Microsoft has unveiled the first laptop it has ever released on its own, the Surface Book. Described by Microsoft’s Panos Panay as the “Ultimate laptop,” the Surface Book specs seem to live up to his words. The Surfaces Book is a 13.5-inch, magnesium alloy laptop with high powered internals that also has the ability to detach from its keyboard to become a surface tablet. The laptop is just .51-.90 inches thin and weighs 1.6 lbs.
The laptop’s unique ability to become a tablet is possible because the battery and the Intel Core processor are built into the screen half of the laptop, while the GPU is in the keyboard base. The concept is to use the device in laptop mode for heavier tasks such as typing, playing games, or editing videos and detaching from the powerful GPU base for lighter tasks.
In laptop mode, the Surface Book’s keyboard has a back-lit chiclet-style keyboard and a multi-touch glass track pad. Microsoft says that the battery life will last up to 12 hours in laptop mode and 3 hours in tablet mode; however, it all depends on your usage.
Microsoft’s Pinay boasts that it is the “thinnest and most powerful PC ever created.” Topping out at 1TB storage and 16GB of RAM, the Surface Book will cost you. 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM starts at $1,500, while the fully loaded laptop will costs over $3,000.