3.5mm audio jack, a Mini DisplayPort, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO WiFi support.
The Surface Book starts at a price of $1,499, and is available to pre-order starting October 7. Itis available to buy outright on October 26.