A riotous crowd rose to their feet upon the unveiling of the Surface Book, the first ever notebook built by Microsoft.
It punctuated a New York launch event ripe with innovative products, spanning Microsoft’s entire ecosystem, including its Xbox console, HoloLens headset, Band wearable, Lumia smartphones and Surface tablets.
The unveiling of a Surface notebook took the audience by surprise, one of many to be had throughout the two hour presentation.
“The Surface Book is two times faster than the MacBook Pro,” said Panos Panay, the VP of Microsoft’s Surface division. "It is the first laptop ever built by Microsoft. It is the ultimate laptop."
The notebook has a 6 million pixel screen that spans 13.5-inches. The body is machined from a magnesium alloy and it houses a keyboard with ‘best in class’ travel and a large, capacitive trackpad.
“We’ve been making keyboards for 25 years,” said Panoy. Emphasis was placed on the keyboards comfort amidst criticism levelled against the user comfort of Apple’s MacBook.
It is the thinnest and lightest notebook powered by an Core i7 processor, claims Microsoft. Inside the Windows 10 Pro computer is the latest 6th generation processor from Intel, and it can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and a terabyte hard drive.
A 3GB movie was copied from a Samsung SSD to the notebook in under ten seconds in an illustration of its capabilities.
The notebook will last for 12 hours before needing a charge, claimed Panoy. Its base houses a full sized SD card slot and two USB 3.0 ports.
Distinguishing the Surface Book from other notebooks is its fulcrum hinge. It acts as one continuous component, as wide as the base and the screen, to keep the notebook rigid. Then, with the press of a lock, it unclasps the screen from the base in a move that makes the Surface Book a powerful, standalone tablet.
Pre-orders have opened for the Surface Book in the US. The notebook will be available in stores on 26 October.
Microsoft’s Sydney store will open its doors on 12 November is awaiting a response from Microsoft representatives on the local launch of the Surface Book. Microsoft is opening its Pitt Street store in Sydney on 12 November.
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