Microsoft debuts its first laptop that converts into a tablet

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Microsoft debuted its new laptop today, October 6, a machine they say blurs the line between a computer and a tablet.

The Surface Book is a “high-performance” laptop that has pen and touch screen support and up to 12 hours of battery life.

One of the more interesting features of this laptop is the pop-off 13.5 inch screen that can be used as a tablet for sketching and taking notes, but is still capable of running Windows programs.

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Other features include a backlit keyboard, Windows 10 Pro, a PixelSense Display with 267 DPI, accelerated graphics, NVIDIA GeForce GPU with high-speed GDDR5 memory, an SD card slot, two USB slots, “machined magnesium body” (not unlike a MacBook), and an accordion-like “Fulcrum” hinge.

The detachable screen can be reattached and folded backwards onto the keyboard.

Microsoft also introduced their newest incarnation of a traditional tablet, the Surface Pro 4 and two new smartphones, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

The Surface Book will be priced at $1,499 USD and pre-orders start tomorrow, October 7. The computer will go on sale October 26.

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