Microsoft's 'iMac-you-can-draw-on' Surface Studio: here are the specs, price, release date and info on the Surface Dial and new Surface Pen

Microsoft has just launched the Surface Studio aimed at creative professionals, as well as the Surface Book i7. We take a look at what they have to offer.

Announced at the Windows 10 Creators Update event in New York back in October 2016, Microsoft’s Surface Studio will finally be released in the UK on June 15 – the same day as the new Surface Pro. It's expected to be a strong iMac competitor for creative professionals.

The Surface Studio is designed to create one high-powered hub for the creative process of designers and illustrators to take place within.

Although the screen cannot completely lie flat, the Surface Studio comes with not only a Surface Pen, but also the versatile Surface Dial, expected to enhance and speed up your creative experience.

Here we take a look at it what it has to offer designers, illustrators, 3D artists, animators and other creative professionals.

Microsoft Surface Studio: Specs

The Surface Studio has an Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM in its highest-end model (it starts at 8GB);a 3:2 aspect ratio, 4500 x 3000 pixel, 192 dpi screen; and the ability to change from DCI-P3 to SRGB on the fly as part of it’s TrueColor feature.

It also has 2.1 surround sound with Dolby Audio Premium and 270W integrated computing power.

Microsoft Surface Studio: Display

The Surface Studio has a 28-inch PixelSense touch screen display, providing a large canvas space for illustration and design. The screen is made of 13.5m pixels and the aluminium body is only 12.5mm, making it the thinnest LCD monitor out there.

The screen can angle as low as 20 degrees but doesn’t lie completely flat.

It’s connected to two chrome arms designed to fade into the background. They have a zero-gravity hinge, which essentially means it’s weightless, and a counter-spring system in the base allowing the screen to be put into any position. 

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Surface Studio: Surface Dial

The Surface Studio will come with the new Surface Pen and the Surface Dial. The Dial is built into Windows as a versatile function, and can be used on the screen as well as a device similar to a mouse. It can be used to perform a variety of tasks, such as ink replay, zooming into your work on Photoshop, changing the brightness on your screen and changing colour palettes.

The new Surface Pen offers 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt support.

The Surface Dial will also be available for those who have the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book. 

Surface Studio: Pricing

The Surface Studio comes in three different options.

The entry-level Surface Studio has an Intel Core i5 chip, 8GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M graphics chip with 2GB GDDR5 memory and 1TB storage, and will cost £2,999/US$2,999.

The mid-range Surface Studio has an Intel Core i7 chip, 16GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M graphics chip with 2GB GDDR5 memory and 1TB storage, and will cost £3,549/US$3,499.

The mid-range Surface Studio has an Intel Core i7 chip, 32GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics chip with 4GB GDDR5 memory and 2TB storage, and will cost US$4,199 (£3,430).