The Surface Book, the first laptop coming out of Microsoft’s stables recently went out of stock on the company’s online store in the US. Though the Surface Book back in stock again for pre-order, however, this time around longer ship times have been listed. The cheapest Surface Book model will be delayed by 5-to-6 weeks, while its top-end model with 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, and Core i7 CPU is on a 7-8 week delay. The device can also pre-ordered via Microsoft’s brick and mortar stores, though the wait time will be the same.
The new Surface Book is Microsoft’s attempt to stir things up in a rather stagnant PC market. As already mentioned, it marks the first laptop manufactured by Microsoft featuring unique design semantics. The Surface Book easily transforms itself into a tablet, which the company claims has been made possible by a technology they’ve been working for years called ‘dynamic fulcrum hinge.’ It holds the two halves of the device and allows it to be seamlessly detached from the keyboard.
Apart from its unique design concept, the Surface Book is aimed at users who do not want any compromise in terms of performance. It features Intel’s latest sixth-gen Core i processors, which can be bundled with up to 16GB of RAM. The laptop-tablet hybrid gets a heavy price tag with the base model starting at $1499 while its top end model has been priced at $2699. Though its ability to double itself as a tablet might just turn the tide in its favor, which apparently seems to be the case as all five models just went out of stock at Microsoft’s online store in the US.
Microsoft’s head of devices Panos Panay claims it is the “thinnest most powerful PC ever created” offering 20 percent more power than the highly acclaimed Macbook Pro. After unveiling its much-anticipated Surface Pro 4 hybrid, Microsoft surprised everyone by unveiling the Surface Book at its hardware event on October 6.
Both these devices are set for a release on October 26, which have been available for pre-order since October 7. The company says these newly announced devices will be available at the company’s official online store, its physical retail stores, along with authorized resellers and select partner retailers which include Amazon, BestBuy and Fry’s Electronics.