Microsoft has launched its first ever laptop. As seen in the video above, the Surface Book is quite different from the tablets we were used to.
- Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
- Keyboard with graphics processing unit (GPU)
- Battery life of up to 12 hours
- Up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB storage
Of key interest is the keyboard which has a graphics processing. This is intended to boost the overall laptop performance by storing up to 3/4 of the laptop’s battery life.
The 13.5 inch laptop goes on sales from the 26th of this month with price starting from $1,499/300k Naira/155k Kenya Shillings.
The monitor is detachable and comes with a pen and touch capabilities. Does this ring a bell? Oh yes, the recently launched iPad Pro from Apple is no longer the regular iPad we were introduced to. It now comes with a smart keyboard which is powered by the iPad Pro and does not have any internal batteries. It’s covered in connective fibre. In addition to the Surface Book, the Surface Pro 4 was announced as well with upgraded features when compared to the Surface Pro 3. the Pro 4 comes in up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM. Compare the specifications below. You can see a more elaborate break down on the Microsoft site.
Microsoft also announced two new Lumia phones yesterday. This comes months after Microsoft announced job cuts in different units of up to 7,800 with the phone unit being the hardest hit.
The new Lumia 950 and 950XL
The best way to think of the new Lumia 950 and 950XL is a mobile Windows 10 computer which can be connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard. Put elaborately, you can now ” Connect the Lumia 950 XL to a Microsoft Display Dock and Windows apps like Word, Excel, and Microsoft Edge scale up for a PC-like experience on an external monitor. It’s a quick and easy way to get the productivity benefits of a mouse and keyboard – leave your laptop at work and relax knowing that you have a convenient way to get things done.” Both devices come with 4k video capture with shaky hands effect greatly reduced.