New Surface Book and Surface Dial now on sale

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 11 November 2016
New Surface Book and Surface Dial now on sale

Microsoft has announced the availability of its redesigned Surface Book which delivers twice the graphics processing power of the previous model, as well as 16 hours of battery life – 60% more than the new MacBook Pro 13”.

“No comparable laptop has this much computation power, this many pixels and this much battery life, in this light of a form factor,” says Panos Panay, corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices, in a new blog post. “To push this kind of power through the device we overhauled the thermal system and added advanced cooling features to optimise the 6th generation Intel Core i7 processors and an NVIDIA GeForce GPU. No comparable laptop has this much computation power, this many pixels and this much battery life, in this light of a form factor.

“I love the tech behind our products; but what truly inspires me is how people use these devices. People like Hollie Figueroa who uses Surface Book to create games. She takes screenshots of her work and uses the Surface Pen to easily annotate those images on the detached PixelSense display for feedback and bug submissions. She needs the performance of the discrete GPU to run professional-grade software like Unity Editor. Hollie is excited for Surface Book with Performance Base because it brings twice as much graphics performance and longer battery life. She mentioned she was happy to see it still included the ESC and Function keys she relies on for ultimate productivity.

“Or Joel Henry, an ex NASA engineer who now leads a mechanical engineering team at a consulting company. Joel loves his Surface Book because it can run CAD software like Solid Works, but is light and portable enough to do his work from anywhere. Of course, as an engineer he is always looking for even more performance. For him, the Surface Book with Performance Base will allow him to render 3D files faster and smoother.”

Microsoft has also announced the availability of the Surface Dial in the US. The Dial integrates with Windows 10 Global Controls and delivers a set of unique experiences such as app-specific, contextually aware toolbars. “The best way to understand the Dial is to see it in action,” says Panay. “We already have a robust group of partners working to create customised experiences for the Dial in apps such as Bluebeam Revu, Drawboard PDF, Sketchable, Mental Canvas Player, Moho 12, Siemens NX, Spotify, StaffPad, Office and more.

“I truly believe that products are a reflection of the people who make them and the people who use them. With our latest generation of Surface products, we set out to not just give you more of what they asked for, but to capture your imagination in new ways and to inspire the creator in all of us. I can’t wait to see what you will create with these new devices.”

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