Microsoft today announced the launch of the Surface Laptop Studio, which is the successor to the Surface Book series of powerful laptops. It has completely redesigned Microsoft’s flagship laptop, abandoning the detachable display, and instead adopts a display that can be pulled forward, from a laptop to a tablet (or Microsoft calls it the Studio Studio Mode).
The most direct and obvious change of this Surface Studio is the display and hinge. The 14.4-inch PixelSense display supports up to 120Hz and Dolby Vision. Microsoft is using a new flexible hinge, which says it is durable and allows the laptop to switch between different modes, just like the larger Surface Studio. Surface Laptop Studio supports three modes: laptop, entertainment mode, and studio.
In the notebook mode, the display is arranged in the same way as a normal notebook, with a complete keyboard and a new touchpad with tactile sense. Entertainment mode is where things get interesting because you can pull the display forward to an angle, which is designed for games, streaming or presentations. This will cover the keyboard, and this angle is more suitable for watching Netflix or playing games, touching the display, or using the new Surface Slim Pen 2 for digital ink writing.
Microsoft will use the Thunderbolt 4 interface on Surface Studio. There will be two USB 4 ports with Thunderbolt 4, as well as the usual Surface Connect charging port and 3.5 mm headphone jack. Supporting Thunderbolt means that you can connect Surface Laptop Studio to multiple 4K displays, use high-speed external storage, and even use an external GPU chassis to turn this device into a complete gaming PC.
Microsoft also used a precision glass touchpad with tactile feedback on the Surface Laptop Studio, although it is still unclear how tactile feedback works. Internally, the Surface Studio uses Intel’s 11th-generation quad-core processor and even Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU.
Microsoft said that the Surface Laptop Studio will be launched on October 5th when it debuts on Windows 11.