Microsoft announced a ton of new products this morning but the ones that really matter are the Surface Book 4, the new version of its slate tablet, and the Surface Book, the company's first ever laptop. We take a closer look at the two devices and how much it will cost you to buy them in Australia.
The Microsoft Surface tablet's initial launch was marred by mixed reviews and underwhelming sales, but later iterations of the device has gained traction particularly in the business sector. Microsoft is looking to continue this momentum with the Surface Book 4. It's less than 1cm thick (8.4mm to be precise), it uses a 12.3-inch PixelSense display and comes in variations using either the Intel Core M, Core i5 or Core i7 processors.
But one of the biggest drawcard for the Surface Pro 4 is that it's 50 percent more powerful than the MacBook Air, according to Microsoft. It also comes with up to 16GB of memory and up to 1TB of storage. If you're happy to part with a huge chunk of cash, you can also whack in an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.
Now for the Surface Book. It's a 13.5-inch 2-in-1 laptop that can be detached from its curious-looking hinge to be used as a tablet. It come with either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor with up to 12 hours battery life. Like the Surface Pro 4, it too features a PixelSense screen for a high-contrast 267 dpi display. A discrete GPU is optional for those who want to ramp up the device's graphics capabilities.
According to Microsoft Australia, the Surface Pro 4 should have a retail price starting from $1349. The Surface Book should start from $2299. These prices may change once the products are officially launched in Australia and the exact cost also depends on the configuration you want.
You can preorder the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book from today from the Microsoft Online store and they'll be available from November 12.