Microsoft expands portfolio of Surface devices

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 27 October 2016
Microsoft expands portfolio of Surface devices

Microsoft has expanded its portfolio of Surface devices by introducing Surface Studio (pictured), Surface Dial and a more powerful Surface Book.

Surface Studio features a 28-inch PixelSense Display on what Microsoft claims is the world’s thinnest LCD monitor and can quickly be transformed from a workstation into a powerful digital canvas using the Zero Gravity Hinge. When in Studio Mode, the screen sits at a 20-degree angle, the same angle as a standard drafting board, making it ideal for sketching, writing and designing.

The device is powered by a 6th Generation Intel Core processors accelerated by a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GPU, enabling it to run programmes such as Siemens PLM’s NX software. This will enable architects to sketch their ideas with the Surface Pen, put them into production using 3D modelling software, and review and mark up plans with a client, all on Surface Studio.

Surface Studio can also be enhanced with Surface Dial, a new peripheral designed to help users scroll, zoom and navigate their Surface screen more intuitively. The dial is placed directly on the screen and it then brings up a set of digital tools specific to the app that is open, allowing users to seamlessly move between tasks.

Microsoft has also introduced three new Surface Book models with Performance Base, which have 16 hours of battery life. The device also features 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processors and has more than twice the graphics processing power as the original Surface Book. This will enable designers and engineers to develop 3D computer-aided design models with thousands of parts, and render large files quickly.

Business users and consumers in the US can pre-order Surface Studio in Microsoft Stores, via MicrosoftStore.com and BestBuy.com. Microsoft will begin shipping limited quantities of the Surface Studio soon and they will be available more widely from early 2017.

Meanwhile, Surface Dial will be available in the US from 10 November. Surface Book with Performance Base will be available from select retailers in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand from the same date.

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