The Microsoft Surface Book, the tech giant’s first venture into laptops, created quite a stir when it was announced a few weeks ago. The company didn’t reveal by how much the fully decked out version would set buyers back at the time, but has now listed the model with a whopping $3199 price tag.
It’s unexpected given the $1499 value attached to the basic variant of the Microsoft Surface Book. If you’re wondering what the ultimate version flaunts which the others don’t, it’s simply that it has a 1TB SSD drive, 16GB of RAM, a 6th gen Intel core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.
On the other hand, the basic model has a 128GB SSD drive, Intel core i5 SoC and 8GB of RAM. The laptop-tablet hybrid has a total of 6 variants with different specifications for each. The $3199 unit will probably end up costing consumers more after taxes, so anyone interested in buying it is probably going to end up footing a $3500 bill.
Comparisons to the MacBook Pro are inevitable, as the fully equipped version of the laptop also goes for $3199. It comes with a 15-inch Retina display, 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage, 16GB of RAM and an Intel Core i7 CPU. Microsoft seems to be directly pitting itself against the Apple gadget; a bold move given the Surface Book is its first laptop.
Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Book at a glance:
– Display: 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen, 2000 x 3000 pixels
– OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
– Storage: 1TB SSD
– RAM: 16GB
– CPU: Intel core i7
– GPU: NVIDIA GeForce
– Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front
– Battery Life: 12 hours
– Weight: 1576g
– Dimensions: 232.1 x 312.3 x 13 – 22.8mm
– Connectivity: Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 port, SD card reader, mini DisplayPort
You can pre-order the Microsoft Surface Book here. Don’t expect it to arrive soon though, as heavy demand means the laptop will only begin shipping in 7 to 8 weeks.