The surprise star of the show, the 13.5-inch Surface Book is the result of the Surface team’s wondering “what if we can do for laptops what we did for tablets?” The answer: something awfully compelling.
The sleek, sexy Surface Book leans on Microsoft’s decade-plus of experience designing keyboards and the Windows 10 team’s precision trackpad wisdom to deliver what Surface head Panos Panay claims is a top-notch ergonomic experience—always a key selling point in laptops. And while the Surface Book was created to be “the ultimate laptop,” its screen actually detaches, held in place by a Lenovo Yoga-like “dynamic fulcrum hinge” strengthened by Microsoft’s “muscle fiber.”
This thing holds up spec-wise, too, with a quad-core Intel Skylake processor, up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, and a discrete Nvidia GeForce GPU to drive the display’s 6 million pixels. Ounce for ounce, Panay said, this is the most powerful 13-inch laptop ever, with twice the power of the MacBook Pro.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Read our Surface Book reveal article for more details.