Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface Laptop Studio hybrid, marketing as its most powerful mobile device to date, in a bid to entice creatives away from the new MacBook Pro 2021.
The device was unveiled alongside the Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3 and Surface Duo 2 devices at Microsoft’s Live Stream launch event earlier this week.
It came in place of the Surface Book 4 convertible rumoured to launch ahead of the event, replacing it as Microsoft’s flagship device for creatives, coders and power users. Here’s what you need to know about it.
Release date and price
Microsoft Executive Panos Panay confirmed the Surface Laptop Studio will be available on October 5, with pre-orders open now on the Microsoft Store.
The firm hasn’t revealed pricing details for any region yet, we’ll update this page when it does.
Design and specs
The Surface Laptop Studio has a very different design to past Microsoft Convertibles. It features a new hinge mechanic that replaces the detachable model seen on past Surface Books and Pros. The hinge lets you slide the display forward over the keyboard, to turn it into a tablet or set it as an artists easel. .
Surface Pen 2 and Microsoft G6 processor support are confirmed. The processor to help improve the user experience using the Surface Pen 2, delaying lag and latency. The pen also features a tactile feedback engine to help it mimic the feeling pen on paper. The laptop features a magnetic docking and charging station that sits under the sliding screen for secure storage.
This is a welcome change that will make it easier to use the device on the go without worrying about the stylus dislodging or going missing, as it occasionally does with the iPad Pro, based on our expereince.
Microsoft has revealed the Surface Laptop Studio’s full specs, though it will be available in a variety of different configurations. What we do know is that it will feature a 14.4inch, 120Hz refresh rate, PixelSense screen and haptic feedback trackpad.
Windows 11 will be preinstalled and it will be powered by an Nvidia GeForce 3050 Ti GPU and Intel 11th Gen chip. This marks it as a device for creatives, not gamers.
Outside of this all we know is that it will have a 1080p front camera featuring the same AI features debuted for the Surface Pro 8. These will let it track faces and auto optimise where it’s focussing.
For video calls it will feature new “Surface Mics” Microsoft claims will reduce background noise during calls. It didn’t disclose details how they work.