Microsoft is planning a new addition to its Surface lineup, and it just leaked out ahead of an official unveiling later today. It’s called the Surface Laptop, and it is said to be the Redmond company’s answer to the Google Chromebook, running the lightweight Windows 10 S operating system.
The images above were leaked on Twitter by WalkingCat, who claims the Surface Laptop will feature a 13.5-inch PixelSense display and a full-size keyboard covered in the same material used for the Surface Pro 4’s premium TypeCover option. It will reportedly come in four colors: platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue, and graphite gold.
It’s not year clear what the Surface Laptop will be packing on the inside, but we can tell from the images it will use Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect connector — not USB-C. That will be accompanied by a standard USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort, plus a headphone jack. It’s hard to tell if users will also get a microSD card slot like that on the Surface Pro.
WalkingCat also claims the Surface Laptop will be powered by Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s rumored Chrome OS alternative. It is expected to be a lightweight version of Windows 10 that is likely to get its official unveiling alongside the Surface Laptop later today, and rumor has it it will only be able to run apps obtained from the Windows Store.
It’s thought the Surface Laptop will be a high-end option for Windows 10 S — much like Chromebook Pixel is to Chrome OS — with much more affordable machines coming from third-party manufacturers. But for now, this is all speculation. We’ll have to wait for Microsoft’s event later today for official confirmation.