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Microsoft Surface Laptop release date, specs, price and more

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Microsoft has announced a brand new Windows-powered notebook called the Surface Laptop. Here's everything you need to know, including the Surface Laptop release date, specs, and price in the UK and US.

At an event in New York City on May 2, Microsoft revealed the Surface Laptop, a new device aimed at taking on Apple's MacBook Air. The laptop runs on a new, lighter version of Windows called Windows 10 S that was also announced today – a clear shot at devices running on Google’s Chrome OS

Microsoft Surface Laptop Release Date and Price

Microsoft confirmed that the Surface Laptop is available to pre-order right now, with in-store availability and delivery scheduled for June 15, 2017. The basic model of the Surface Laptop will cost £979 in the UK and $999 in the USA. The most expensive model costs £2,149 in the UK and $2,199 in the USA.

You can find specific pricing information for each configuration further down this page.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop specs and design

"Students are asking for a laptop. They’re asking for a Surface Laptop,” said Panos Panay, CVP of Microsoft Surface, describing the thin-and-light ultrabook, which features a 7th-generation Intel Core processor (i5 and i7 options available) and a screen with 3.4 million pixels. He added that the Surface laptop is "50% faster than the MacBook Air".

The Surface Laptop features a 13.5-inch PixelSense LCD touchscreen display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. It weighs just 2.76 pounds, and boasts a tapered design that ranges from 9.9mm at the front to 14.47mm at the back.

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Microsoft is claiming an incredible 14.5-hour battery life, and revealed that the top-spec model includes a 1TB PCIe solid state drive. The basic version comes with an Intel Core i5 (7th-gen) CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD.

Here are the configuration options:

Microsoft Surface Laptop:

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4

Processor Intel Core i5

Intel Core i5

Intel Core i7

Intel Core i7

Storage 128GB SSD

256GB SSD

256GB SSD

512GB SSD

RAM 4GB 8GB 8GB 16GB
Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 620

Intel HD Graphics 620

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640

Colour Platinum Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Graphite Gold

Platinum Platinum
Price

£979 / $999

£1,249 / $1,299

£1,549 / $1,599

£2,149 / $2,199

You can pick up the Surface Laptop in a range of attractive colours that includes Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold. It also features an Alcantara-covered keyboard, and sports a USB port, a Surface power connector, and a mini DisplayPort – but there’s no USB Type C connection, unfortunately.

There aren't any visible speaker grilles or holes; instead, the sound is integrated beneath the keyboard so that audio is projected vertically from behind the keys.

“This is our complete solution for education,” said Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive VP of Windows and Devices.

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The whole Surface Laptop and Windows 10S proposition is a clear attempt for Microsoft to reduce Google's and Apple's dominance in the education market.

With Chrome OS, Google has been able to gain massive market share using Chromebook devices, which are typically quick, attractive, and very reasonably priced. With Windows 10 S, Microsoft will be able to better compete using third-party manufacturers who will license out the technology onto their own devices.

Meanwhile, the Surface Laptop will provide a way for Microsoft to attract customers who would normally purchase a MacBook Air. Devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Book don't necessarily tick that box, given their lofty pricing and high-spec hardware.

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At the event, Microsoft made much of the usefulness of both Windows 10 S and the Surface Laptop in terms of education, promising that cheaper and lighter hardware and software offerings would help “democratise” tech in schools.

"Technology should help not hinder teacher’s work in the classroom. Teachers have constant demands on their time,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “This is a top priority we are focused on at Microsoft.”

He said Microsoft’s new software was designed “so teachers spend less time focused on technology, and more time doing what they love doing: inspiring students”.

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What do you think of the new Surface Laptop? Let us know in the comments?

Jack Smith

May 2, 2017, 10:50 am

Have to hand it to MS that they get the threat of Chromebooks and not sitting on their thumbs. But I have now purchased several CB for my kids and they are a far better user experience, IMO.

Been fighting an issue with one of my boys Win 10 machines he uses for gaming. Try to shut down and it indicates updating 1 of 3 and do not turn off. Then 12 hours later still indicates the same thing. What do I do? This is a horrible user experience for people.

CB updates transparently and you never even know. Would never, ever have such a message as the Windows box. Google has two copies of boot image where one updates while the other runs and then when you boot you get the new one without even knowing as it should be.

Now with Android apps on CBs it makes them that much more attractive. I suspect Google is going to go after software development next with the CBs.

Fiatlux

May 2, 2017, 3:14 pm

What about availability date and price?

And since when do Full HD screens have 3.4 million pixels?

Nige F

May 2, 2017, 3:15 pm

The title of this article is "Microsoft Surface Laptop release date, specs, price and more" but the bit about the price seems to be missing :-)

Sean Keach

May 2, 2017, 3:18 pm

Sorry, was mid update! You'll find it there now :)

Mark Roberts-Barter

May 2, 2017, 3:32 pm

I think the fact that you have referred to your children as "boys" probably means that they aren't the target age for this device. ChromeOS is not an ideal platform for college and university age students, because of the relative paucity of applications with an educational focus. Windows has over 20 years of educational software development for the platform, and I know teachers who are still using content that was developed over a decade ago. You should watch the announcement video, though. Your criticisms may have been addressed by the announcement of Windows 10 S.

jimmy

May 2, 2017, 4:12 pm

£1000 for a windows lite laptop?! no thanks!
you can get full fat windows ultrabooks for less than that. And as for taking on Chromebooks, not a hope at that price.
Not sure who would choose this over a Surface Pro 4/(5 when it updates).

JG Dynamo

May 2, 2017, 4:30 pm

did you even read the article? $999 for a well specified i5 laptop. Windows 10S is an OS for devices to have installed to bring them in at the sub £200 mark, just like Chromebooks

jimmy

May 2, 2017, 4:39 pm

yes I did read it, or I wouldn't comment.
it's not an overly well specified i5 laptop compared to the competition. It's pretty average ultrabook spec, but with a cut back Windows OS. Hence the comment, why would you choose this over similar or cheaper full fat Windows models?
And as for the £200 comment, where is that written? You have no idea how much those devices will cost. If Microsoft wanted to make a statement and grab market share it would bring it's own device in at a competitive point. This isn't going to tempt anyone. Too expensive, just like the Surface Book.

CAIO MARIOZ

May 2, 2017, 4:48 pm

Which core i5-i7? 15W or 28Watt like the more powerful MacBook Pro 13?
4GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD LOL my 700$ smartphone is better XD
No thunderbolt 2 or 3, no USB C, non USB 3.1, no SD card....
No windows 10 Pro.... bah

dquilon

May 2, 2017, 4:55 pm

People who talk about the Surface Book being "too expensive" make me laugh...

Yes, they are quite expensive devices, but they also are cheaper for what they offer compared to the MacBook Pro counterparts...

I bought my Surface Book this past November and it was the 1st gen. It has an i7, 16 GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD and the 1GB NVidia gpu. It cost me $ 2200. (Also the Pen is included, retail value of $60)

At the same time, my sister got her MacBook Pro 13" with Touchbar, i7, 16 GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD for $ 2300...

The Surface Book with Performance base would have been more expensive than the 13" MacBook Pro but not so if you compare it to the 15".
And with the 13" you will have the top of the line Iris graphic, which beat the HD found on the Clipboard part of my Surface, but the dGPU beats Iris when I have it attached to the base.

In my opinion, the value is about the same that you would get if you buy an Apple device... the quality is top notch and the configuration is also great.

If my sister wanted to do something similar with her ecosystem, she would need to get an iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the whole package would set her back about $3500.

jimmy

May 2, 2017, 5:06 pm

I'm not comparing it to Apple products, because you are either in one ecosystem or the other. If you are already invested in Apple, you won't have any interest in this regardless of price. And comparing this to the biggest rip off overpriced company on the planet to make an argument on value is quite amusing.
I'm comparing this to existing Windows ultrabooks that have higher specs for less money, because that is the direct competition. They also have full fat Windows 10 which will let you do anything and have none of the restrictions of Windows RT - Sorry, windows 10s, same thing though.
Seriously, who will spend £1000 on an underpowered (compared to other similar priced laptops) laptop that won't even let them install their own software?!
I can understand a student at £200 to just use Office online, but not at this price.

Christopher Lim

May 2, 2017, 5:32 pm

There is an SD Card Slot... right?

Christopher Lim

May 2, 2017, 5:33 pm

Try a Mac. There's always that.

CAIO MARIOZ

May 2, 2017, 5:33 pm

No that is the Surface Connect Port

Albin

May 2, 2017, 5:49 pm

It's obviously catch up time with Chrome / Android clamshells - what's surprising to me is no noise at all from Apple, that already has a huge app ecosystem for its proprietary Store. Don't know why it didn't launch an iOS laptop, like yesterday. It's not as though its Mac line is booming sales.

Bugblatter

May 2, 2017, 7:06 pm

And then it doesn't do well enough and MS cans Windows 10S like it did Windows RT.

MS can iterate but it can't innovate. I've been waiting a long time for them to prove me wrong and I don't think this is the idea to do it.

Epicurus_P

May 2, 2017, 8:03 pm

I'm a bit confused. So is the SurfaceBook finished or is this another line? If it is another line, what's the difference between this and the SurfaceBook?

Edit - oh it's to compete with Macbook Air AND Chromebooks? Aren't these extremely different products? And the specs/price suggests it's more of an Air comparison than Chromebook. Who would pay this much for a Chromebook alternative?

I have an SP3 and looking to buy an SP5 when released before anyone accuses me of being an Apple fan. I just don't see the market for this product.

Paul

May 2, 2017, 8:16 pm

smells like a mac book pro victory

Arun Pegler

May 2, 2017, 8:20 pm

Windows S cannot run MatLab because MatLab isn't on the Windows store. I don't think this Windows S will appeal to many students since students also like to run chrome. I hope one can install windows 10 pro on this to justify the hefty price tag!

Graham Spearing

May 2, 2017, 8:23 pm

Both my eldest have gone, or are going, through University using a Chromebook and quite successfully. Sociology and Biological Sciences. Collaborative working using Google Docs, Slides and Sheets. Not as high powered as other office suites but just fine for higher education workhorse devices.

The American experience demonstrates that Chromebooks are an excellent device and, crucially, affordable.

I can see this laptop as a high end competitor to Apple products, but MS don't appear to know how to compete with Chromebooks.

Rollo

May 2, 2017, 8:31 pm

Apparently you can upgrade any Win 10S laptop to 10 Pro for free as a student/teacher, or for a one time fee of $49 for everyone else

Jason McMinn

May 2, 2017, 8:44 pm

Well you can alway buy a nice fat Dell laptop for cheap if cheap is all you care about.

dquilon

May 2, 2017, 9:34 pm

You DO know that you can upgrade to the regular version of Windows with these new devices?

your point is completely lost.

RT was atrocious but this "rebranding" has something interesting to entice students... it is upgradeable, and while the Windows Store is still crap, its relatively better than 4 years ago.

I agree that this is absolutely NOT for many, and definitely not for me... I am a professional and when I was a student I actually had good devices with full capabilities.... However, these offerings are meant to inspire OEMs to make similar devices.

The Surface line became a success the moment you started seeing copycats such as Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, etc because that was its purpose all along.

This new Windows 10S will compete with Chromebooks and the restrictions exist on both systems... and the devices that will carry it will be cheap ones just like most Chromebooks....

However take a look at the price of launch of the Chromebook Pixel and compare it with this. They are reference devices, not mass adoption.

What I do like is having the OS developer, create the hardware of my device as well... so I dont have to jump through hoops with different companies when I have an issue.

I love my Surface Book and for what I use it, it already paid itself.

LeeTronix

May 2, 2017, 9:40 pm

Maybe its just my opinion, but I think there is no competition with the Chromebooks at all. In fact I think maybe MSFT should concentrate more on their phone hardware and market share and when that takes starts to take shape if ever then they could move forward with this Windows 10s. As for Apple well their greed and arrogance is finally catching up with them and will be their downfall. They are becoming less the tech company of choice now.

toboev

May 3, 2017, 5:52 am

But at least when MS does can 10s (does that look awfully like i0S?) you can bail into Win10Pro for £50, or - if they have any decency - for free?

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