Microsoft to unveil its Surface laptop in NYC tonight

Aside from specs, here's what you need to know about the Microsoft Surface laptop

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A gallery of leaked images show a new, sleek Surface laptop. It’s no coincidence that Microsoft is holding a big hardware and software event in New York City later today. Twitter user @WalkingCat has let slip several images of a device labeled simply as “Surface Laptop”. It’s been rumoured that Microsoft has been working on its answer to Google’s Chromebook, after having great success with its Surface line.

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We can look forward to an attractive PixelSense display

Expect the Surface laptop to come with a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with four vibrant colours: platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue and graphite gold. The laptop will sport an alcantara keyboard – the same fabric used on the premium Surface Pro 4 keyboard option. What will power the device is still unclear. The processor and other hardware components are left as a mystery. What we can see in the images, though, are a regular USB port, a mini DisplayPort and the conventional Surface power connector. No USB Type-C for the Surface as of now.

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Like a variant of the two-in-one Pro, the Surface laptop features an alacantara keyboard crafted from premium materials

The Surface laptop will weigh a crisp 1.25kg, measuring 14.47mm thick at the back and 9.9mm at the front. The new display is said to have a whopping 3.4 million pixels, which suggests a 1080p panel for what looks like a 3:2 aspect ratio display at 13.5 inches.

WalkingCat goes on to claim the Surface laptop will run Windows 10 S, a rumoured name for Microsoft’s Chrome OS alternative. Expect all the information on the laptop and new slimmed-down Windows OS at tonight’s event.