Microsoft Surface Book 2 Announced
Microsoft has announced the successor to the, two-year-old, Microsoft Surface Book Pro, at least in the US where the Surface Book Pro 2 will launch in November 2017.
It’s designed for ‘professionals’ to provide the power of a desktop, the versatility of a tablet, and the freedom of a light and thin laptop in one device.
It’s certainly a no-compromise sounding portable with the latest 8th Gen (Coffee Lake) Intel Core processors and options of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 GPUs. The Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original and twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro, claims Microsoft, yet they also promise it provides ‘all-day’ battery life, with up to 17 hours of video playback – that’s 70% more than the latest MacBook Pro.
The Surface Book 2 comes in two screen sizes – 13- or 15-inch with the lightest of each model weighing just 1.5Kg and 1.9Kg, respectively, which is impressive considering all the power on-board.
The 13.5inch Surface Book 2 features a 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI) resolution PixelSense display with an aspect ratio of 3:2 and a claimed contrast ratio of 1600:1. The 15-inch version ups the resolution to 3240 x 2160 pixels at a slightly less dense 260dPPI but otherwise should provide the same performance.
There are two tiers for the smaller model, with options of either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and choices of a 7th Gen Intel Core™ i5-7300U dual-core processor or an 8th Gen i7-8650U quad-core. The 15-inch comes with the higher-specced components by default.
Only the 15-inch is capable of housing the GTX 1060 GPU, however, with the smaller model offering either the GTX 1050 or built-in Intel HD Graphics 620. Connections wise, there are 2 x full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 x Surface Connect ports and a Full-size SD card reader.
All this high-end specification, not to mention the natty design, comes at quite a cost, however, with prices ranging from $1499 to $3299, encompassing seven different configurations. UK and European releases and pricing are due at Microsoft’s 31st October European event.
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