Microsoft is adding laptop computers to its range of tablet and phone hardware, bringing it into head on competition with Apple.
It's called the Surface Book and, packed inside a machined magnesium body, looks as though it is designed to take on the Macbook Pro 13".
The new Surface Book, running Windows 10, has a dynamic fulcrum hinge that opens the 13.5" detachable PixelSense Display with 6 million pixels at 267 dots per inch. So it can be used as a computer screen, tablet or even clipboard with the accompanying pen.
Inside is a sixth generation Intel Core processor which, alongside its accelerated graphics thanks to a NIVIDIA GeForce graphics processing unit (GPU) with high speed GDDR5 memory, packs quite a wallop. It can have up to 16GB o RAM and 1TB of storage installed too. There's 2 USB 3.0 slots on the left hand side alongside a full sized SD card slot. There's an integrated backlit keyboard and precision glass trackpad has five point multi touch functionality.
Also announced was the Surface Pro 4, the tablet that Microsoft built to replace your laptop. The new model, running Windows 10 Pro, is thinner, lighter and faster than the three models that went before it. It's only 8.4mm thick with a 12.3" PixelSense 5 million pixel display with an 8 million pixel front facing camera. Its all year pen battery life is capable of 1024 levels of pressure and attaches to the Surface Pro 4 magnetically. The five point multi touch trackpad is 40 per cent bigger and the laptop class keyboard is the thinnest and quietest yet, Microsoft boasts. Its sixth generation Intel Core processor is cooled with a hybrid liquid cooling system and works with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
Microsoft also announced a new line of Lumia Phones – the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL – which will run Windows 10 like a PC. And the Lumia 550, an affordable alternative.
Other releases include:
Microsoft Band 2 – the new Band can help you live healthier and achieve more with a new curved screen, a barometer, and apps for email, text, running, biking, the gym, and golf.
Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition – designed to help Windows developers mix holograms into their world.
Xbox One – With an upcoming update bringing Windows 10 to Xbox One, backward compatibility, hot games, all new bundles and the most advanced controller we've ever created for Xbox One and Windows 10.
"Last month, our device partners built more Windows devices than they ever have before in the history of Windows and since launch, we've been excited to see share increases for Windows at retail," said Microsoft in a blog.
"And over the next couple of weeks, we'll be joining some of our partners around the globe as they unveil their holiday device lineup, with great new devices from Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba, and more. Our partners have built some amazing new devices – and we have an exciting few weeks ahead of us as they unveil."
"With the depth and breadth of Windows 10 devices coming this holiday and beyond, from low cost budget PCs to premium and elegantly designed high performance hardware, we hope you'll consider a Windows 10 device from Microsoft or our partners."