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Microsoft Surface Book specs, price and release date: 1TB Surface Book now available online and in stores

 

Top-of-the-range Surface Book sells for £2,650

The Surface Book is a 2-in-1 PC-tablet produced by Microsoft. It is part of the Surface series of devices, which include the Surface Pro.

The key differentiator of the Surface Book is its full-sized, detachable keyboard, which uses a dynamic fulcrum hinge that expands when it is opened. It runs Windows 10 Pro, and is compatible with other Windows 10 applications and devices.

In this article you will find the latest updates about the Surface Book.

Surface Book news

30/06/2016: Two weeks after it went on pre-sale, the 1TB Microsoft Surface Book is now available to buy in shops. The 1TB SSD drive is described by Microsoft as “a powerful edition to the device for customers who put a premium on having all of their work with them wherever they go”.

Indeed, Microsoft is squarely targeting this £2,650 notebook, which also comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, at “power user” professionals who use graphics-heavy programmes, such as engineers, designers and videographers.

“There are people in a huge variety of fields … who depend on a library of presentation, digital content, and image and video files relating to client projects who want truly instant access to all of these resources on job sites, in the air, and wherever else they may find themselves,” said Microsoft.

The 1TB version of the Surface Book is over twice the price of the entry-level, 128GB, Core i5 version, but only £400 more than the 512GB Core i7 version.

13/06/2016: Microsoft has opened UK pre-orders for premium versions of its Surface Book notebook laptop.

The top-end version of 13.5in Surface Book, which comes with either a 6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, sells for £2,649.

The first 250 purchasers of the 1TB Surface Book will get a £45 store voucher as part of a pre-order bonus.

In addition to its notebook, the top-end version of the 12.3in Surface Pro 4 tablet, which comes with a with Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, is also available to pre-order, priced at £2,199.

Customers who pre-order that tablet will receive a Maroo Leather Sleeve, worth £44.95.

Both devices will be released in the UK on 30 June, and can be pre-ordered from the Microsoft Store.

05/01/2016: Surface Book pre-orders now open

UK pre-orders for Microsoft’s Surface Book are now live, with the device scheduled to start shipping by 18 February.

The company’s MacBook-killer has been on sale in the US since October, but was previously unavailable in many other territories, with some quarters speculating it could arrive as much as six months after its US debut.

The device will start retailing at £1,299 for a Core-i5 model with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. £2,249 will bump the specs up to 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and a discrete GPU.

06/10/2015: Microsoft surprised everyone at its New York press conference by unveiling its first ever laptop; the Surface Book. The new notebook fires a shot across the bows at Apple and its MacBook.

The Surface Book also pits itself against the iPad Pro with a detachable keyboard. It is only 7.3mm in thickness and weighs in at 1579g.

The device itself sports a 13.5-inch optically bonded PixelSense display boasting around six million pixels or around 267 PPI. The screen itself is composed of Gorilla Glass 4. PixelSense is a technology used in Microsoft’s line of Surface and Surface Pro and purports to be able to sense if the display is being touched by a finger or stylus and optimise performance accordingly.

It comes with a backlit, scissor-action keyboard and a glass trackpad. The trackpad (incidentally glass is also used on the MacBook) boasts five points of multi-touch accuracy.

It comes with two processor options; an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chips and claims up to 12 hours of battery life. There is also an optional discrete GPU, which Microsoft said enabled seamless video editing, fast rendering or immersive gaming. The GPU itself is an Nvidia GeForce chip with GDDR5 memory.

Speaking at the press conference, Panos Panay, corporate vice-president at Microsoft, took a leaf out of the Apple playbook on product launches and claimed the Surface Book was “the thinnest, most powerful PC ever created”.

He added that the detachable display meant the Surface Book could be used as a tablet or clipboard and was aimed at architect, scientists, designers and others needing more processing power and better graphics. The hinge on the Surface Book also allows users to fold the display around to hold the device in tablet mode while still using the GPU.

There is also support for the Surface Dock which expands the number of port available. This includes dual 4K-capable DisplayPort outputs, four USB ports and an Ethernet connection.

On the device itself, a front-facing camera features Windows Hello authentication that negates the need to enter a password. There’s also a rear-facing 8MP camera, two full-size USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and Mini Display Port.

Surface Book starts at $1,499. This gets you the Core i5 processor, a 128GB solid-state drive and 8GB of RAM. For $2,699, the Surface Book comes with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and discrete graphics. It’s available for pre-order in the US now, but no UK release date has yet been revealed.

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