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In addition to launching the new $899 Surface Pro 4 with the Surface Pen stylus, Windows giant Microsoft has another highly-popular Apple product in its crosshair: the MacBook Air.

Billed as “the ultimate laptop,“ the Surface Book is another hybrid device from Microsoft. Featuring an accurate, responsive stylus, multi-touch support and a high-resolution 13.5-inch optically bonded screen that detaches easily from the keyboard, the new Surface Book promises to offer best of both worlds.

Surface Book hardware

The Surface Book is driven by Intel’s sixth-generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors with up to twelve hours of video playback. The 13.5-inch PixelSense display at 267 pixels per inch with improved touch latency and parallax is “natural and fluid to write on,” according to the Redmond firm.

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In terms of graphics, the baseline Surface Book configuration uses Intel HD graphics 520 but you can optionally upgrade it to discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics with dedicated 1GB of DDR5 video memory and hardware-acceleration for video editing, fast rendering and immersive gaming.

Microsoft Surface Book vs MacBook Pro slide

For those wondering, that 13.5-inch 3:2 aspect ratio screen maxes out at an astounding 3,000-by-2,000 pixel resolution. Contrast ratio is 1800:1 and the display can detect up to ten simultaneous touches at once. Like on the Surface Pro 4, each Surface Book screen has been individually calibrated to achieve 100 percent sRGB color.

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Next, the front-facing camera has five megapixels and supports 1080p video capture (you can use it to log into Windows with the Hello facial recognition feature). An eight-megapixel camera on the back is also capable of capturing 1080p video.

In terms of connectivity, the Surface Book is 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 compatible. Other features include a full sized, backlit keyboard, up to 16 GB of memory, and the same Windows Hello and Cortana software features provided by Windows 10.

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We should also mention that Microsoft’s new notebook/laptop hybrid sports stereo headphones, dual microphones and microphone jack built-in, in addition to the front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby audio. The computer packs in ambient light, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer sensors.

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In terms of I/O, the Surface Book has two full-size USB 3.0 ports, one Mini DisplayPort, a single full-size SD memory card reader and the Surface Connect for power and docking (base and clipboard).

All Surface Book models ship bundled with the Surface Pen stylus.

Surface Dock

The new Surface Dock is available, too. Compatible with the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 3, it transforms your device into a desktop PC by plugging in your dock with the SurfaceConnect cable.

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The Surface Dock features two Mini DisplayPorts, one Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 ports, one audio out port and an external power brick.

Pricing

The following Surface Book configurations are available:

  • $1,499—128 GB 6th generation Intel Core i5 with 8 GB of RAM
  • $1,699—256 GB 6th generation Intel Core i5 with 8 GB of RAM
  • $1,899—256 GB 6th generation Intel Core i5 with 8 GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor
  • $2,099—256 GB 6th generation Intel Core i7 with 8 GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor
  • $2,699—512 GB 6th generation Intel Core i7 with 16 GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor

These are estimated retail prices so actual retailer pricing may vary.

Availability

The Surface Book will be on sale in Canada and the United States on October 26, like the fourth-generation Surface Pro and Microsoft’s refreshed accessories lineup. The Surface Book can be pre-ordered in select markets October 7, 2015.

  • Micrones

    Actually, Microsoft was not targeting MBA with its Surface Book, as they aren’t in the same class.
    The target was MBP, Watch that keynote again.
    Comparing Surface Book to MBA is a travesty with regards to their specs, Surface Book is way better.

    • kickinghorse99

      2X faster. Not sure they have 128G? 256 should be minimum. Sync a 128GB phone then you’re out of luck:(

      • Micrones

        This analogy applies to any other laptop out there including MBP or MBA.
        Phones do not sync that way, only your contents and not the OS gets synced. Syncing generally does not work that way.

      • kickinghorse99

        How how does itunes back up a 128GB iphone with 100GB contents? (Apps – some are over 1GB, videos, pictures, and music,..) Also, consider having 2 iPhone and 2 ipads?

      • SkyFall

        iTunes saves only, videos, photos, music library settings.It lists what apps were installed but it doesn’t save them unless you select so. For example my 64 GB iPhone has a backup thats 25 GB (and thats with 2000 photos 150 apps and 500 songs and 1 4GB video).

      • John

        But getting 100 gb of stuff (unless you have movies) is a hard task.

      • Dom Sad

        What about external storage.?

      • Micrones

        It has a Micro SD slot for external storage

      • Dom Sad

        And usb sockets….

      • kickinghorse99

        I don’t trust the reliable of SD card.

  • Tarek Al Shawi

    who’s gonna buy that shit lol , macs for life <3

    • Di MaRiaz

      Well that’s an ignorant comment. Macs are awesome, but give credit where its due.

      • Micrones

        He must be an ignorant Apple fan, i am sure some of us love our apple products but do know when to be fair and honest about the competition.

      • Leopoldo Pereira

        Please include me! I love my ignorance! Used Windoze since 3.11. Switched to Mac in 2012. Never ever going back! Apple <3

      • Cristian B

        Dear god, don’t reproduce

      • Leopoldo Pereira

        Too late! LOL!

    • ravinigga

      As Mac user this not shit I would buy it because is straight from Microsoft like apple.

      • Leopoldo Pereira

        Yeah thought the same when I bought the Surface 1. Won’t make the same mistake!

      • Ali Aledany

        What he just said that as a mac user he does not think this new Microsoft laptop is shit, he would buy it because it’s straight from Microsoft just like the Macbook Pro, Straight from Apple.

        The first Macbook was pre shitty, just like the first surface, gens after are always better 🙂

      • Leopoldo Pereira

        I know what he said , Sherlock. Thanks, though, for your time.

      • Ali Aledany

        You: “Yeah thought the same when I bought the Surface 1. Won’t make the same mistake!”

        Pretty sure you misunderstood what he meant 🙂

      • Leopoldo Pereira

        And you misunderstood me. Got it.

    • besrate hogsa

      yeah! what Di MaRiaz said

    • Dan

      Non fanboys?

    • Chuck Finley

      You’re the kind of idiot fanboy that makes legitimate Apple fans look bad.

      • Leopoldo Pereira

        He has his right to like Apple. Apple changed the way we see technology. Thank you, Apple for making Microsoft better!

      • Micrones

        Apple was made better by Microsoft at some point when it almost went bankrupt and had to innovate. its just the nature of business, competition makes you better.
        Apple has been bland for over a year now, This will push Apple to release something different next year

      • Rowan09

        What are you talking about? Microsoft ripped Apples idea of Windows and released it before they could. Apple made Microsoft better and Microsoft in the end to boost it’s image as a nice company bailed them out when they needed some cash.

      • Typical BS claimer. You mean the idea Apple stole from Xerox, got sued by Xerox for then finally paid up?

      • Rowan09

        Did Microsoft get Windows from Xerox or Apple? Oh as I said they ripped Apple.

      • Can’t steal from someone who doesn’t own something…again Apple didn’t make sh*t.

      • Rowan09

        Stupid logic. I said Microsoft ripped Apple which they did. Did Apple get the idea from Xerox yes they showed it to Steve Jobs. You keep trying to defend something even though your wrong because Microsoft was showed it by Jobs and made Windows first after seeing it.

      • Right, because Steve Jobs ripped it first, it’s now his idea? Gimme a break BS claimer.

      • Rowan09

        Who said it was his idea? I made it clear it was from Xerox but Microsoft stole it from Apple not Xerox. It’s not that hard to understand man.

      • Let’s go into the definitions BS claimer.

        Steal: “take (another person’s property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it”

        Xerox was never the property of Apple back then…

      • Rowan09

        Ok so Microsoft stole the idea from Xerox even though they’ve never seen it from them and released it before Apple did. Right I got it now. I know what stealing is or IP is, but what does that have to do with the series of events that took place? Microsoft did release Windows after seeing the Apple prototype

      • Shinonuke

        It doesn’t. He is just pulling your chain and he gets a kick out of it. The new surface 4 and this book is giving mich to think about. I have been wanting to get a 13″ MBA because I don’t have to worry about getting an anti virus and the screen is great. However, this stupid surface book comes with an even higher resolution and with a pen!!! I like the idea that I can use it to take notes in class.

    • Leopoldo Pereira

      Me too!

  • brian.

    I’m not questioning their claim of 2x faster than a Macbook Pro, but the thing is people need to understand that, in the current line up for MBP, they haven’t updated to Skylake or anything yet. I think it’ll be more comparable on the spec end once they get updated.

    Now if the MBP only had a touch screen… hmmm.

    • Micrones

      Apple compares to whatever is present in the market on their products release, thus Microsoft claim is valid and strong until Apple releases new products with skylake

      • brian.

        I hold no contention with what you said. Microsoft is just fine doing what they did. They had a good day.

      • besrate hogsa

        Not just a good day maybe a good year
        Can’t wait to read some tech reviews

      • Micrones

        Yes, it has been a good year for Microsoft in so many ways. Just goes to show that no one holds the dominance its all cyclical

      • Competition is Awesome! Hope this pushes manufacturers to create better ideas…

      • kickinghorse99

        …then MS release with new one.. The cycle go on….

  • Connecting Mac User 

    Wake up call for Apple.. Like really seriously. I can see the anger in the mind of MicroSoft. Those guys re so pissed and am speechless 😮

  • rockdude094

    Holy shit, am I the only one impressed ? This blows out any computer in terms of originality

    • Jackson Grong

      Why? When seen hybrids for years. To me it looks ugly as shit.

      • Elias Chao

        To be honest, this is by far the best hybrid out there. The only think I didn’t like about its design is that think between the screen and the keyboard, not sure how’s called.

      • socrates

        Just like Apple adopted NFC years after its initial release, and 4K was a thing long before manufacturers made their debut. Today, the sales are all about how well integrated the tech is.

  • 2x faster than a two year old MBP running Mavericks?

    • Di MaRiaz

      hey thats an excellent point …. didnt even notice that. well spotted.

    • therealjjohnson

      Which computer are you running right now?

    • Maxim∑

      2x faster assuming you choose the i7 model for $1,800. It was compared to the 13in Macbook pro

    • Micrones

      You really have no idea what you are talking about.

  • f1ght3r

    I’m not likely to switch from my macbook pro, but this is great news. Competition (should) makes everyone stronger.

  • besrate hogsa

    Microsoft is gonna have a good year
    windows 10 is a success

  • therealjjohnson

    Cant front. This is pretty bad ass.

  • Hippo

    What’s app has a new update !!!!!

  • n0ahcruz3

    now thats a beast, MS really did an incredible job on the hardware department and aesthetics. i used mostly apple products but i give credit to where credit is due.

  • NeftyCorrea

    Lets Be honest here. SURFACE book will fail just like they failed before ! APPLE is the way to go ..

    • Micrones

      Your post is quite ignorant………
      Everyone failed at some point and bounced back including Apple which failed more than once and almost went bankrupt in the past.
      Try to enlighten yourself a little bit before posting ignorant comments

    • besrate hogsa

      if you have known about the history of Apple, you wouldn’t have made this stupid comment
      maybe some reading is in order for you

      • NeftyCorrea

        GOOD FOR YOU BUDDY . i know that history of apple . ! they have been through a rough pass but look at them now .. get a life

      • zeman tamy

        you just made my point
        Microsoft is coming back

      • NeftyCorrea

        AND iF THEY DO THAT WOULD BE AWESOME but in my eyes i don’t see it .

      • Micrones

        With your ignorant statements, you obviously lack the understanding to see it combined with your lack of knowledge about Apple history

      • NeftyCorrea

        DUDE You have no life attacking me lol . wasting your time . i have knowledge about the history of apple. your the ignorant one . talking crap over a comment. take care buddy

      • Micrones

        This is not attacking you Mate.
        your statement is obviously ignorant, as everyone with a slight knowledge of Apple history knew they almost went bust more than once in the past before they started innovating and grew to become the most valuable tech company now

      • NeftyCorrea

        AND WE ALL KNOW THAT ! I’m a apple guy. IM not ignorant i had a surfaces pro and it sucked I’m not saying all they’re products sucks I’m just saying The Surface Pro could be a win or a fail and in my eyes its a fail. your assuming I’m talking about the WHOLE Company Witch I’m not. I’m talking about products.

      • Micrones

        Lets Be honest here. SURFACE book will fail just like they failed before ! APPLE is the way to go ..

        Still ignorant nonetheless…….. Because you dont like a product or did not work for you does not mean it failed whereas it has been a success
        Everyone knows Surface Pro as a line did not fail. so……….

      • NeftyCorrea

        yea point made. Surface Bookis a PRODUCT that will Fail just like Before With the Surface pro again PRODUCT ! . Microsoft Products . apple products are more reliable compare to Microsoft products in my opinion.

      • Micrones

        I cant speak for the success of Surface Book yet, but where did you get your report that Surface Pro line was a failure???

        Surface Pro as a line redefined a new category that Apple Ipad Pro is now copying and you call that a failure because you don’t like it????

        Rational and enlightened people will not call the MBP a failure because they do not like it.

        Still ignorant nonetheless…..

      • NeftyCorrea

        yea I’ve seen the iPad Pro I did say to myself that they did copy the Surface pro with the keyboard attachment but every company copy each other .

      • NeftyCorrea

        yea i guess I’m still ignorant .

      • Gregg

        Yeah, you nailed it – you’re ignorant…

      • NeftyCorrea

        yea gregg . you as well !

      • George

        The ipad pro wouldn’t exist without Microsoft.

      • Cristian B

        And then I’m just here seeing no point of a iPad other than Netflix. It’s litterly an iPod with a big screen. For me, a MacBook and an iPhone is all I care about. While I’m not a fan of Microsoft, windows 10 is quite impressive. And this laptop looks amazing.

      • George

        Exactly

  • Dan

    Microsoft is doing great these days. Their new phones are looking pretty good as well.

  • Yujin

    Looks a little too thick for my taste. Can it compete with MacBook Pro? I’m sure it will beat it in specs and maybe some test but at the end specs don’t really apply to Apple

    At the end the OS and looks matter to a lot of people. We just need to wait and see

  • Matt

    Dang that’s impressive.
    Not really sure about the looks, but I am looking at the Surface Pro 4
    The Surface Pro already makes the iPad app look bad, but this new laptop/tablet hybrid just makes the iPad “Pro” seem like a child’s toy.

    • Agreed. The thing looks ugly but when it comes to laptops you really just want something that gets stuff done and if this machine really is two times faster than a MacBook Pro then it sounds great.

      • Matt

        Definitely does especially since it can be a tablet at the same time. That’s a really big selling point IMO.

  • Cones1r

    You couldn’t pay me to go back to a pc. That is all.

    • Cristian B

      hmph

  • That_Fruitarian

    I can’t lie. I’d be all over these machines if they didn’t run Windows.

    What I want from Apple is a tablet that runs OS X. Give me that and it’s game over.

    • Micrones

      Well Apple said they will never go that route.
      Lets see what happens in a few years if and when Microsoft’s strategy pays off.

      • That_Fruitarian

        They’ve said lots of things. Only to later backtrack.

      • Micrones

        LOL,
        That we agree on…..

      • That_Fruitarian

        I understand it. They want to steer the landscape in the direction of their vision(iPad). I get it. But when the people decide they want something else, you best be a fast follower. If Microsoft succeeds, Apple has no choice but to follow – or leapfrog Microsoft with something even greater.

        Personally, I want a tablet with OS X and I bet millions of others do too.

  • So… It has a detachable display, yet much of the battery as well as the GPU is in the keyboard module. Just how much do you sacrifice spec-wise when you detach the “screen”? Additionally, unlike the Pro series it doesn’t include a kickstand so the only way to stand it up is to have it docked, lean it against something or hold it. What’s the point of a detachable computer like this when you are penalized in battery life and performance whenever you take advantage of this feature? If I have to use this as a laptop in order to get full performance, why not just buy a regular laptop (like a macbook pro) once they get the new chips from intel in 3-4 months later and the specs are comparable again?

    I’m looking forward to actually seeing the reviews of this device though. Cool ideas, and all, but I’m not convinced as to their execution. I guess I won’t be pre-ordering this. Who knows though, maybe I’ll pick one up if the reviews are outstanding 😉

    • You do know you can rotate the screen and re-attach it back to the keyboard, right?

  • Alexander Figueroa

    I like it

  • Rowan09

    The top of the line MPA sells for $1749+ tax with 2.2GHz i7, 8GB, 512GB while the this laptop sells for $2066+ for half the space that’s way too much. Why is no one mentioning the ridiculous pricing?

    • Leopoldo Pereira

      Because it isn’t Apple…

      • Rowan09

        So true.

    • George

      Why is it ridiculous? Windows offers a different experience.

      • Rowan09

        Huh? You can put Windows on a Mac so I don’t see your point at all.

      • George

        My point is that this is a Microsoft product and they never used to make this much hardware. don’t you think it was ridiculous when apple was selling a laptop $800 more than a random windows laptop that was $400?

      • Rowan09

        Not really because Apple is the only one selling Macs and you at least got more space for the price. There are tons of Windows devices hence why Dell made it’s name selling them at a minimum. Everyone killed Apple fo making 16GB phones still but see no problem with a 128GB computer selling for so much?

      • George

        you clearly don’t know macbook pro pricing then.

      • Rowan09

        I do what are you talking about? It’s easy to just look it up. The best MPB sell for $2499+ tax and that’s a 15″ with 2.5GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB flash storage, 2GB GDDR5 Radeon.

    • Right, ignore the higher-performing dedicated GPU, faster 6th generation CPU, detachable tablet aspect, Wacom Cintiq-like digtizer drawing board aspect, higher quality webcams, etc, and cry about only the spacing…makes iSense.

      • Rowan09

        Ignore what? So I have all this power and need space in 2 months? Dude you can’t be serious arguing that 128 is not pitiful for a laptop. How is 16GB a joke for the iPhone and 128 not a joke for a laptop?

      • “Ignore what? So I have all this power and need space in 2 months? Dude you can’t be serious arguing that 128 is not pitiful for a laptop. “

        And what the f*ck stops you from going with the higher capacity storage? Plus, at the $2099 price, it comes with 256GB Storage, how the f*ck is that pitiful? Oh right, it doesn’t have your beloved fruit behind it…

      • Rowan09

        $2099 and I still need to purchase a keyboard and mouse? What does this have to do with Apple? This device is overpriced and you’re the first to tall about things being overpriced. This IS suppose to be a Pro device RIGHT. I have music producers who has 2 TB of space and video producers who need at least 1TB and Architects who needs at least a 15″ screen. How is this a Pro device for that crazy price without the basics which is space? 256 is still not enough I need at least 500GB

      • “$2099 and I still need to purchase a keyboard and mouse? “

        Hahaha, perfect reaffirmation of why I call you the typical BS claimer…never researches, just pulling ignoramus claims from his behind thinking they’ll become fact. Such a narcissistic hypocrite.

        That price includes the Keyboard AND Wacom-cintiq-like Digitzer pen.

        ” How is this a Pro device for that crazy price without the basics which is space? 256 is still not enough I need at least 500GB”

        Again, what the f*ck stops you from going with a higher storage capacity option (up to 1TB) or using one of today’s 500GB high-speed UHS II SD Cards? Oh right, nothing, just gotta cry ’cause it’s not Apple..

      • Rowan09

        The expensive price clown. Hold on I buy the best thing since slice bread and I must now spend over $400 for a 500GB SD card too? Get the hell outta here. The MBP at 128GB is also a rip off, so I guess you must feel like an ass to think Apple is exempt.

      • “The expensive price clown.”

        Hahahaha, the narcissistic hypocrite paid for overpriced Apple stuff and is still complaining about price? Total hypocrite to the core…

      • Rowan09

        What? Apparently now price doesn’t matter. The next time I hear you speak on Apples prices after being butt raped for purchasing this device or any Surface Pro I won’t even give you the day anymore. Now it may come as a surprise but ripping people off is not an Apple invention and Microsoft is showing you right in your face with these products. Whatever dude follow your herd master.

      • Micrones

        This same analogy can be applied to the upcoming Ipad Pro, which is a hamstrung device targeting the same market.
        Using the storage space as an excuse to justify your rationale does not make any sense considering what the Surface Pro brings to the table as a full workhorse which the Ipad Pro does not even come close to.

      • Rowan09

        That’s the point. How are you selling people on a full laptop first off that doesn’t come with a keyboard or mouse with limited space and say it’s for professionals? Architects, producers and even regular consumers use up a lot of space and no spec can fix that problem. I never said anything bad about the Surface Prob besides its a great device crippled by limited storage at a premium. I would never walk into a computer store and think purchasing a 128GB computer would be enough for me. I remember they use to sell the 64GB I think last year and people didn’t think that was ridiculous?

  • George

    This looks like a macbook pro competitor not the air? And how does a $1400 product compete with a $900 macbook air?

    • Micrones

      I wonder why people keep on referencing MBA, This product was positioned to compete with MBP.
      During the presentation the target was MBP,not MBA

      • George

        I think to downplay how powerful it is.

  • Gryph

    well with that $2k price tag I’d go with razer blade instead lol

  • Mark S

    There’s one problem with this strategy MS: it comes with windoze.

  • Unknow Unknow

    Was nice ad but why they compare with Apple if their product is better? Also who will be the target of this product apple users?? Or windows users? I don’t think that windows users want to spend $2400 or more they usually get windows free in the pirate bay and install it in their 90’s plastic blocky black color laptops

    • George

      because Microsoft isn’t going to compete with their own manufacturers that use windows 10. If they did that they would piss off dell and so on.

  • Unknow Unknow

    Zune is the king ……,

  • Once again, I think hybrids are the way to go, and this is not an acception. Great specs, an ok design, and a really cool dock. But yet, it still runs Windows… I just can’t leave the world of UNIX just yet!

  • Hahaha, there’s no Christian article without something misleading or stupidly biased. This is competing with the MacBook Pro, not the MacBook Air…that’s beyond accomplished with the Surface Pro 4.

  • M_Hawke

    Wow, nice. Very nice. Innovative. Beautiful. I want one of these, too.

  • Jake Platt

    Microsoft have really hit a winner with this one. It is a little pricey, the base model is over $2,000 in Australia (where I live) and that base model just doesn’t have enough storage at 128gb. Also that hinge looks suspiciously like it could break easily. I haven’t obviously seen the device in person so that is only a observation at this point, but it looks like it could wear out quite easily vs a conventional laptop hinge. Those small qualms aside, I’d definitely consider this as my next computer.

  • Chindavon

    Sign me up for the 2700 dollar model. NOT

  • @sexyhamthing

    “Microsoft targets Apple’s MacBook Air”

    idownloadblog is a sorry, pathetic attempt at journalism.

    • Dan

      Can’t expect too much when it’s Zibreg. The articles are usually a pretense for flame/trolling. And it works, look at all the comments.

  • Ali Aledany

    You mean targeted towards the Macbook Pro
    The Surface Pro 4 is targeted towards the Air the book is to the Pro

  • Ali Aledany

    Holy shit for the first time in years, this blog has very little ignorant fanboys defending apple or microsoft :’) Why can’t it be like this all the time?