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Microsoft introduced the Surface Laptop Studio, and if you mistook it for a tablet with a trackpad accessory, you’d be forgiven.

The device was the last to be announced in a launch that was broadcast live on Wednesday. The event caused a stir across Surface Windows 11 PCs that are expected to ship on October 5.

At first, the Surface Studio Laptop looks like a normal laptop, although the touchscreen can be pulled out to form a tent that covers the keyboard and leaves only the trackpad visible underneath. The screen can then be flattened on the trackpad to put it in full tablet mode.

Meet a new fondleslab … The Surface Laptop in tent mode. Click to enlarge. Source: Microsoft

The device has the firepower of a desktop PC with an 11th generation quad-core Intel Core H-Series processor and an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics chip, Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, said during the broadcast. Web. Panos unexpectedly invoked Steve Ballmer and also introduced the laptop as a system on which developers can write and test AI code for speech and image recognition applications.

“Microsoft loves developers,” Panay said, later adding, “He can compile code like no one else.

Later in the livestream, Microsoft Partner Program Manager Scott Hanselman wearing a t-shirt with “#include Above, showed how the laptop could create and compile source code as quickly as a modest desktop computer. The system, which succeeds the Surface Book line, can also be used with a pen, and might even appeal to some gamers, Redmond hopes.

The Laptop Studio has a 14.4-inch screen with a resolution of 2400 x 1200 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz. It also has wireless connectivity, Thunderbolt 4 (USB 4.0) and Surface Connect ports, a headphone jack, 16 or 32 GB of RAM and a removable SSD ranging from 256 GB to 2 TB. Windows’ goliath said the hardware can run for up to 18 hours on battery power, depending on configuration and usage. Full technical specifications and the fine print are here.

A base system with a Core i5 chip, 16GB of RAM, Intel’s Iris X graphics processor, and 256GB of storage costs $ 1,599. At about double the price, you’ll get a fully loaded system with a Core i7, 2TB SSD, 32GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GPU.

Not content with its latest design “innovation”, Microsoft also announced new, updated Surface machines as well as a second attempt to try and make dual-screen smartphones popular. CEO Satya Nadella believed that the hardware enabled many remote working and security features in Windows 11.

The event kicked off with Panay’s introduction of the 13-inch Surface Pro 8 laptop tablet, which starts at $ 1,099 and comes with an 11th generation Intel processor and two Thunderbolt 4 ports, as with the Surface Laptop Studio. Microsoft claims that this equipment has a battery life of up to 16 hours of normal use; has an adaptive color display; and can be specified for more performance hungry users.

An updated Surface Pro X uses roughly the same form factor as the Pro 8 and packs the Arm-compatible silicon designed by Qualcomm: its SQ1 and 2 chips. The price is lower than the Pro 8, at $ 900 for the cheapest device, but for twice the price, you get the LTE-equipped version (not 5G) with 16GB of RAM, an SQ2 system-on-chip, and 512GB of storage.

For those who want their Surface without the hefty price tag, Panos introduced the new Go 3, a 10.5-inch version of the more powerful Pro 8 equipped with Intel’s Pentium and Core i3 processors. Prices for this panel start at $ 400 for the base unit with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD and will have LTE support.

And there was the Surface Pro 7+ which is another laptop,


If at first you don’t succeed … The Surface Duo 2. Click to enlarge. Source: Microsoft.

Finally, Microsoft also showcased the Surface Duo 2 foldable smartphone, which features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 system-on-a-chip and supports 5G as part of its latest attempt to make dual-screen phones work.

Redmond still doesn’t sell on foldable touchscreens, so the Duo sticks to twin 8.3-inch displays divided by a hinge. It runs an Android that’s supposed to be optimized for Microsoft apps and the outer hinge has a slim screen to show notifications and battery life. Prices start at $ 1,500. ®

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