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At the Microsoft Event, the Redmond company officially expands their Surface portfolio with their very first desktop computer called the Surface Studio- an all-in-one professional Windows 10 PC that’s meant for designers, engineers, and photographers. The new PC is built under a fully embodied aluminum enclosure, and houses the thinnest LCD ever created at 12.5mm.
The large 28-inch PixelSense display has a very sharp resolution of 4500 x 3000 (with 63% more pixels than a 4K TV), along with a brightness rating of 192ppi. Microsoft also brings in the 3:2 aspect ratio from the Surface tablets. The 10-point multi-touch screen supports Surface Pen that’s useful for professionals.
That said, Microsoft introduced a new input device called the Surface Dial that offers a range of options while using professional applications. It can either be placed on the desk, or atop the Studio’s display while editing an image for example.
Configuration-wise, the Surface Studio will come with 6th Gen Intel i5 or i7 processors, RAM options between 8GB, 16GB or 32GB DDR4, a Rapid Hybrid drive that holds a capacity of 1TB/2TB, and NVIDIA GPU’s. You get a GTX 965M GPU with the Intel i5, and the GTX 980M with the Intel i7 model. What’s odd is that Microsoft did not opt for the latest NVIDIA Pascal graphics cards with desktop performance.
The Microsoft Surface Studio features 4 full-sized USB 3.0 ports, and full-sized SD card reader, mini Display Port, a 5MP camera with FullHD video capture, dual microphones, and 2.1 Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium.
The availability of the Microsoft Surface Studio in the Middle Eastern region is not known for now. However, the expected retail price is said to start from $2999 (AED 11015) and goes all the way to $4199 (AED 15423).