Microsoft Releases Surface Studio for $2,999

At a packed press event in NYC, Microsoft unveiled what it called the "Surface Studio" - a crossbreed of the iPad Pro and iMac. Full touch capability on the "world's thinnest LCD" has given an aesthetically pleasing, and seemingly powerful, system.
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Panos Panay Unveils Surface Studio
Panos Panay Unveils Surface Studio
NEW YORK - Oct. 27, 2016 - PRLog -- Microsoft announced the release of the "Surface Studio" yesterday. A 28-inch 4K touchscreen (touted as the "world's thinnest") was encased in a sexy - dare we say "beautiful" - enclosure synonmous with Apple's radical design improvements of 10 years ago. Whilst the price of the new hardware will set you back $2,999, it's aimed at the core Windows market - professional productivity.

The Surface Studio is built on the same hardware that powers the now $1bn surface line. Not a phone, not a tablet, Surface became a commercial hit by putting the "power of Windows" in the palm of your hand. In a world seemingly overrun with closed Android & iOS systems, the idea of being able to extend your Windows environment to be "on the go" obviously contributed massively to the Surface's recent success (the less spoken about Surface RT the better).

The specifications of the new system are designed to compare with the most highly powered laptops, with full spec i5's and i7's as the CPU and up to 32GB RAM. A 1TB or 2TB SSD gives the Surface Studio serious computing power:

• Display: 28-inch 4500 x 3000 PixelSense LCD (192 PPI), 3:2 aspect ratio, Adobe sRGB and DCI-P color settings, 10-point multitouch
• Processor: sixth-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7
• Storage: 1TB or 2TB hybrid drive
• Memory: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM
• Graphics: GeForce GTX 965M 2GB (in Core i5 Studio) or GTX 980M 4GB (in Core i7 Studio)
• I/O: 4 USB 3.0 (one high power), 3.5mm headphone jack, SD card slot, Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort
• Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
• Cameras: 5MP front camera with Windows Hello support, 1080p video rear camera
• Sound: Stereo 2.1 Dolby audio

Whilst this may be one of the first foray's for Microsoft into the "Hardware" market, it certainly seems to be setting the tone for Surface's push to become a standard of its own. The magic of Windows seems to be rekindled with the release of this latest system.

You can read the full breakdown of Surface Studio at TheVerge's website:

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