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Microsoft Unveils Surface Family and Southeast Asia’s First Surface Store

With its characteristic kickstand and detachable keyboard, the Surface Pro line had been the face of Microsoft’s Surface lineup. Its native stylus support and unparalleled portability had appealed to students, professionals and creatives alike. Just yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the Surface family for the first time in Singapore, in conjunction with an official opening of the flagship Surface Store at Harvey Norman Millenia Walk. With a stunning performance, incredible versatility and feature set, Microsoft’s Surface devices have one more thing in common – seamless touch and stylus integration.

Veronica Chiu, Windows and Devices Business Group Lead, introduces the Surface Family for the first time in Singapore. Image: Ian Ling

Appealing to users of all backgrounds and needs, the Surface Family is made up of four devices: the Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Studio and the Surface Laptop.

Image: Harvey Norman

The new Surface Pro is a refresh of its predecessor, the Surface Pro 4. With updated internals and a kickstand that lowers the screen to a ‘Studio Mode’ for creatives. An improved battery and Intel Core processor improves battery life by 50% from the Surface Pro 4, and performance 2.5x over the Surface Pro 3.

The Surface Book 2 brings gaming-level processing and graphics performance with up to 17 hours of battery life. It features up to an Intel i7 quad-core Intel Core processor, 1060 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Graphics, and 16GB of RAM. With a unique hinge design, the Surface Book 2 enables creators and power-users to consume produce content in four configurations.

Available in 13.5-inch and 15-inch configurations, its compact, customisable, power-packed form is sure to appeal to creators with a variety of needs.

The Surface Book is Microsoft’s answer to cult laptops like the Macbook Pro and the Dell XPS. Ultra-portable yet powerful, the Surface Book 2 is the most powerful Surface product. It features the latest Intel Dual-Core or Quad-Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, and up to 17 hours of battery life. It is claimed to be twice as powerful as the Macbook Pro. With a stunning 13.5-inch (3000×2000)or 15-inch (3240×2160) PixelSense Display, the Surface Laptop provides the power and compact form of a laptop, with the flexibility of a tablet, giving users of all types an immersive experience that stands up to close scrutiny. It is optimised for heavy-duty developer apps from Adobe, Autodesk, Dassault and Unity; its powerful processors enable you to game on the go or immerse yourself in Windows Mixed Reality. Sleek and beautiful, the Surface Book 2 sees a refine  both USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports,

Shailendra Verma of Microsoft introduces the Surface Book, an incredible convertible laptop with a detachable touch-sensitive screen. Image: Ian Ling

The Surface Laptop is a sleek and beautiful option in the Surface lineup for users that demand portability and usability. Weighing in at 1.25kg for the i5 option, its aluminium chassis is durable and hardy. Available only in a 13.5-inch version, its footprint more closely resembles that on a typical 13-inch laptop. Its PixelSense display features incredible resolution at 201PPI (2256×1504 pixels), holding up to scrutiny as users lean in to utilise the touch-sensitive screen. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 also means users can utilize touch input without fear of scratches or damage to the screen.

It runs Windows 10S, a streamlined version of the popular operating system that improves security and performance, but limits users to apps from the Windows Store.

The largest and the most prominent offering, the Surface Studio is an entirely new class of device designed to cater to the demands of creators. At 28 inches, the Surface Studio can be used in Desktop Mode like in any executive office or can be transformed into an immersive Studio Mode with a 20-degree incline for better ergonomics. Its Zero Gravity Hinge pivots the screen effortlessly, allowing users to sketch, write, design or collaborate seamlessly and effortlessly.

At 192PPI, its pixels are virtually indistinguishable, delivering True Scale, which means 12-point fonts appear on the display as it would in print. With an impressive contrast ratio of 1100:1 and a wide viewing angle, it holds up to close scrutiny. Calibrated out of the box, a wide colour gamut display enables the Surface Studio to deliver a larger variety of colours than 99% of the world’s desktop monitors.

Aimed to allow creators to interact with the device in a natural and intuitive way, it seamlessly integrates with the Surface Pen, Surface Dial and touch inputs. With a Quad-Core 6th Generation Intel Core processor, discrete NVIDIA GeForce GPU and 4GB DDR5 memory, and a 2TB Rapid Hybrid Drive storage in the box at its base, the Surface Studio seamlessly deals with even the most intensive software. Be it the latest PC games or VR, the Surface Studio would make short work of it. It also supports Xbox Wireless, and is able to connect up to four Xbox One-compatible controllers.

Max Tan, designer and founder at MAX.TAN demonstrates his workflow on the Surface Studio. Image: Ian Ling

The Surface Dial is an innovation to how users interact with their devices. By focussing on a natural, intuitive interaction with the creator’s work, the Surface Dial complements touch and pen-based inputs with tactile feedback through adaptive haptic feedback. It also features 3600 points of precision, allowing minute changes in colours or sliders. The Surface Dial provides a variety of functionality – like colour pickers and even digital rulers in addition to circular menus.

The Surface Studio with the Surface Dial in the foreground. Image: Ian Ling

The Surface Store at Millenia Walk will officially open to the public on the 10th of March. The first Surface Store in Southeast Asia, customers can experience the full lineup of Surface devices, or obtain support for their Surface device. A Concierge service will also be available.

Harvey Norman Asia MD Kenneth Aruldoss (Left), joins in to launch Southeast Asia’s first Surface Store at the chain’s Singapore Millenia Walk outlet. Image: Ian Ling
ProductSuggested Retail Price (GST Included)
Surface Book 2 Configurations
13.5” Intel® Core™ i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel® HD Graphics 620 SGD2,188
13.5” Intel® Core™ i7, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050SGD2,878
13.5” Intel® Core™ i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050SGD3,578
13.5” Intel® Core™ i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 SGD4,288
15” Intel® Core™ i7, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060SGD3,588
15” Intel® Core™ i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060SGD4,088
15” Intel® Core™ i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060SGD4,588
Surface Laptop Configurations
Intel® Core™ i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, Intel HD® Graphics 620SGD1,488
Intel® Core™ i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel HD® Graphics 620SGD1,788
Intel® Core™ i7, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Intel Iris™ Plus Graphics 640SGD2,288
Intel® Core™ i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris™ Plus Graphics 640 SGD3,188
Intel® Core™ i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris™ Plus Graphics 640SGD3,888
Surface Studio
Intel® Core™ i7, 128GB SSD with 2TB HDD Rapid Hybrid Drive, 32GB RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980MSGD6,488
Surface Precision MouseSGD148
Surface DialSGD159

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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