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Surface Laptop Studio full tech specs

Microsoft has created a replacement for the Surface Book, the Surface Laptop Studio, with a unique hinge design and 120Hz display.

Surface Laptop Studio open hinge
  • Surface Laptop Studio list of technical specifications.
  • Also, details about the hinge, 120Hz display, base design, and more.
  • The Laptop Studio will be available on October 5 starting at $1599.99.

Microsoft has made a new clamshell Windows 11 laptop known as the “Surface Laptop Studio,” which is meant to replace the Surface Book. The device includes a unique hinge design that pulls the display forward (or falls backward) to use it as a tablet instead of the detachable display solution.

Although the laptop has a different approach in design, it was inspired by the existing designs from the Surface Pro, Studio, Book, and Laptop.

The hinge system is perhaps one of the most unique aspects of this device. Microsoft has engineered using a unique form of woven fabric with advanced cable management in the display pivot point and the base, allowing the hinge to bend up to 180 degrees without putting any stress on the cable for durability.

Laptop hinge inside
Laptop hinge inside (Source: Microsoft)

Also, this implementation includes magnets to lock it in place. However, you cannot position the kickstand part as freely as the Surface Pro line. You can only move it to the three available positions (laptop, tent, and tablet).

Another unique aspect of the Surface Laptop Studio is the base, which looks like a laptop sitting on top of another smaller platform. However, this is intentional to allow the device to handle heat dissipation out of the sides (in its strange way) and house the new Surface Slim Pen 2 with haptic feedback (sold separately for $129.99) that attaches magnetically underneath the base’s first level.

Laptop base vents
Laptop base vents (Source: Microsoft)

The laptop looks like a first-generation device, but with a great keyboard out of the gate. Also, the Laptop Studio features a new precision touchpad, which is the largest on any Surface, and as it’s super responsive with haptic feedback as you click it.

Laptop Studio keyboard and trackpad
Laptop Studio keyboard and trackpad (Source: Microsoft)

On the tech specs side of things, the device comes with a 14.4-inch 120Hz refresh rate display, the option of an Intel 11th Gen Core i5 or i7 processor, the choice of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, and 2TB of internal storage. The company also claims up to 19 hours of battery life for the Core i5 model and 18 hours for the Core i7 model.

Surface Laptop Studio tech specs

 Surface Laptop Studio
WeightIntel Core i5 models 3.83 lb (1742.9 grams)
Intel Core i7 models 4.00 lb (1820.2 grams)
DisplayScreen: 14.4-inch PixelSense Flow touch display
Up to 120Hz Refresh Rate
Resolution: 2400 x 1600 (201 PPI)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Contrast ratio: 1500:1
Touch: 10-point multi-touch
Dolby Vision support.
ProcessorQuad-core Intel 11th Gen Intel Core H35 i5-11300H
Quad-core Intel 11th Gen Intel Core H35 i7-11370H
GraphicsIntel 11th Gen Intel Core H35 i5-11300H models
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Intel 11th Gen Intel Core H35 i7-11370H models
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti laptop GPU with 4GB GDDR6 GPU memory
NVIDIA RTX A2000 laptop GPU with 4GB GDDR6 GPU memory (commercial)
Memory16GB LPDDR4x
32GB LPDDR4x
StorageRemovable solid-state drive (SSD) options:
256GB
512GB
1TB
2TB
WirelessWi-Fi 6: 802.11ax compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 5.1 technology
Battery lifeAMD: Up to 17.5 hours of typical device usage
Intel: Up to 16.5 hours of typical device usage
Battery Capacity Nominal (WH) 47.4
Battery Capacity Min (WH) 45.8
Ports2 x USB 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 technologies support
3.5mm headphone jack
1 x Surface Connect port
SecurityFirmware TPM for enterprise-grade security
Hardware TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security and BitLocker support (commercial)
Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
Windows enhanced hardware security
Cameras, video, and audio

Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
1080p resolution front-facing camera
Dual far-field Studio Mics
Quad Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Atmos
SensorsAccelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Ambient light sensor
ColorsSilver
CasingAluminum
OSWindows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
Keyboard and TrackpadActivation: Moving (mechanical) keys
Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12)
Windows key and dedicated buttons for media controls, screen brightness
Backlight
Precision Haptic touchpad
HingeDynamic Woven Hinge for the frictionless motion of the display
In the boxIntel Core i5:
65W Surface Power Supply w/USB-A (5W) charging port
Quick Start Guide

Intel Core i7:
102W Surface Power Supply w/USB-A (7W) charging port
Quick Start Guide

Also, Microsoft is now adding support for USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 support, and you will find two of these ports. And the Surface connector is still present.

Surface Laptop Studio
Surface Laptop Studio (Source: Microsoft)

The Surface Laptop Studio is aimed to be the most powerful device in the Surface family, but it’s not a gaming rig. Though, it has the hardware to be. Instead, Microsoft is targeting it to artists and creators that will make use of the touch capabilities.

The laptop starts at $1599.99 for the base model, and it can go up to $3099.99 for the Intel Core i7 model with 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. You can preorder at the Microsoft Store, and it’s expected to be available on October 5.