Microsoft doesn’t seem to be slowing down when it comes to the devices market and at yesterday’s press conference revealed quite a bit of tech to satisfy a variety of needs. While Microsoft continues to enjoy success with their Surface tablet line they’ve taken it one step further with the Surface Book.
The Surface Book is Microsoft’s first proper laptop however if you were expecting the company to stick to traditional norms you haven’t been paying attention to how Microsoft operates these days. Let’s break down the details of the device and go over some of the key features that sets it apart from other computers in its class.
The Surface Book features a 13.5-inch screen with six million pixels. That’s 267 PPI for those keeping track at home. The total weight of the Book is 3.3 to 3.5 pounds depending on configuration however the tablet portion weighs 1.6 pounds.
Wait, the tablet portion you ask? Let me explain.
While the Book has a standard keyboard of the not-a-touch cover variety it’s still very much detachable. The hinge on the Book allows for a few different configurations like fully flipped back or tent style as well. The Book has much in common with the Surface tablet line in this respect however it’s pushing some better hardware.
This thing is running Nvidia GeForce graphics (no details on the details of what chip yet), the latest generation Intel Core processor and a 12-hour battery life.
Yes, I’m aware that 12-hours of battery life is the estimated lifespan of a charge when you basically not using the device, but still that’s a pretty good starting point.
Microsoft says the Surface Book runes two times faster than the current MacBook Pro and that statement is important for two reasons. First is the fact that it is faster than the MacBook Pro, has a Nvidia chip, and runs an OS that has a strong gaming library. While I don’t think it’s going to be a gaming power house I could see people getting a few LoL rounds in on the go with this thing.
Second of course is the direct call out to their main competitor. Apple has been enjoying a lot of success with the Air line due to its light weight, small form factor, and great speed. If Microsoft can squeeze into that face with a powerful device running Windows 10 they have a real chance to change the game.