Microsoft has announced a latest entry to its Surface line up with a notebook designed for the classroom. Introduced as the Surface Laptop SE, this new device is basically the tech giant’s answer to Google’s Chromebook laptops.
Built for educational purposes, you can expect the SE model to lack the fancier components that make up other Microsoft notebooks devices. Specifically, it features a traditional laptop design with an all-plastic body, and an 11.6-inch TFT display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Also included is a keyboard and trackpad similar to the Surface Laptop Go, a 1MP webcam, a USB-A port, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Under the Microsoft Surface Laptop SE’s hood is an Intel Celeron N4020 or N4120 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 128GB eMMC storage. Running all software operations on the device is Windows 11 SE, which is a stripped-down version of the company’s current generation operating system. Microsoft says this version is mostly optimised Edge, Office and OneDrive, with some support for apps such as Zoom and Chrome. In regards to the latter, the company says more third-party apps will be added in the near future.
The new Surface Laptop SE will be released in the US, UK, Canada and Japan in early 2022. The 4GB + 64GB configuration is set to retail at US$249 (~RM), while the 8GB + 128GB option is priced at US$329 (~RM). Microsoft did not announce any plan to launch the notebook to regions outside of those mentioned.
(Source: Microsoft [Official blog])