Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop goes up for pre-ordering from today itself. The pricing for the basic variant of the Surface Laptop starts at $999, Microsoft will begin the shipments from June 15.
The basic Surface Laptop variant comes with Intel® HD Graphics 620 and an Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake CPU. There is 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM onboard. On the other hand, the high-end variant comes powered by Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 and an Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake CPU, 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM. There is 13.5-inch PixelSense display on both the variants.
All the variants are up for pre-ordering on Microsoft Store US website. The shipping date is more than a month away from today, which means that if you have your heart set on the new Surface Laptop, then you will have to be a little patient. The Surface lineup is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Mac series. Microsft's Surface Pro 4 was pitched against Apple's MacBook Air. Now, the $999 Surface Laptop comes up as the somewhat cheaper alternative to the $1299 MacBook.
On the software side, the Surface Laptop runs Windows 10 S, which is Microsoft's latest version of Windows 10. The Surface Laptop also features Windows Stores, similar to MacBook that has App Store as its main destination for software needs. Even though there is Windows Store for applications on Surface Laptop but users can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free until the end of this year. By upgrading, users would be able to install software from outside the Windows Store on Surface.
Regarding colour options, the Surface Laptop will be available in Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue and Graphite Gold. It is 14.47mm at its thickest side, 9.9mm on the thinnest, and weighs 2.76lbs that makes it easy to carry around.
All said, Microsoft's Surface business is not going hunky dory, the company is struggling to make it a success. There was 26% revenue decline in the sales, last quarter. Rising above the revenue factor, Microsoft says that it still pushing the Surface lineup so as to offer wider alternatives to the buyers against competitors like Apple.
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