Microsoft has unveiled the newest editions to their surface family, Surface Studio, Surface Dial, and Surface Book with Performance Base. The new devices are aimed to cater to the needs of creatives, across professions like design, architecture, and photography. The Iris has the low-down on the specs and prices.
The Surface Studio is designed to effortlessly adjust at each stage of the creative process, it features a 20-degree angle studio mode that makes it perfect for use as a drafting board, for sketching, writing and designing.
- 28-Inch PixelSense Display 13.5 million pixels
- 6th Gen Intel Core processor
- NVIDIA GeForce GPU
- True-to-life colour
- Zero Gravity Hinge
- 20-degree angle studio mode
Price & Release: $2,999 Estimated Retail price (USD). Available for pre-orders in the U.S. through Microsoft Stores and Bestbuy, to begin shipping in limited quantities this Holiday and early 2017.
Surface Book with Performance Base
The Surface Book with Performance Base boasts being the most powerful laptop in its class. The three new Surface Book models seem to be made especially with engineers, designers, developers and gamers in mind.
- 6TH Generation Intel Core i7
- 256GB, 512GB and 1TB Hard-drive options
- 16-hour battery life
- Twice the graphics processing power as Original Surface Book
Release & Price: Surface Book with Performance base is available to pre-order in Australia through the flagship Microsoft Store, Sydney, and selected retailers from December 8.
Australian Prices are as follows:
- Surface Book 256GB (i7, 8GB) at AUD 3,799
- Surface Book 512GB (i7, 16GB) at AUD 4,399
- Surface Book 1TB (i7, 16GB) at AUD 5,199
The Surface Dial is a brand new peripheral device that integrates with Windows 10 to work with Surface. It offers an intuitive way to scroll, zoom and navigate. When placed on a screen, the ground-breaking device brings up a set off tools specific to the app that is open. This creates a whole new experience for artists allowing them to change colour and brush size as they paint, without moving from the screen.
In addition to the surface announcements, Microsoft has announced an update to Windows 10 Creators that will enable creation and sharing in mixed reality and 3D with Paint 3D. It has also announced an exciting integration with Xbox One, which will allow interactive broadcasting, and viewing of gameplay on Xbox Live.
The Creators update will also bring 3D and Inking capabilities to Office apps, Word, Excel and Powerpoint over the next year.