Surface Studio: Here’s what Microsoft announced during the Windows 10 October 2016 event

Michael Cottuli

Microsoft Surface Dial and the Surface Studio

Microsoft announced the Surface Studio during the Windows 10 Creator’s Update event this past week, leaving many Microsoft fans excited to see more. The device is unquestionably gorgeous, and its arrival paired with a creator-centric suite of new Windows 10 features hints that Microsoft is directing its advertising towards the Apple crowd. Maybe you watched the reveal and tuned out for the rest of the week, or maybe this is the first you’re hearing of the Surface Studio – either way, we’ll make sure you’re up to date with this recap.

Full specs for the Surface Studio

It’s all well and good to speculate about the hardware that’s going to drive the Surface Studio, but now we’ve got the full specifications. If you want the full list of hardware you can check out our article, but here are the big ones:

  • 28″ PixelSense Display
  • Quad-core 6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GPU GDDR5 memory or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GPU GDDR5 memory
  • Rapid hybrid drive options: 1TB or 2TB
  • 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB RAM

Three different Surface Studios on offer

In classic Surface fashion, you have plenty of different options  if you decide that the Studio is something that you want. All of them are somewhat pricy but compete well enough with the iMac, which seems to be the most comparable device out there. Here are your three options:

  • 1TB / Intel Core i5 – 8GB RAM / 2GB GPU – $2,999
  • 1TB / Intel Core i7 – 16GB RAM / 2GB GPU – $3,499
  • 2TB / Intel Core i7 – 32GB RAM / 4GB GPU – $4,199

Keep in mind that Panos told us during the event that this device is going to be available in relatively limited quantities, so you’re going to want to make up your mind on this as soon as you can. The Studio is already available for pre-order right here.

Surface Dial runs with any PC

The Surface Dial was announced with the Surface Studio and is unquestionably a big part of what is going to make the Surface Studio experience so special. If you wanted to be able to use the Surface Dial but didn’t want to spend $3,000+ on the Surface Studio, you can still use the Surface Dial on any Windows 10 PC. While you can only use the Dial off-screen using this method, you can still use most of the other functionalities that the voice has to offer.

You can watch the full event on demand

If you have two hours to kill and want to hear a ton of talented speakers talk at length about the Surface Studio and the future of Windows 10, you can watch the entirety of the event on demand. The news that’s out there is scarce as we’re in these first few weeks since the Studio’s announcement, but you can sate your curiosity and hunger for news by analyzing the event in its entirety.