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Microsoft unveils the Surface Laptop 3

During this year's annual Microsoft day, the company announced three new Windows 10-powered Surface products along with a Surface Slim Pen. The devices in question are the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Pro X.

Let's start with the Surface Laptop 3. The design remains generally the same with some key differences compared to its predecessor. For once, the iconic Alcantara finish for the wrist rest is now an option and not a standard for all models. The standard is now a machined aluminum finish instead.

The device also comes with a long-awaited USB-CWith the continued success of the USB interface, there exists a need to adapt USB technology to serve newer computing platforms and devices as they trend toward smaller, thinner and lighter form-factors. Many of these newer platforms and devices are reaching a point where existing USB receptacles and plugs are inhibiting innovation, especially given the relatively large size and internal volume constraints of the Standard-A and Standard-B versions of USB connectors.. port that can be used not only for data transfer and peripherals but for charging too. Microsoft's proprietary charging connector is still here, though, promising fast charging (80% in less than an hour) while the battery life should stretch to a day.

The Surface Laptop 3 also comes in two flavors - 13.5" and 15". Both retain the 3:2 aspect ratio but only the 13-inch variant is powered by Intel's latest 10th Generation Ice Lake quad-coreA quad-core processor is a chip with four independent units called cores that read and execute central processing unit (CPU) instructions such as add, move data, and branch., processors. The 15-inch variant relies on AMD's new Ryzen mobile chips. However, the company pointed out that the CPUs are custom Ryzen Surface Edition silicons.

The keyboard is slightly shallower than before (1.3mm vs 1.5mm key travel) but promises quieter typing experience and the same tactile feedback.

The starting price is $999 and $1,199 for the 13 and 15-inch models, respectively. Pre-orders are starting today with actual shipping happening on October 22. Here's the pricing for the rest of the configurations on the 13" model:

Core i5 8GB/256GB - $1,299
Core i7 16GB/256GB - $1,599
Core i7 16GB/512GB - $1,999