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(Pocket-lint) - Microsoft has announced what it calls its "most powerful" Surface device yet - the Surface Laptop Studio.

Featuring 11th Gen Intel quad-core processing, up to Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, plus an overall 32GB of RAM, the device doubles both as a 14.4-inch notebook and a professional studio device.

The screen can be laid almost flat in "stage mode" for artist use, with the new Surface Slim Pen 2 providing a more haptic feel to drawing than ever before.

The keyboard touchpad also features haptic feedback, while "omnisonic" speakers by Dolby ensures the audio is crisp even at loud levels.

Dolby Vision is supported by the PixelSense display, with 120Hz on board too.

It naturally comes with Windows 11 from launch, and supports Thunderbolt 4 for fast data transfers.

The overall laptop is not light, weighing up to 1.8kg (4lbs) depending on the model, but it's more for sited studio work anyway - hence the name.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is available for pre-order now, to ship on 5 October - the same day Windows 11 is released.

Pricing starts at $1,599 for an Intel Core i5 edition with Iris Xe graphics. We don't yet know the price for the version with Intel Core i7 and Nvidia GPU.


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Writing by Rik Henderson. Originally published on 22 September 2021.