Microsoft Introduces $999 Surface Laptop With Windows 10 S
At Microsoft’s press event in New York City, the company launched a new Surface product: the Surface Laptop. The device will be available starting from $999 and upwards and will start shipping next month. Microsoft is looking to compete with Google’s Chromebooks and even uses a special type of the Windows 10 operating system: Windows 10 S.
The Surface Laptop uses a 13,5-inch touchscreen display with support for a pressure sensitive stylus, not unlike the company’s other Surface products. The laptop uses a rather unusual 3:2 aspect ratio and according to Microsoft, the display will feature 3.4 million pixels, which should translate to an effective resolution of 2250 x 1500 pixels. Unlike the Surface Book, the display of the Surface Laptop is not detachable. The device has a maximum thickness of 14.5 millimeters and weighs 2.75 pounds.
The most inexpensive configuration will retail for $999 and features an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 gigabytes of internal RAM and a 128 GB SSD, but other variants will also be available with stronger Core i7 CPUs and SSD storage up to a single terabyte. The company from Redmond claims a maximum battery life of 14.5 hours, although that will most likely be in optimal usage circumstances.
The design of the laptop is quite unique, as Microsoft has resorted to using a sort of cloth pattern around the keyboard, just like with the Surface Pro. Microsoft will also ship the Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S, an adjusted and more closed version of Windows 10. It’s aimed at business users who want more control and educational purposes. Windows 10 S only allows running apps from the App Store, in order to increase security in business and education environments. Luckily, buyers will be able to freely upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free until the end of the year. All devices shipping with Windows 10 S will have an optional upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for $49.
Microsoft has made some bold claims during the press presentation, as Panos Panay from Microsoft said that the performance on the Surface Laptops is “absolutely amazing”. The speakers of the device are integrated underneath the keyboard and vapor chambers in the aluminum finish are being used as a cooling solution.
The company is already accepting pre-orders with the Surface Laptop, and it aims to start shipping on June 15th. You can choose many different configurations from $999 for a Core i5 version all the way up to $2,199 for a laptop with a Core i7, 16 gigabytes of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage. You can choose between four different colors: Platinum, Graphite Gold, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue.