Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Microsoft launches the ultimate laptop 'Surface Book' and updated Surface Pro 4

Microsoft, at a press event held in New York yesterday unveiled some interesting devices including a whole new Laptop, Surface Book which directly competes with its only one competitor, the MacBook. Why I said the only one because other than Microsoft, Apple is the only company that makes its own hardware and software. Surface Pro 4 was also launched along with an updated Microsoft Band. 
Let's talk about the all new Surface Book first

Microsoft calls it the ultimate laptop and we all know the reason why.  
The main highlights of this laptop are:
  • Display: 13.5” PixelSense™ display, Resolution: 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI)
  • Battery life: Up to 12 hours of video playback
  • Processor: 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 or i7
    Graphics: i5: Intel® HD graphics 520, i5/i7: NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Processor
  • Memory: 8GB or 16GB RAM
  • Camera: 5.0MP front-facing camera, 8.0MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, with 1080p HD video recording, Dual microphones, front and rear-facing, Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® audio
  • Ports: Two full-size USB 3.0, Full-size SD™ card reader, SurfaceConnectTM, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort
  • It comes along with free Surface Pen 
This laptops seems to be very convincing and is set to give some serious competition to the good old favorite MacBook. However, it will not be cheap and is planned to start at a whopping 1499 USD, that roughly converts into 98,000 INR, but it will not launch in India till next year and the price will be more than 1 lac.
Well, I believe that competition has always benefited us consumers and this should benefit more than ever.

Second in the list is the cousin, Surface Pro 4. It is the upgraded version of the ever improving Surface. Main specifications can be highlighted as below:

  • Display: 12.3” PixelTouch display, Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
  • Battery life: Up to 9 hours of video playback
  • Processor: 6th Gen Intel® Core™ M3, i5, or i7
  • Graphics: M3: Intel® HD graphics 515, i5: Intel® HD graphics 520, i7: Intel® Iris™ graphics
  • Memory: 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RAM
  • Cameras/video/ audio: 5.0 MP front-facing HD camera, 8.0 MP rear-facing autofocus camera, with 1080p HD video recording, Stereo microphones with Stereo speakers with Dolby® audio
  • Ports: Full-size USB 3.0, microSD™ card reader, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, Cover port & SurfaceConnect™
This will start at 899 USD, converting into 60k INR, which is a price you can actually get a good laptop. However, considering the quality and the functionality it offers, the price is justified.
I will talk about Microsoft Band and the new Lumia's in later posts, along with more detailed review of the Surface Book.

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