Microsoft has finally revealed their new Surface Laptop at the EDU event on Tuesday. Along with some partner PCs, Microsoft announced that they aim to help win back schools across the country. A few years ago, Windows PCs dominated in schools while Apple took a break until it rebuilt itself with the iMac, iPod, and the iPhone.
The new Surface Laptop is a 13.5-inch laptop that's designed to work with Microsoft's new operating system called Windows 10 S. Microsoft's devices chief Panos Panay said that the company had aimed this new hardware on students who are to leave high schools. "We talk to a lot of them... they're asking for a laptop, they're asking for a Surface laptop," says Panay. "So we built a laptop, and it's beautiful."
Microsoft's new laptop comes with a fabric-Alcantara keyboard just similar to the premium Surface Pro 4 keyboard that has 1.5mm travel for the backlit keys. The teaser video of the device clearly showed that it's built to be a high-end device to promote the new Windows 10 S operating system.
While it runs on Windows 10 S, the only apps that will be available will be from the Windows Store unless will opt to upgrade to the Windows 10 Pro. The device will also be shipped in four different colors: burgundy, graphite gold, platinum, and cobalt blue and weigh less than three pounds.
In addition, with its 13.5-inch PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, it has the thinnest LCD touch model ever created and put into a laptop complete with 3.4 million pixels. The laptop's screen also supports Microsoft's Surface Pen so users can draw on the display just like other Surface devices.
Furthermore, Microsoft is equipping the laptop with the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and a battery life that will last for 14.5 hours. The tech giant claims that it will be faster than the i7 MacBook Pro.
Microsoft is already accepting preorders for the new Surface Laptop. Price starts at $999 for the Core i5 variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage and shipping will start on June 15th.