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Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio: Dual-hinged Surface Book replacement revealed

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The Surface Book is back, but it’s got a new name for 2021 as well as an intriguing new design

Microsoft has just launched four new Surface devices, encompassing the full breadth of its laptop offering. The brand-new Surface Laptop Studio sits atop everything, both in terms of power and price, yet it also hopes to replace the six-year-old Surface Book lineup as well.

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Hailed as the most powerful Microsoft laptop yet, the Surface Laptop Studio combines the form factor of a bog-standard clamshell laptop with the hinged canvas design of Microsoft’s Surface Studio desktop PC. What this means, essentially, is that the Laptop Studio’s 14.4in, 120Hz, 2,400 x 1,600 touchscreen can be pulled away from the keyboard and rotated flat, to be used as a writing/drawing canvas when paired with Microsoft’s new Surface Slim Pen 2 stylus.

To be clear, the Surface Laptop Studio’s screen can’t be detached from the keyboard as it could with the Surface Book. This dual-hinged design is quite clearly geared towards creative types, with 10-point touch support and “true-to-life” colours – those are Microsoft’s words, not mine.

Inside, you’ll find an 11th-gen Intel Core i5-11300H processor or i7-11370H, with either 16GB or 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM. An Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti with 4GB of GPU memory handles graphics-processing duties, and you’re able to configure storage all the way up to a 2TB SSD, depending on how much money you have at your disposal. Microsoft promises up to 19 hours of battery life as well.

Obviously, the Surface Laptop Studio is the bellwether of Microsoft’s own fleet of Windows 11 devices. The flag-bearer of the latest version of its PC operating system, which is due for release on 5 October, Microsoft hopes that the Surface Laptop Studio will serve as an indication of what to expect from Windows 11 laptops in the coming years.

Of course, none of this will come cheap. We’re yet to hear any official prices from Microsoft’s own mouth, but there’s a good chance that the Surface Laptop Studio will not only be Microsoft’s most powerful laptop yet, but also its most expensive when it’s released later this year.

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