Microsoft has unveiled its latest laptop along with new headset and speaker products geared towards people working either from home or remotely from anywhere.
The Surface Laptop 4 goes on sale in New Zealand on April 27, with 13.5-inch models starting at NZ$1749 and 15-inch models starting at $2499.
The laptops, which compete with the likes of Apple, Dell and HP, come with upgraded cameras and microphones in response to the skyrocketing popularity of video conferencing.
Unlike Apple's most recent Macbook line which was only released with ARM-based M1 chips, the new Surface Laptops are sticking with x86 chips from Intel and AMD, opting not to offer an ARM option.
Microsoft's latest laptops will feature 3:2 PixelSense touchscreen displays with metal or Alcantara finishes and the premium touch, type and trackpad hardware that have won the Surface lines acclaim, along with higher-end price tags.
A new 'ice blue' colour is available along with matte black, platinum and sandstone options.
Microsoft is boasting "significantly longer battery life than before", claiming the models will give up to 19 hours.
Under the hood, the Surface Laptop 4 range offers 8, 16 or 32GB LPDDR4x RAM options with quad-core 11th gen Intel i5 or i7 processors, or AMD Ryzen 5 4680U or 7 4980U processors.
Storage-wise, every model comes with a removable SSD in 256GB, 512GB or 1TB options.
Each laptop model features one USB-C port, one USB-A port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Surface Connect port.
Their weights range from 1265g to 1542g.
As well as the Surface Laptop 4, Microsoft announced multiple new accessories on Wednesday, emphasising the compatibility of each with Microsoft Teams:
- Surface Headphones 2+
- Microsoft Modern Headsets (USB or Wireless)
- Microsoft Modern USB Speaker
- Microsoft Modern Webcam
Pre-orders for the new items started today.