How is your experience with the new Surface Laptop powered by Microsoft Copilot and Snapdragon?

Not long ago, Microsoft held a special event at the new campus, defining a new PC category designed specifically for AI experience: Windows 11 AI PC.

With the blessing of Copilot and Snapdragon, the seventh-generation Surface Laptop has completed a "reborn" update. As the first batch of Windows 11 AI PCs, Microsoft has provided people with high expectations.

The seventh-generation Surface Laptop adopts a new packaging design. Unlike the previous generation, which directly displayed the product form, this time there is only a simple Microsoft logo on the packaging.

Moreover, the entire packaging box is not plastic-sealed and uses paper that is very comfortable to the touch. This packaging design, which is completely different from the previous generation, also implies that this generation of Surface Laptop will be very different.

The new Surface Laptop has a slim design and is made of recyclable recycled aluminum.

The bottom is slightly curved, which improves the feel and makes it look smoother.

At a glance, you can see that this generation of screens has changed a lot. The new Surface Laptop uses a 3:2 ratio screen, supports a 120 Hz dynamic refresh rate, has significantly narrower borders than the previous generation, and also uses a rounded corner screen.

This generation of Surface Laptop still continues the classic Surface family design language. A smaller body, but a larger screen.

The only pity is that the three sides are not evenly narrow, and the top border is a little thicker than the left border.

The new Surface Laptop is equipped with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon X Elite. This brand new processor brings strong power.

According to Microsoft's tests, compared with Surface Laptop 5, this generation's running speed is increased by 86%. With the support of Snapdragon core, it is even 58% faster than the MacBook Air equipped with M3 chip.

More importantly, Snapdragon X Elite also has extremely strong NPU performance, which can help provide an excellent AI experience.

Led by ChatGPT, more and more AI tools are beginning to appear. But one of the main reasons that prevents people from using AI tools is that using these tools often requires tedious steps.

Opening a web page, logging in to an account, uploading files, issuing instructions… As a result, efficient AI tools present a very inefficient experience.

Now, Microsoft is trying to break this dilemma. In software such as Office, Paint, and Teams, Microsoft has added convenient entrances. You can get help with just a tap when you need it, and it will not actively disturb you when you don't need it.

In the AI ​​era, conventional functions such as generating text and creating pictures are already basic operations. The new Surface Laptop's built-in NPU has a computing power of up to 45 trillion operations per second (45 TOPS), which can unlock new AI experiences for users.

If you look closely at the keyboard of the new Surface Laptop, you can notice that the Windows logo key on the right side is missing.

This key, which has existed on Windows PCs for more than thirty years, has been replaced by the new Copilot key as a shortcut to access your personal AI assistant.

Among them, the AI-driven “Recall” function can help you quickly find what you are looking for.

When making PPT late at night, if you forget some of the information you used during the day, it is often a headache when flipping through the vast file library.

But now with the help of the "Review" function, you can also have a "photographic memory." Just gently pull back the progress bar and you can go back to a previous point in time.

You can even describe what you need through text, and let Copilot help you find files and information intuitively and quickly.

Surface Laptop is equipped with an ultra-wide-angle Surface Studio camera. Enhanced by AI and Snapdragon X Elite, this camera has also been greatly improved.

After getting hands-on with Surface Laptop, technology media ZDNET immediately felt that Windows Hello is "faster than ever before."

Surface Laptop unlocks extremely quickly through facial recognition, whether in bright light or in low-light conditions.

In addition, Surface Laptop also brings functions such as automatic framing, creative filters, and eye contact, which can help you better present in video conferences.

Under the real-time calculation of the NPU, Surface Laptop's portrait blur and portrait lighting functions can block cluttered backgrounds and present excellent studio lighting effects.

Coupled with AI-driven Windows Studio, Surface Laptop can use the voice focus function to block ambient noise and bring you an excellent communication experience, even in noisy airport or train station waiting halls.

The new Snapdragon X Elite processor not only brings a significant improvement in performance, but also significantly enhances battery life. After experiencing it, many media said that this generation of Surface Laptop has "extraordinary" battery life.

This generation of Surface Laptop has the longest battery life of any Surface. The 13.8-inch version supports up to 20 hours of local video playback and up to 13 hours of web browsing.

If you choose the 15-inch version, the battery life will be increased by an additional two hours.

The touchpad of this generation of Surface Laptop has also been greatly improved, with tactile feedback that is precise and responsive.

In terms of expansion interfaces, the new Surface Laptop is equipped with two USB-C 4 interfaces, a USB-A 3.1 interface and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the left side of the fuselage.

On the right side of the fuselage is the Surface Connect interface, and the 15-inch version also has an additional MicroSD slot.

However, this is still the first appearance of the Snapdragon X series processors, so there are still many problems.

In this nascent stage, many third-party software has not yet had time to adapt. Some professional work software, such as IntelliJ IDE, Power BI, etc., cannot yet be used normally on the Snapdragon X platform.

At this stage, it may be more suitable for some basic work content, such as browsing the web, daily office work, etc.

The Surface, which has just switched to the Snapdragon platform, still has some obstacles in the software ecosystem, but this situation is similar to the challenges Apple encountered when it launched the M1 in 2020.

Unlike the previous Surface RT, this Surface Laptop has dual blessings from Microsoft and Qualcomm. Moreover, manufacturers such as ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo have also successively launched Windows 11 AI PCs equipped with the Snapdragon X series platform.

With such strong appeal, I believe developers will also accelerate their adaptation. If all goes well, perhaps in a year's time, we will be able to see a more mature and complete Snapdragon software ecosystem.

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