Microsoft Announces Surface Book: A High End Convertible Laptop

The biggest surprise from Microsoft’s recent launch event was the announcement of the Surface Book. In the words of Microsoft’s Panos Panay “What if you wanted a Surface — but you wanted a laptop Surface, something with a bigger screen, something with the perfect typing experience of a laptop?”

Well the Surface Book is your solution, it has a traditional looking keyboard so it can sit on your lap fine, but like other devices in the surface range it can work as a tablet too, the screen is completely detachable from the keyboard.

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The specifications are very impressive with a 267 ppi, 13.5-inch display, a sixth-generation Intel Core processor, up to 16GB of RAM and a claimed 12-hour battery. Unlike many other competing laptops, the Surface Book has an option for a NVIDIA GeForce GPU. Panay demonstrated the power of the laptop by playing Gears of War onstage and then immediately editing footage from the game in Adobe Premiere Pro.

It also supports the Microsoft Surface Pen (it's included, actually) and the Surface Pro dock.

Pre-orders have started in the US, but no word on UK availability yet. The product will hit US stores on October 26th, starting at $1,499 (for the 128GB/8GB Core i5, Intel HD graphics configuration) to $2,699.00 (512GB/16GB, Core i7, NVIDIA GPU).

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Microsoft announces Surface Pro 4

Microsoft held its major launch event yesterday with several new devices announced.

The first up is the launch of the Surface Pro 4. The surface line has been a big success for Microsoft and they are generally regarded as the best hybrids on the market.

The Surface Pro 4 looks pretty much the same as last year but it's thinner at 8.4 mm and sports a larger 12.3-inch display.

The new display uses something Microsoft called PixelSense technology with the thinnest optical stack on a screen that pushes over 5 million pixels with over 267 ppi. It also supports 1,024 levels of pressure with the new pen (which now sports an eraser) that attaches magnetically to the new Surface. The Surface itself has up to 16GB of RAM and up to an impressive 1TB of storage. A sixth-generation Core Intel processor (up to a Core i7) runs the entire thing. The new CPU helps make the Pro 4 30% faster than last year’s model.

The accessories have also been revamped with the Touch Cover being thinner, lighter and having a trackpad that is 40% larger. The keys also have more space between them and better travel, giving it more of a proper keyboard feel.

A new dock is also available with USB 3.0 ports, two 4K DisplayPorts and Ethernet and like the new Type Cover will work with the Surface Pro 3.

No word on UK pricing but it will start at $899 and should be released on October 26th

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LG V10 Dual Screen Android Smartphone Announced

LG have gone off on a bit of a tangent with the announcement of the new LG V10 Smartphone. The new device is similar to the G4 inside but has two five-megapixel cameras front cameras and 2 screens.

The extra display is right above the 5.7-inch QHD main display, but works separately, it is an ultra-thin display that basically acts as your status bar. You'll be able to keep it on constantly to show weather, time date and battery status “without impacting battery life”, according to LG. Turn on the entire phone however, and you can then use that top display for app shortcuts even when you're in the midst of another app — or anywhere that's not the home screen

Moving onto the selfie cameras, one has a standard 80-degree field of view, while the other has 120. Self-portraiture can come in two flavours: the standard 80-degree kind, or the cram-everyone-in 120-degree option which stitches the two images together. (The lenses are apparently “just far enough apart to provide two different points of view”).

Just as the G4 the V10 has a removable a 3,000 mAh battery, a Snapdragon 808 processor, and the same 16-megapixel rear camera. They have also kept the micro-SD slot. The only real difference is a bump in the RAM from 3GB to 4GB.

The V10 will be available in five colours — black, white, beige, and two different blues — and will come in one storage variant (64GB).

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