Microsoft is announcing the Surface Laptop Studio today, a successor to the Surface Book line of powerful laptops. It presents a total redesign for Microsoft’s flagship laptop, ditching the removable display in favor of one that pulls forward to transform from laptop into tablet (or what Microsoft calls Studio mode).
The most immediate and obvious change to this Surface Book successor is the display and hinge. The 14.4-inch PixelSense display supports up to 120Hz and Dolby Vision. Microsoft is using a new flexible hinge, which it says is durable and allows this laptop to transition between modes much like the larger Surface Studio. The Surface Laptop Studio supports three modes: laptop, stage, and studio.
The laptop mode arranges the display just like a regular laptop, with a full keyboard and a new touchpad with haptics. The stage mode is where things get interesting, as you can pull the display forward to an angle that’s designed for gaming, streaming, or presenting. This will cover the keyboard, and the angle is more suited toward watching Netflix or playing games, touching the display, or using the new Surface Slim Pen 2 for digital inking.
Just like the Surface Pro 8, Microsoft is moving to Thunderbolt 4 on the Surface Laptop Studio. There will be two USB 4 ports with Thunderbolt 4, and the usual Surface Connect charging port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The Thunderbolt support means you can connect the Surface Laptop Studio to multiple 4K displays, use high-speed external storage, or even use an external GPU enclosure to turn this device into a full gaming PC.
Microsoft is also using a precision glass touchpad with haptic feedback on the Surface Laptop Studio, although it’s not immediately clear how the haptic feedback works. Inside, the Surface Laptop Studio will include Intel’s 11th Gen quad-core processors, and even Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti GPU.
Microsoft says the Surface Laptop Studio will be available on October 5th, at the debut of Windows 11.
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Author: Tom Warren
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