If you like the look of Microsoft Surface but still prefer laptops, you’re in luck as Microsoft is releasing a new product called the Surface Book.
The device is Microsoft’s first laptop and was unveiled at an event in the US, along with a host of other products. A packed launch event in New York saw the tech giants announce three Lumia smartphones and the new Microsoft Band as well as presenting a demo for hologram technology Microsoft Hololens.
All of the devices will feature Windows 10, the latest Microsoft operating system, that is now used on 110 million devices worldwide, according to executive vice president Terry Myerson.
Microsoft Surface Book
The Surface Book is like your traditional laptop except you can remove the keyboard, giving it a more tablet like feel.
The hinge can bend all the way round, so that you can also swing the keyboard onto the back of the screen if you prefer.
At 1.6 lbs and 7.7mm thick, the Surface Book is the thinnest laptop ever made, but Microsoft says that you’ll be able to get 12 hours of battery life out of it.
The touchscreen is 13.5-inches wide, has 267 PPI display with six million pixels, and can convert into a tablet.
New Surface Pen
Microsoft’s new clickable Surface Pen can also be used with the Surface Book. The new pen can be clicked on the top to call Windows 10’s personal assistant, Cortana, into action. The company is also working to integrate this button with other apps.
The exact date and pricing in the UK is yet to be confirmed, but the Surface Book can be pre-ordered from October 7 in the US. It will start from $1,499 (around £985) and will be available from October 26.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The tech giant also unveiled its latest Surface ‘the tablet that can replace your laptop.’
This Windows 10 device includes a new Kickstand allowing it to swap between positions.
It has a 12.3-inch screen with PixelSense technology promising low glare, a fingerprint sensor and a 9-hour battery.
Prices start from £749 on launch on October 26th.
Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL
Along with the Surface Book Microsoft also introduced two flagship smartphones, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Both handsets will run Windows 10 mobile.
The Lumia 950 includes a 5.2-inch OLED screen, while the 950 XL has a 5.7-inch OLED screen.
Both include 20-megapixel PureView cameras, five-megapixel front-facing camera and can capture 4K (Ultra HD) movies.
Both phones support Continuum, a clever feature that allows you to plug an HDMI display, mouse and keyboard into your phone so that you can run apps across devices.
Microsoft showed the Display Dock accessory, which connects your Windows 10 phone to a monitor, where it runs Windows 10 universal apps on the screen in desktop form.
The dock supports DisplayPort and HDMI and includes three USB ports - in effect turning the phone into a mini PC.
Also announced was the low-cost smartphone, the Lumia 550, which will be released at the same time for $139 (£90) in November.
The tech giant is remaining within the wearables section with the second-generation Microsoft Band, an activity tracker featuring a new curved screen that uses scratchproof Gorilla Glass.
It can track fitness including calories burned and sleep patterns, as well as giving you email and text notifications.
Among the Band’s new features is the inclusion of voice-assistant Cortana and a barometer. It will cost $249 (around £163) on launch.