Surface Book is not yet on the market and already it is backordered until late this year. That is the word from Redmond, Washington, according to Information Week.
The website said any new orders of the the Microsoft Surface Book would not ship until at least December. That was after the early supply of Microsoft’s tablet went to the most diehard tech enthusiasts who were able to order early and snatch up supply.
While it is a tablet, the new device is also a laptop. Perhaps a more accurate description would be the laptop/tablet hybrid since the Surface Book is fully equipped with a full keyboard and the new Windows 10 operating system.
The least expensive version of the Surface Book retails for $1,499, Information Week said, noting that Microsoft was poised to make a considerable amount of money off the healthy appetite for the company’s latest release.
“Demand for the Microsoft Surface Book appears to be outstripping supply. Orders placed today, Oct. 16, for the new laptop won’t ship until December. At the same time, Microsoft is offering $200 to $300 for certain trade-ins.
“The Surface Book produced lots of oohs and aahs when Microsoft unveiled it in New York City earlier this month. Those oohs and aahs are translating into ka-ching for Microsoft, which has seen much of the laptop’s launch stock snapped up by early adopters.”
The $1,499 model holds a 128-GB hard drive, while a more expensive model holding a 256-GB hard drive has yet to be released by the company. And by not released, Information Week noted, it was just listed as “coming soon.”
Perhaps most fascinating about the Surface Book is its comparisons to Apple products currently on the market. Microsoft appears to be aiming squarely for MacBook users in its marketing efforts. Information Week noted the Seattle-area company has offered MacBook users a $300 credit if they trade in certain MacBook models.
You may ask, “Why are they targeting Apple users?” It appears to be because Apple has not kept up with Microsoft in certain respects. First, as noted by GizMag, the Surface Book is touch screen, comes with a full keyboard, and is essentially the same size as the 2015 MacBook Pro Retina. Not only do the devices boast the same screen size (and weight), but the Surface Book actually has better graphics than the MacBook Pro. How much better? GizMag said the comparison shows Surface Book to have an 18 percent sharper image quality than anything consumers can get from the Retina display on the MacBook Pro. The resolution is 267 ppi on the Surface Book compared to 227 ppi on the MacBook Pro Retina.
The Surface Book, which will officially release to the public — or should we say those who pre-ordered — on October 26, will also boast facial recognition software using its front-facing camera. For all the extras GizMag reported being included with the Surface Book, it should come as no surprise that the starting price at $1,499 is $200 more than the starting price on the 2015 MacBook Pro Retina.
As the Inquisitr reported earlier Sunday, the popularity of Microsoft’s latest offering is aimed at laptop users, not necessarily just Apple users. And the boon to Microsoft’s stock price will be fantastic for anyone invested in the company.
“Analysts see Microsoft generating $91.1 billion in revenue in 2016 and growing that figure 7.2 percent to $98.5 billion in 2017,” the Inquisitr reported.
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