Last month, Microsoft expanded its Surface portfolio by launching the all-in-one Surface Studio for creative professionals. Now, Dell and Lenovo both are reportedly working on new products that look to take on the newly-announced Surface Studio and the company's popular Surface Pro laptops.
Starting with Dell, YouTuber Surface Pro Artist has put up a video of the company teasing its upcoming AIO creative PC. The teaser was shown as part of the Adobe MAX opening keynote, and it shows all the new things that the product is expected to bring. First up, the keyboard is entirely touch-based and comes with a dial to control edit tools etc. This is unlike the Surface Studio which allows you to directly draw on the computer, and has a separate Surface Dial that can be used on the display. The Dell AIO is set to unveil at CES next year.
Dell has further told Engadget "At the start of Adobe MAX, Dell energised the audience with a sneak peek of its smart desk concept in action, teasing its innovative functionality and the exciting potential it will bring to creators everywhere. A full-horizontal touch display designed to work across a variety of systems, the device provides an immersive workspace for creators to build and interact with their content more naturally using pen, totem and touch. It's a new category of computing designed specifically for creators and nothing like it exists on the market today. Envisioned originally in 2014, we're excited to officially unveil it and more at CES 2017."
Lenovo appears to be looking to expand its Miix series (the company's Surface Pro lookalike product line) as well. After launching a range of Ideapad Miix laptops in India, the company is now reportedly working on the IdeaPad Miix 720. WinFuture reports that the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 will sport a 12-inch (2880x9120 pixels) screen, and be powered by Intel's latest seventh-generation i3, i5, and i7 Kaby Lake processors. It will offer 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD. It will add USB Type-C port alongside two legacy USB ports as well.
Microsoft said that the Surface Studio's base model with 1TB storage, Intel Core i5 processor, and 8GB RAM will cost $2,999. And the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was launched in October last year for a price starting at $899. There is no word on the exact pricing of the Dell and Lenovo products. While Dell confirmed a CES launch date, the Lenovo ideaPad Miix 720 laptop launch date remains unknown.