Microsoft’s Windows 10 device event – Everything you need to know about the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and more

Microsoft’s big press event in New York today revealed a slew of new hardware, including its first laptop, the Microsoft Surface Book.

Microsoft Surface Book

The Surface Book is a 13.5in, 267ppi laptop with prices starting at $1499. This is a device with difference though – the screen can be removed so it can be used as a tablet, or flipped over to cover the keyboard. The body, of machined magnesium, has a premium look and feel.

Inside the Surface Book are the latest Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, coupled to an Nvidia GeForce GPU with GDDR5. However, interestingly the GPU is in the base, which means when the keyboard is detached your graphics power will be much more constrained. Clearly, this is a machine meant to be used as a laptop first and foremost, with occasional use as a tablet.


Surface Book isn’t cheap, however. The lowest-cost version is $1499, with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. There are four other models in the range, going up to a whopping $2699 for an i7, 512GB storage and 16GB RAM.

Microsoft Surface Book specs

Operating System 

Windows 10 Pro 



Laptop: 9.14 x 12.3 x 0.51-0.90 inches (232.1 x 312.3 x 13.0-22.8 mm) 

Tablet only: 8.67 x 12.3 x 0.30 inches (220.2 x 312.3 x 7.7 mm) 



Laptop: Non-GPU: 3.34 lbs. (1515 g), GPU: 3.48 lbs. (1579 g) 

Tablet only: 1.6 lbs. (726 g) 


Mechanical features: Magnesium body, Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge, One-button Muscle Wire detach mechanism 

Color: Silver 

Physical clipboard buttons: power, volume 


Solid-state drive (SSD) PCIe 3.0: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB1 


Screen: 13.5-inch PixelSense™ Display 

Resolution: 3000×2000 (267 ppi)  

Contrast ratio: 1800:1 

Aspect ratio: 3:2  

100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated 

Touch: 10-point multitouch 


6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 or Core™ i7 


Intel® HD graphics 520 and optional NVIDIA® GeForce® Graphics Processor with dedicated 1GB GDDR5 high-speed memory 


8 GB or 16 GB RAM 

Keyboard & Trackpad 

Full-size, integrated backlit keyboard with 1.6mm key travel 


Precision trackpad with glass laminated trackpad (7,350 sq. mm) 

Five-finger contact recognition with full Windows 10 support  

Subpixel resolution  


TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security 


Surface Pen 

1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity  

Magnetic storage 


802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible 

Bluetooth 4.0 LE wireless technology 


Up to 12 hours battery life for video playback3  


Windows Hello5 face-authentication camera (front-facing) 

8.0MP rear-facing auto-focus camera, with 1080p HD camera 

5.0MP front-facing 1080p HD camera 


Dual microphones, front- and rear-facing 

Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® audio 


Two full-size USB 3.0 

Full-size SD™ card reader (UHS-II performance) 

Surface Connect for power and docking (base and clipboard) 

Stereo headphones/microphone jack 

Mini DisplayPort 


Ambient light sensor 




Power supply 

36W power supply with USB charging port 

65W power supply with USB charging port (discrete GPU SKU) 

In the box 

Surface Book 

Surface Pen 

Power supply 

Quick Start Guide 

Safety and warranty documents 


One-year limited hardware warranty6

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