Top-of-the-Line Surface Laptop and Tablet Go on Sale
Along with new 1TB, Intel Core i7 versions of the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, Microsoft releases a flashier version of the Surface Pen stylus.Microsoft announced Jan. 22 that it has started selling 1TB versions of its Surface Book two-in-one laptop and Surface Pro 4 tablet in the United States and Canada. Apart from the added storage capacity—up from 512GB—both feature a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 "Skylake" processor and 16GB of system memory. On the Surface Book Pro, the 1TB model ships with a discrete graphical processing unit (GPU) in the keyboard portion of the device. When Microsoft announced the Surface Book during October's Windows 10 device event in New York City, the company not only surprised attendees by unveiling its first laptop, but also by revealing that select models would ship with additional hardware-based graphics acceleration. Supplementing the standard Intel HD 520 graphics and housed in the device's base, an optional Nvidia GeForce GPU with 1GB of GDDR5 memory improves performance in 3D and graphically intense workloads. "This new Surface Book will be available online-only via Microsoft Stores and other select retailers. The new Surface Pro 4 will be available in Microsoft stores and through select retailers," said the Microsoft Devices team in a Jan. 22 announcement.
The 1TB Surface Book Pro model sells for $3,199 with an estimated ship date of Feb. 5. The 1TB version of the Surface Pro 4 costs $2,699 and is available now.