Microsoft overnight added a new member to its Surface family: the Surface Laptop.
Another wrinkle is that the Surface Laptop is built around Microsoft's new Windows 10 S operating system. Previously codenamed Windows Cloud, 10 S can load apps only from the Windows Store for lock-down app security.
Both the OS and the hardware are aimed at high school students, although the Surface Laptop can be upgraded to the full-blown Windows 10 Pro for a one-time US$49 fee which will be waived through to the end of 2017.
Once you've made the move to Windows 10 Pro, the Surface Laptop – which starts at $1,499 and will land here mid-June – becomes a much better proposition for the real world.
You're looking at a 13.5 inch display made with edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass 3, which also works with Microsoft's Surface Pen, although that stylus is an optional extra.
The modest 1.25kg weight, skinny 1.45cm profile at its thickest point and claimed 14.5 hour battery life should endear the Surface Laptop to travellers.
Passive cooling through chambers on the rear of the device to help keep the Surface Laptop cool and avoid battery life being drained by noisy whirring fans.
There are four base models available, built around Intel's latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and stepped in terms of SSD size (a modest 128GB to capacious 512GB ), RAM (4GB to 16GB) and graphics (choose between Intel's standard HD Graphics 620 chip or advanced Iris Plus Graphics 640 module).
For connectivity you get a USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect jack and headphone jack – a modest but workable set of sockets.
Microsoft will offer the Surface Laptop in four colours – platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue, and graphite gold...
... with the same fabric alcantara keyboard as the premium Surface Pro 4 keyboard for a durable, tactile suede-like feel.
We'll update this article with Australian pricing on the Surface Laptop once this information is to hand.