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Microsoft introduces Surface Laptop Studio to its notebook lineup

Last night Microsoft held its Surface event to showcase new hardware designed with the release of Windows 11 in mind. The event did not serve up any real surprises, but did offer up a new form factor for its notebooks in the form of the Surface Laptop Studio.

Those familiar with Surface products will recognise that this notebook borrows inspiration from an all-in-one device that Microsoft revealed a few years ago, utilising a similar hinge design to convert it from notebook to tablet mode.

It is not a wholly new design concept, with other Microsoft OEMs offering up their own takes on the hinge.

“Built as the ideal product for developers, creative pros, designers and gamers, bringing you the power of a desktop, the portability of a laptop and a creative studio all in one,” reads the description of the device on the Windows blog.

“Surface Laptop Studio features a new ultra-durable Dynamic Woven Hinge, allowing it to transition from one mode to another seamlessly,” it adds.

Other elements include a 14.4″ PixelSense touch display, haptic touchpad for more sensitive feedback and a housing for the Surface Slim Pen 2 that also charges the stylus.

As for the internal specification options, up to an 11th Gen Intel Core H35 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs will be on offer depending on the region. Added to this is up to a 2TB SSD, 32GB LPDDR4x RAM and up to 19 hours of battery according to Microsoft’s claims, but this is processor dependent.

Pre-orders for the Surface Laptop Studio are already available Stateside, starting at $1 599.99 (~R23 705). Much like last week’s iPhone 13 lineup, local availability and pricing is yet to be confirmed.

Given the speed of previous Surface device releases in SA, we may have to wait until next year to find out if the new Laptop Studio will land locally.

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