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Surface Laptop Studio: Release date, price, specs, and everything we know

Surface Laptop Studio
Surface Laptop Studio (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

Microsoft has a new flagship laptop on the block, and it's called Surface Laptop Studio. It features a brand-new 2-in-1 design that Microsoft hasn't used on the Surface line before, with a 14-inch display that can now be pulled forward or laid flat over the keyboard deck for drawing or inking.

Surface Laptop Studio is a replacement for the Surface Book, according to Microsoft. It has powerful dedicated graphics in the form of the NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti, more powerful 11th Gen Intel processors, and can be had with up to 32GB RAM and 2TB storage. Here's everything you need to know.

Surface Laptop Studio: Price and release date

The Surface Laptop Studio is launching first in the United States and Canada and is expected to ship on Oct. 5. Pre-orders are open now, with pricing beginning at an eye-watering $1,600. Upgrading to higher-specification models can push the price beyond $3,000.

SKUPrice
Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 128GB storage, Iris Xe$1,599.99
Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage, Iris Xe$1,799.99
Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti$2,099.99
Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti$2,699.99
Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti$3,099.99

Surface Laptop Studio pricing starts identically to Surface Book 3, fulfilling a similar space as a mobile powerhouse for professionals. While the new design axes the previously detachable display, it's a promising new successor to the Surface Book lineup, with a comparatively expected RRP.

We also expect Microsoft to bring Surface Laptop Studio to 47 additional markets in 2022, we just don't exactly where, and when.

Surface Laptop Studio: Specs

CategorySurface Laptop Studio
OSWindows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
Processor11th Gen Intel
Core i5-11300H
Core i7-11370H
RAM16GB, 32GB
LPDDR4x
GraphicsIris Xe (i5)
NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti Laptop (i7)
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop (i7, commercial)
Storage256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB SSD
Upgradeable
Display14.4 inches
2400x1600
201 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio
Dolby Vision
Up to 120Hz
Touch
PortsTwo Thunderbolt 4
3.5mm audio
Surface Connect
AudioFour Omnisonic speakers
Dolby Atmos
Two far-field mics
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
CameraFront-facing 1080p
IR camera
KeyboardBacklit
TouchpadPrecision
Haptic
PenSurface Slim Pen 2
(Not included)
SecurityIR camera
Firmware TMP (consumer)
Hardware TPM 2.0 (commercial)
BitLocker (commercial)
BatteryUp to 19 hours (i5)
Up to 18 hours (i7)
Dimensions12.7 x 9.0 x 0.7 inches
(322.6mm x 228.6mm x 17.8mm)
Weighti5: 3.83 pounds (1.7kg)
i7: 4.0 pounds (1.8kg)

The Surface Laptop Studio features an 11th-Gen Intel Core i5-11300H or i7-11380H, which are a little more powerful than the Intel 11th-Gen chips found in the Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 8. The device can be configured with either 16GB or 32GB of RAM, up to 1TB storage, and can even wirelessly charge the new Surface Slim Pen 2, which is sold separately.

The new 14.4-inch display also has a high refresh rate of 120Hz, which will make using Windows 11 feel super smooth with all its new animations. Curiously, the new 14.4-inch display isn't as high of a resolution as that found on the Surface Book line. The device has two USB-C ports, both of which are Thunderbolt 4 enabled, a headphone jack, and the Surface Connect port for those who prefer Microsoft's magnetic charging port.

Surface Laptop Studio features: New Studio display, high performance

Surface Laptop Studio Studio Mode

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

The Surface Laptop Studio features a brand-new design that enables the display to be pulled forward and laid flat over the keyboard when wanting to write or draw, Microsoft calls this "Studio mode," and is great for creators or those who want to use the touchscreen flat. There's also a "tent mode" that props the display up between the trackpad and keyboard, great for watching movies.

The design makes for a more elegant solution over the Surface Book series, which features a detachable display, breaking away from the keyboard into a standalone tablet. With the Studio Laptop occupying a similar space to the Surface Book 3 refreshed in early 2020, that detachable display is the main reason to still opt for the older device.

The Surface Laptop Studio is all about performance, designed with creatives and power users in mind, as reflected by the hardware under the hood. The range is expected to significantly outperform newly updated devices like the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Go 3, ideal for intensive software like Photoshop or 4K video editing.

Surface Laptop Studio Draw

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

Various long-requested hardware upgrades also help fortify the Surface Laptop Studio as its most powerful device to date, aiding productivity while on the move. New Thunderbolt 4 support sees a significant leap in connectivity, allowing for faster transfer rates and support for more external devices like multiple 4K displays. The onboard 120Hz refresh rate also improves on-device fluidity, providing smoother interactivity for productivity and gaming.

Other new features include support for the Surface Slim Pen, with a hidden charging cradle underneath the front of the laptop. Magnets will hold the pen in place while charging, allowing you to store the pen and carry it with the device.

Also new to the Surface Laptop Studio is a new "Precision Haptic" touchpad, which means the touchpad itself is static and no longer moves when clicked. Instead, special haptic engines underneath the touchpad vibrate to make it feel as if you're clicking down, similar to Apple's MacBook touchpads.

Microsoft also claims buyers can expect improvements in battery life, with up to 19 hours available, slightly surpassing the 17.5 hours seen with the latest Surface Book 3. The overall device dimensions and weight, while larger than many existing Surface products, also undercut the Surface Book 3 lineup.

The Surface Laptop Studio presents a new form factor in Microsoft's premium PC lineup, suited to high-end productivity. While we'll need to wait until our full review for final impressions, it's a promising option for creatives and power users with a need for speed.

Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

11 Comments
  • We're burying the lede here. We've got a 28W (or is it 35W?) 11th-gen Intel processor in a device that has a longer battery life than the old Surface Book. That's amazing. And it's still about the same size as an SB3. They did this despite 10nm Intel being a generation behind in many ways. 19-hour battery life, workstation-level processing, excellent screen PLUS an easel mode with an updated pen? This thing is a beast. And it starts at $1600.
  • At 4 lbs and .7 inches, that's a little thick and heavy, but I admit, that's thinner than it looked in the video (with the dual tiered base). Thin enough. The weight is below the 4.4lbs of my HP Spectre x360 15". I think I'll be a customer. I'm not waiting for reviews on the Duo 2 -- I'm sold on that, but I'll wait for the full reviews on the Laptop Studio before committing on this one.
  • Is this the end of the road *forever* for the Book form-factor?
    I hope this new FF is just for a different emphasis/direction. I really felt they had an opportunity to integrate an ARM SoC in the tablet half.
    And a x86 SoC plus dGPU into the base section... :-/ And if it really is Book+Studio inspired/successor, as they were suggesting;
    Then Surface Book Studio would surely have been a more apt name. 'Less' corny sounding to boot...
  • The Book form factor just didn't catch on. It was cool, but I think there were too many tradeoffs poorly managed. A powerful, fanless ARM based version might be a different story though.
  • "Is this the end of the road forever for the Book form-factor?"
    Yes, this replaces Surface Book as a product. No Surface Book 4 is coming.
  • Preordered the i7/32GB/1TB version. Using it with a external 4K monitor too, so I didn't mind the lower resolution vs Surface Book2.
  • this might be the one to replace my surface book 1
  • Pre-ordered i7/32/1tb version. Along with the slim pen 2. This should replace my aging desktop and laptop.
  • What?!? No USB type-A port? It is an outrage, I tell you! Must be a scam to get people to pay more for the Travel Hub or Dock... /s
  • If this is the end of the SB line does that mean we should expect a 16 in Surface Laptop Studio with RTX 3060 and Quadro RTX 3000 soon? I could actually see the SB line continuing as an even higher end ProArt competitor with RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 options for the consumer and Quadro RTX 4000 and 5000 options for commercial users.
  • "If this is the end of the SB line does that mean we should expect a 16 in Surface Laptop Studio with RTX 3060 and Quadro RTX 3000 soon? "
    If history is prologue, we'll see a 16-inch Laptop Studio 2 sometime in late 2022 or spring 2023.