It was just yesterday when Microsoft announced that Surface Book will soon be available in 10 new markets, and today pre-orders for the “ultimate laptop” go live in four markets which include France, Germany, New Zealand and the UK.
The Surface Book will be available for pre-orders in the aforementioned regions via their local Microsoft Store website, while shipping starts January 28 in New Zealand and February 18 for others.
As far as pricing goes, the Surface Book gets a starting price 1649 euros in France and Germany, and NZD 2749 in New Zealand. The laptop will be available across all four markets in the same four configurations as in the US.
To recall, the Surface Book was announced back in October at Microsoft’s Windows 10 devices event in New York. It marks the first laptop coming out of the company’s stables featuring unique design aesthetics. It can easily turn itself into a tablet, courtesy of an in-house technology the company has developed called ‘dynamic fulcrum hinge’. It essentially holds the two halves together and allows it be easily detached from the keyboard.
While apart from its unique design semantics, the notebook is a workhorse aimed at users who want no compromise on performance. It gets Intel’s latest Skylake processors that can be bundled with up to a mammoth 16GB of RAM.
Below is the list of configuration options for the Surface Book:
- 128GB Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM
- 256GB Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM, dGPU
- 256GB Intel Core i7 with 8GB RAM, dGPU
- 512 Intel Core i7 with 16GB RAM, dGPU
While in other related Microsoft news, the company has officially confirmed that Windows 10 is now powering 200 million devices. Microsoft touts that “Windows 10 has the fastest growth trajectory of any version of the OS ever”, surpassing Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows 8 by nearly 400%.
The Windows maker also announced that more than 76% of its enterprise customers are currently in active pilots of Windows 10, while over 22 million devices running the OS are Microsoft’s enterprise and education customers.
Earlier reports also suggested that Windows 10 Mobile Update will arrive on old Lumia devices on January 12, though the company hasn’t officially provided an exact date for the rollout. In addition, the company is also prepping the launch of Surface Pro 4 in India on January 7.