MICROSOFT HAS UNVEILED the Surface Studio, an iMac clone that packs a folding 28in touchscreen.
The Surface Studio (bingo!) is Microsoft's take on the desktop PC and has a huge focus on creativity, perhaps unsurprising given Microsoft’s earlier unveiling of the Windows 10 Creator's Update which brings 3D creation smarts to the operating system.
The forged aluminium iMac-esque all-in-one houses a 28in PixelSense touchscreen display, which Microsoft boasts offers 13.5 million pixels, or 63 per cent more than a 4K TV. The monitor itself measures in at a skinny 12.5mm thick, and apparently houses the thinnest display that’s ever been created.
The Studio display offers a feature called TrueColour, enabling creative types to change the colour space, while a tool called True Scale allows the 28in screen to display print products at actual scale.
As expected, the screen can also fold flat(ish) thanks to its zero-gravity hinge, enabling users to doodle on the touchscreen display, or, as Microsoft claims, "turn your desk into a Studio."
Microsoft has also introduced the Surface Dial for interacting with the display, a sort of spinny button that allows you to scroll and interact with the massive touchscreen. For example, when hen the Dial is placed on the Studio's screen, a radial menu pops up around it, allowing you to select different colour or brush options.
Surface Dial will also work with Surface Book, Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 for offscreen functions, Microsoft said.
On the specs front, the Surface Studio packs an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, a 4GB Nvidia GPU, 32GB RAM and a 2TB hybrid hard drive. There’s four USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, Audio, D and Mini DisplayPort connections.
Mimicking the Amazon Echo, the Surface Studio comes with voice control baked-in, allowing you to bark at commands at Cortana from across the room.
The Surface Studio is available to pre-order in the US from today priced at $2,999, but Microsoft has warned that there will be a limited quantity. There's no word on UK availability yet, but given Microsoft's stance on Brexit, it'll likely be around the £10,000 mark.
Microsoft also on Tuesday unveiled an updated version of its Surface Book laptop. The firm says the updated device is the most powerful laptop it, or anyone else, has ever produced, thanks to its Intel i7 processor, redesigned thermal system an additional fan, and boosted 16-hour battery life. µ
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