Microsoft releases Surface Pro 4 and a Surface laptop

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Microsoft has updated the Surface lineup. The new Surface Pro 4 now has a laptop brother, Surface Book.

Surface Pro 4 is a significant update. The Pro 3 was still running on oldish 4th generation Intel chips and the new Pro 4 uses the much more power efficient 6th generation Skylake processors. The display is slightly larger than previously at 12.3″ and has 5 million pixels. The tablet now has a fingerprint scanner and support for Microsoft Hello face recognition. The pen now has 1024 pressure states and an eraser. The keyboard is better with the better spaced keys. Prices start at $899 and shipping starts on 26 October.

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Maybe the more interesting Surface is the new Surface Book. It is a direct MacBook Pro competitor with slim magnesium body, great display and lots of horsepower. The Book is a convertible laptop which means that the display is removable and can be used as tablet. It uses a clever hinge design that allows the display to be removable but the laptop still feels like a laptop and not flimsy or unstable like some other convertibles. The Verge has a great article about the hinge.

The Surface Books has some serious hardware inside. The 6th generation Intel chips and NVIDIA GTX graphics cards makes it two times faster than the same size MacBook Pro. The display measures at 13.5″ and has 6 million pixels. The keyboard is backlit and hides the graphics card which is not available in tablet mode. The Surface Book ships on 26 October and prices start at $1499.

Microsoft announces October 6 event

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Microsoft has sent press invitations for an event on October 6. We are expected to see the new Windows 10 devices.

The main focus of the event will be the new Windows 10 Mobile devices, Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The devices are rumored to feature QHD displays, high-end Snapdragon SoCs and 3GB of RAM. The plastic design returns with a large camera bump on the back.

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The Lumia 950 is going to feature a 5.2″ 1440p display, Snapdragon 808 and 3000mAh battery. The larger 950 XL has a 5.7″ 1440p display, Snapdragon 810 SoC and a 3300mAh battery. Both will have a 20 megapixel rear camera and a 5MP front facer. There will also be an iris scanner to securely unlock the device. Charging port is upgraded to a USB Type-C.

Also we are expecting to see the Microsoft’s answer to the iPad Pro. The Surface Pro 4 might be revealed with full desktop Windows 10 and in different sizes. The 12″ model might get a 13″ or 14″ variant alongside it. The specs are of course going to be impressive and comparable to laptops.

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