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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