18 January 2018

Preorders open in Singapore for new Microsoft Surface family members

Microsoft has made a number of products in its Surface family available for preorders.

Source: Challenger eDM. Preorder invitation for the Microsoft Surface Laptop.
Source: Challenger eDM. Preorder invitation for the Microsoft Surface Laptop.

The Surface Laptop will be available in Singapore starting 24 January, with preorders now available from the Microsoft Store as well as authorised retailers. The retailers include Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, LOL by Epicentre, Harvey Norman, and Newstead.

Starting from S$1,488, Surface Laptop balances performance and style. The Surface Laptop is engineered to start fast and stay fast with a 7th generation Intel Core processor and up to 14.5 hours of battery life*. At 1.25 kg** and under 14.5mm thick, the Surface Laptop is also engineered for portability.

“We are excited to be bringing Surface Laptop to Singapore for customers who are seeking a differentiated laptop experience,” said Veronica Chiu, Windows and Devices Group Lead, Microsoft Singapore earlier this month.

“Meticulously crafted to deliver a portable and performance packed experience, Surface Laptop empowers our customers to unleash their creative potential by bringing the best of Windows and Office together, while redefining its category.”

Available in Platinum, the signature keyboard on the Surface Laptop is covered in Alcantara material and features a quiet, responsive keyset, large precision trackpad, and soft palm rest for typing comfort.

The 13.5" PixelSense Display is optimised for touch and inking while the optically-bonded Corning Gorilla Glass 3 adds durability. The Surface Laptop will also support the new Surface Pen***.
Shipping with Windows 10 S, a new Windows experience streamlined for security and superior performance, Surface Laptop starts up and runs faster with InstantOn and an operating system optimised for sustained performance.

With Windows 10 S, applications that are downloaded from the Windows Store are first verified for security, and then locally run in a “container” that is isolated from other containers for safety. In addition, Surface Laptop is fully integrated with OneDrive to keep  content safe in the cloud.
Preorders for the Microsoft Surface Studio, along with Surface Dial are also available now.

Source: Microsoft. The Surface Studio.
Source: Microsoft. The Surface Studio.
The Surface Studio is an entirely new device designed for the creative process. With a 28" PixelSense Display that is adjustable, the Surface Studio provides a canvas for users to sketch, paint and edit photos, or even to lay things flat as with a drafting table.

It can be paired with the Surface Dial which provides easy access to shortcuts, controls and drawing tools.

In addition, the Surface Book 2 (13” and 15”) will be coming to Singapore in March 2018. Billed as Microsoft's most powerful Surface ever, the Surface Book 2 features the latest quad-core Intel processors and the best graphics performance yet with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPUs.

It is also able to support varying work styles, including studio mode, laptop mode, view mode, and tablet mode by simply detaching the screen. Studio mode refers to using the Surface Book 2 as a tablet but with the keyboard still attached.

Microsoft also announced in a blog post that preorders for Surface Book 2 15” have begun in Australia, New and Zealand among other countries.

Source: Microsoft blog. The Surface 2, with the Surface Dial on the left and the Surface pen third from left.
Source: Microsoft blog. The Surface Book 2, with the Surface Dial on the left and the Surface Pen third from left. The Surface Book 2 on the left is in laptop mode while the Surface Book 2 on the right is in view mode.

February through April will see Surface Book 2 13” and 15” roll out to Bahrain, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, KSA, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the UAE within Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions.


Pricing is as follows:

Suggested retail price (including GST)
Surface Studio - 2TB / Intel Core i7
Surface Dial
Surface Book 2
Availability and pricing information for Singapore will be shared at a later date. 

The Surface Studio and Surface Dial can now be preordered from the Microsoft Store and authorised retailers Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, LOL by Epicentre, Harvey Norman, and Newstead.

Surface Laptop and Surface Studio will also be available for preorders for commercial customers via authorised device resellers including AsiaPac Distribution, JK Technology, and UIC Asian Computer Services.


Watch the video introducing the Surface 2
*Testing conducted by Microsoft in April 2017 using preproduction Intel Core processor, 256GB storage, 8GB RAM device. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.

**Weight is based on the i5 configuration.

***Sold separately.