Microsoft has unveiled the newest entrant to its hardware lineup in the form of the Surface Laptop; its first device to arrive running Windows 10 S.
Microsoft’s Surface line has proved to be a success; cultivated from the very first Surface tablet, a hallmark of the series has been portability and adaptability. At a special event yesterday, Microsoft proceeded to break that convention with the revelation of the Surface Laptop.
Rather than sport the hinge or hybrid design that has defined its predecessors, the Surface Laptop arrives with a mission of its own – to define our early view of Windows 10 s; Microsoft’s simplified version of Windows 10 that runs Universal Windows Apps and, at a push, older desktop apps.
It’s clear that Microsoft is desperate to entice developers to get onboard with its Universal Apps program – which enables apps developed for PCs work on mobile devices and platforms such as the Xbox – and the Surface Laptop is the first hardware product to take that vision from concept form into a fully-fledged product.
The Surface Laptop brings with it some staples from earlier Surface products; a fabric-Alcantara keyboard is present with a 1.5mm travel keyboard. The device sports a 13.5″ PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio with Surface Pen support, a 14.5-hour battery life, and a choice between Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.
Consumers will be able to opt out of Windows 10 s and upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for an additional fee – a choice some might see as prudent given the device’s premium price tag and the present state of the Windows Store.
The Surface Laptop will retail for $999 USD for 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, and will be available in Cobalt blue, Platinum, Burgundy, and Graphite Gold. The device is set to become available on June 15th.
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