Microsoft launches new Surface Laptop: powerful battery, beautiful design

At a separate event held in New York City, Microsoft has officially introduced a new version of Surface Laptop in its Surface product line, promising to become a serious competitor of the MacBook.

The Surface Laptop will be aimed at students and it is a true laptop, not just a 2-in-1 laptop like the Surface Book version.

The design of the device is quite a lot of compliments.

The Surface Laptop has a clamshell design, featuring a 13.5 inch PixelSense screen with 3.4 million pixels. The screen also supports Microsoft’s Surface Pen, so users can draw on it like other Surface devices.

The keyboard on the Surface Laptop is similar to that on the Surface Pro 4, the key travel is only 1.5mm and has a keyboard backlight.

In terms of configuration, the key journey is equipped with the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, helping the device to have strong performance while significantly improving battery life. Microsoft claims the Surface Laptop is much faster than the MacBook Pro i7 and “the battery life is much higher than the current MacBook Airs on the market”, each charge can use up to 14.5 hours.

The Surface Laptop runs Windows 10 S, so it only works on Windows Store. However, users can optionally upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

Microsoft’s new laptop is only 14.5 mm thick and weighs about 1.3kg. A special feature of this device is the speaker located below the keyboard, this creates a sense of sound emanating from the user’s finger.

The Surface Laptop will be available in four colors: platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue, and graphite gold. Users can pre-order the Surface Laptop with a starting price of 999 USD (~ 22.7 million) for the Core i5 version, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. The device will be available to users on June 15.

At this price, it seems that the Surface Laptop is aiming to compete with the Macbook rather than occupy the market share of Chromebooks, which cost only about $ 400 or less.

See the golden temple complex of Angkor Wat through vivid graphics

The project, Digital Angkor, recreates the Angkor Wat temple and its surrounding areas with highly detailed videos, giving viewers a glimpse into the life surrounding the ancient temple centuries ago.

These films are now showing 3D in real time on a wall at Monash University Library, Australia for visitors to watch until the end of June 2017.

Project to recreate ancient Angkor

A group of “nerds” on animation has implemented the project to recreate Angkor with graphics. Last month, Tom Chandler, a graduate student at Monash University, Australia, published live videos of Angkor.

“We have 25,000” employees “- they are computer characters who can make decisions about their actions every day. For example, you will program the interaction behavior of Americans or Italians different from Japanese. And when you look at a crowd, these small differences really make a big difference, ”Mr. Chandler told ABC News about this ambitious project.

3D scenes documenting archaeological and historical sources
How did this project get started? Chandler has “borrowed” many studies and maps from the most famous archaeologists and developed 3D landscapes: people, animals, temples and trees as in ancient times.

With a major in art and archeology, Chandler has continually improved this virtual world by altering computer input, such as the color of a temple, to create a true and genuine world. Maximum historical accuracy possible.

“There is very little evidence of paint on the temples. Everyone agrees that they have a certain color, but as in the case of dinosaurs, we don’t know what color. I’m not trying to create something fixed, but we try and apply it until we agree on what colors the temples can be, ”he told ABC News.

However, this virtual Angkor Wat is not the final product, but rather a place that is constantly developing to reflect new archaeological discoveries.

Some see this as an educational tool in the future, others think more deeply and think archaeologists can look closer and review the knowledge they knew about the ancient world. This, and raises new questions.


To some people, this project may seem like a video game, but everything is a difficult problem for Chandler and his team. One of the most difficult issues is being able to bring rice fields into a vast landscape.

“We cannot make a rice field, because it involves millions of millions of leaves. They cause the computer to freeze continuously, ”says Chandler.

So his team asked an expert to see what plants were growing at the time, then flew to the place and took pictures to make a picture of the tree on the computer.

As for sound, he visited remote villages and recorded the environment sound there. This is quite difficult because Cambodia is developing technology very fast, such as mobile phones, motorcycles … causing sound pollution to increase.

In the end, Mr. Chandler seems confident that the project will continue to grow, as there is a lot of new information about excavations in the area that he can include.

“I think the goal is always to try and create the whole city of Angkor, but we don’t want to overwork and run too fast. It is a big city, and it needs to be done step by step. It all depends on the time and power of the computer, and the exact archaeological information. ”