Today, Microsoft unveiled its new Surface Laptop - but it wasn't quite as affordable as some had imagined it might be, given its focus on the education sector. The device even comes with Windows 10 S, a new edition of the OS that can only install apps downloaded from the Windows Store, and which was also unveiled at the company's education-focused event today. However, Microsoft will be offering buyers a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro until the end of the year.
Microsoft announced that Surface Laptop pricing would start at $999 for the entry-level model, but it didn't go into much greater detail than that. Now, though, the company has opened pre-orders for the device in the US, revealing prices across the range:
|Processor||RAM||Storage (SSD)||Price||Color options|
|Intel Core i5||4GB||128GB||$999||
|Intel Core i5||8GB||256GB||$1,299||Platinum
|Intel Core i7||8GB||256GB||$1,599||Platinum|
|Intel Core i7||16GB||512GB||$2,199||Platinum|
While most models will begin shipping on June 15, the Intel Core i7 version with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD won't be available until August 15.
During its event today, Microsoft's Panos Panay said that the Surface Laptop would come with "up to 1TB" of storage onboard - but there's no sign of that option on the company's website, with 512GB as the current maximum storage available. However, a Microsoft spokesperson at the event told Neowin that a 1TB model is "coming soon".