Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled new Windows 10 Surface devices – the Surface 4 and the Surface Book – that they say offer ‘magical new experiences’.
The Surface Book is Microsoft’s new flagship laptop.
While it’s clearly designed to be a Windows Macbook alternative, the Surface Book offers pen and touch support, which may interest a lot of musicians. MIcrosoft is even specifically targeting musicians with their advertising, like the image at the top of this article
- Pen and touch support
- Intel Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 processors
- Up to 12 hours of battery life
- 13.5-inch high-contrast 267 dpi display with improved latency and parallax
- The screen also detaches and can be used as a tablet
The Microsoft Surface Book starts at $1,499 for the base model (i5/128mb SSD/8GB RAM). The high end model (i7/512GB SSD/16GB RAM) is priced at $2,699.
WIth the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft is offering its best iPad alternative yet.
While Apple’s tablet strategy has been to create a new platform, with all hardware and software optimized for touch interaction, Microsoft has developed on a hybrid concept – a device that can run tablet-style apps, but that also doubles as a basic laptop.
The main benefit of this approach is that the Surface Pro line can run traditional Windows applications. The main downside is that there’s less incentive for developers to create apps tailored for tablet-style multi-touch interaction.
Microsoft calls the Surface Pro 4 ‘the thinnest, lightest and most powerful tablet’ that can replace your laptop.
- 8.4 mm thick
- 12.3-inch touchscreen display
- Intel® Core™ m, Core™ i5, and Core™ i7 processors
- Surface Pen packs 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivit
The Surface Pro 4 is priced starting at $899 for a low-end model (128GB/Intel Core m3/4GB RAM) and up to $1,599 (256GB/Intel Core i7/8GB) for a mid-range model. High-end models can be custom-configured, with up to 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD drives.
Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and new accessories are available for preorder in select markets now. They will be available to purchase in Canada and the United States on Oct. 26, with additional markets to follow.
‘Magical’ New Devices
With the Surface 4 and Surface Book, Microsoft is trying to offer a compelling alternative to Apple’s iPad and Macbooks, which have been capturing most of the profit in their categories for years. This is reflected in the new devices’ design, price points, marketing and even the language Microsoft has used in their introductions.
“With Windows 10 and these new Microsoft devices, you are at the center of magical new experiences,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We’re moving people from needing to choosing to loving Windows, and these devices promise to fuel even more enthusiasm and opportunity for the entire Windows ecosystem.”
Are the new Surface Pro 4 and Surface 4 ‘magical’ enough to find a place in your rig? Let us know what you think in the comments!