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Microsoft announces $999 Surface Laptop at #MicrosoftEDU

Device is aimed at college students and will be available from June 15.

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Microsoft's hardware chief Panos Panay took to the stage at the education-focused #MicrosoftEDU event in New York to unveil the new Surface Laptop. Aimed at college students, this is a high-end device featuring the new Windows 10 S Operating System.

Speculation has been ripe that this laptop was in the works with a story leaking hours before the official announcement of the device.

First impressions on the device is that it is light and visually stunning. Weighing 1.2kgs, this device will feature a 13.5 inch PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. "This is the thinnest LCD touch model ever created and put into a laptop," said Panay. The Surface Laptop will be available in platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue and graphite gold.

The device also features an impressive fabric alcantara keyboard, much like the Surface 4 Pro. The Surface Laptop will be powered by the latest Intel i5 and i7 processors and Microsoft claims it will have 14.5 hours of battery life. Software choices will be limited to those available from the Windows Store as it's powered by the Windows 10 S Operating System. Those wanting to install external software can opt to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

Starting at $999, the Surface Laptop is available for pre-order now and will be generally available starting June 15th.

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