After two years of gap, Microsoft updates its Surface Book series laptop by announcing the Surface Book 2, “most powerful” Surface device yet. The laptop device designed for professionals, designers and developers with the benefits of a desktop product, and offering the versatility of a tablet mode at the same time.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 is powered by the Intel 8th generation core i7 processor 8650U clocked up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics option, which makes it 5 times more powerful than the previous generation. The battery life has also been improved, ensuring up to 17-hours of battery life (on continuous video playback).
It comes in two display sizes: one with a 13.5-inch display (3000 x 2000 resolution), the other with a 15-inch screen (3240 x 2160 resolution) which accounts to a pixel density of 260ppi. Both models retain the Surface pen feature from the original Surface Book and also has the Surface Dial on-screen support.
On the multimedia segment, there is a 5-megapixel front camera, and an 8-megapixel rear camera and the keyboard is backlit. The Surface Book 2 15-inch model measures 13.5 x 9.87 x 0.9 inches and weighs 1.9kg and 0.82kg in tablet mode. While the 13.5-inch model measures 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.9 inches and weighs at 1.6kg. For connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, 2 USB-A, 1 USB-C, Surface connect, SD card slot, headphone jack with support for Dolby Atmos.
Surface Book 2 is designed to get the most out of Windows 10 Fall Update. The Photos app will allow you to create and share your stories, create 3D objects to add to PowerPoint, Word, Excel, or the Mixed Reality Headset app to transform the same three-dimensional objects into reality. You should not even forget the new Game Mode and Mixer to access streaming content faster and more efficiently.
Microsoft warrants a gaming experience that in some cases comes close to that of the Xbox One, thanks to the perfect gaming management at 1080p at 60fps. You can also connect your Xbox One controller and headset to the 15-inch model with integrated support for Xbox One Wireless, without forgetting compatibility with Windows Mixed Reality Ultra to enjoy gaming experience with a refresh rate of 90 frames per second.
Thanks to the collaboration with Adobe, Microsoft offers the opportunity to access Creative Cloud, including the new Surface Dial coming soon to Photoshop. There are seven different variants of the Surface Book 2, offering different processor, RAM and screen sizes. The configurations are: 13.5-inch, 256GB SSD, and Intel Core i5 processor; 13.5-inch, 256GB, Intel Core i7; 13.5-inch, 512GB SSD, Intel Core i7; 13.5-inch display, 1TB SSD, Intel Core i7; 15.inch display, 256GB SSD, Intel Core i7; 15.inch display, 512GB SSD, and Intel Core i7; and 15-inch display, 1TB SSD, and Intel Core i7.
The Surface Book 2 both in 13″ and 15″ versions will be available for pre-order on November 9th in the USA and deliveries will start from 16th December. The 13″ model starts at $1,499 for the Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB, integrated GPU version, and the 15″ model will retail at a starting price of $2,499 for the Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB, dedicated GPU version.