Microsoft Debuts Surface Pro 4, Surface Book Laptop
As expected, Microsoft showed off its up follow-up to the Surface Pro 3, but surprised tech watchers by also unveiling the company's first-ever laptop.NEW YORK—Microsoft hosted a media event here this morning to unveil a new Windows 10 hardware lineup, including a new high-end Surface tablet and the company's first laptop. "Surface is the iconic Microsoft device for people who want to be productive," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, on stage. "In just three years, Surface has grown from a zero-dollar business for Microsoft to over three-and-a-half billion dollars a year." To keep the momentum going, the company unveiled the thinner and lighter Surface Pro 4 with a slightly larger screen and a two-in-one laptop called the Surface Book. Surface Pro 4 is the follow-up to the Redmond, Wash., technology giant's successful, productivity-focused Surface Pro 3 tablet first introduced in May 2014. "This product is thinner—it is the thinnest, most powerful [Intel] Core PC ever shipped, by far," said Panos Panay, Microsoft's hardware lead. It measures 11.5 inches by 7.93 inches by 0.33 inches, or 8.4mm, thick.
"We went from 9.1mm to 84mm. The only reason we stopped there was to make sure you had the full power of the USB 3.0 port," said Panay. Though the Surface Pro 4 now cuts a thinner profile, its screen size has been bumped from 12 inches to 12.3 inches with a resolution of 2,736 pixels by 1,824 pixels and a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch (PPI). In an Apple Retina-like move, Microsoft now refers to its screen technology—display, touch and pen input—as PixelSense.