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Microsoft Unveils New “Surface Book” Convertible Laptop, Surface Pro 4 tablet, and Lumia 950 and 950 XL Windows 10 Smartphone

Thu October 08 2015 12:24 pm
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Microsoft is doubling down on its Surface devices business, unveiling a new laptop Tuesday alongside an updated tablet.

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book with Windows 10 on October 6, 2015.

The Surface Book features a keyboard dock with a “dynamic fulcrum hinge” that expands as it is folded open, a secondary battery and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) that are used while docked.

13.5-inch 3000×2000 resolution display

High-end Intel processor (6th generation Intel Core processors, including options with Core i5 and i7 processors)

Windows 10 Pro
Up to 16GB of RAM
1TB of storage
12-hour battery life
Keyboard dock with glass multitouch trackpad
Secondary battery in the keyboard dock
Nvidia GPU in the keyboard dock
Two USB 3.0 ports
Mini-display port
802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0
5.0 MP front, 8.0 MP rear 1080p HD video recording
SD card slot

Tablet weight: 1.6 pounds (0.73 kg)
Laptop weight: 3.34 pounds (1.51 kg)

Starting at $1,499

Delivery date October 26, 2015.

Microsoft devices executive Panos Panay also unveiled the Surface Pro 4 — the latest generation of the Surface tablet. Panay claimed the Surface Book is twice as fast as the MacBook Pro, and the Surface Pro 4 is 50 percent faster than the MacBook Air. The Surface Pro 4 starts at $899. Delivery date for the Surface Pro 4 is also October 26, 2015.

Microsoft also introduced the Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones with 5.2 inch and 5.7 inch screens. The smartphones operate with a full version of Windows 10 can function as a PC when connected with a cable adapter to a monitor.

The smartphones come with a high-end camera — similar or the same as is equipped with Nokia phones. Microsoft bought the Nokia smartphone business in 2014 for $7.6 billion.

Both phones will be available in November.

New high-end smartphones and an update to the Surface Pro tablet were expected at Microsoft’s New York City press event on Tuesday. The surprise? Surface Book, the company’s very first laptop. Photo: Getty Images

Microsoft debuts several new products at an event in New York City. CNET senior editor Jeff Bakalar has details for CBSN.

Microsoft unveils the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, Twitter launches Moments feature for live events and news, Apple acquires deep learning company Perceptic, Reddit launches new site called Upvoted.

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