Microsoft reveals Surface Book and new Lumia smartphones

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Microsoft revealed its latest product range designed to run on its Windows 10 operating system at a presentation in New York yesterday evening.

The tech giant appears to be holding no punches as it revealed its first 2-in-1 notebook, the Surface Book. The notebook has a 13.5-inch display which boasts a 3 000 x 2 000 pixel resolution. The resolution struck us as odd as most resolutions are based on multiples of native VGA resolution, 680 x 480 pixels. Despite this odd number we like the inclusion of a high resolution display

The first ever Microsoft notebook, The Surface Book.

According to Ars Technica the Surface Book will come in three iterations featuring a sixth generation Intel Core i5, 8GB of memory and either a 128GB or 256GB PCIe solid state drive. A more powerful version of the Surface Book will house an Intel Core i7 and 512GB of storage space and 16GB of memory.

The Surface Book also has the ability to detach from the keyboard at the press of a button and become a tablet, albeit a rather large one.

Pricing for the Surface Book starts at $1 499 (R20 228) for the entry level model and the powerhouse with the Core i7 will retail for a staggering $2 699 (R36 422). The Surface Book will go on sale in the US later this month.

Lumia 950 and 950 XL

After acquiring Nokia mobile last year for $7.2 billion and consequently having to shed a number of jobs Microsoft absolutely needs to make in roads in the mobile market.

The Lumia 950 series may provide his avenue for the company. Microsoft’s Lumia 950 will reportedly have a 5.2-inch OLED display and a 6-core processor. A much larger version, the Lumia 950 XL will house an 8-core processor chip beneath a 5.7-inch OLED display. Both versions of the smartphone will ship with a base internal storage of 32GB.

The Lumia 950 series can be your workstation when using Continuum

A 20MP Pureview camera is found at the back of both new Lumia smartphones and a 5MP wide angle camera is housed at the front.

Both of these new smartphones will be running Windows 10 which makes them perfect for Microsoft Continuum.

Microsoft Continuum lets users connect to a monitor through an adapter that allows a keyboard and mouse connection as well. The technology will essentially let you turn your smartphone into your desktop computer provided you are able to pay $100 (R1 349) for the connector.

Of course this means that the battery needs to be quite large. Microsoft has covered that by fitting the 950 with a 3 000mAh removable battery and the 950 XL with a 3340mAh removable battery to account for the larger screen.

The Lumia 950 will be priced at $550 (R7 422) while the 950 XL will be slightly more expensive at $650 (R8 771). The smartphones are expected to be available from November.

Microsoft also revealed the latest Surface Pro 4 tablet which will boast a 12.3-inch display and house Intel’s sixth generation Core M or Core i processors.

A new stylus with 1 024 pressure levels, a backlit Type Cover keyboard, touchpad and fingerprint reader which will all pair with the Surface Pro 4 were announced as well.

The Surface Pro 4 will cost $899 (R12 131) when it goes on sale later this month.

[Source – Microsoft]

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.