Microsoft’s Surface Book i7 offers a power and battery boost

Alex Kidman 27 October 2016

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Microsoft’s refresh of its Surface Book bumps up processing and battery power, while the Surface Studio takes a straight shot at Apple’s iMac.

It was widely tipped that Microsoft would announce new Surface devices at its Windows 10 event overnight, but if you were hoping for a new Surface Pro, or indeed a low cost Surface tablet, you’re going to be disappointed. No new Surface Pros for now, it would seem. What Microsoft did show off, however, was an upgraded model of the Surface Book 2-in-1 device, as well as a new Surface Studio desktop PC design.

Microsoft claims the new Surface Book i7 models will be more powerful thanks to the inclusion of 6th generation Intel Core i7 processors and custom Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M GPUs, and will also boast 30% greater battery life than previous models. They can be pre-ordered in Australia from today and will ship from 8 December. Local pricing is set at $3,799 for the entry level 256GB/8GB RAM model, $4,399 for the 512GB/16GB model and $5,199 for the 1TB/16GB RAM version. That’s a little more than the comparative US pricing, which starts at US$2,399, which would imply a price point of around $3,500 for that entry level model.

The Microsoft Surface Book i7 is available for preorder now through Microsoft Store.

Surface Studio takes on the iMac

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Microsoft also made its first move into the all-in-one space with the astonishingly thin Surface Studio desktop. Microsoft’s boast is that it features the world’s thinnest LCD display. It measures 28 inches and runs on Intel’s 6th generation Core processors. At least initially, the Surface Studio will only be available in the US, with expanded availability set for early 2017. US pricing is set to start at US$2,999, which should equate out to around $4,500 locally.

Microsoft also showed off an optional "Surface Dial" peripheral that integrates with the Surface Studio for fast scrolling and zooming functions. It will sell for US$99, or around $150 after currency conversion.

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