Meet Microsoft Surface Book 2, the all-new and the most powerful Surface device ever created by the Redmond giant. Microsoft today surprised everyone with the announcement of the new Surface Book 2 along with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. While the device was supposed to arrive next year, Microsoft today unveiled the Surface Book 2 in a blog post by Panos Panay while it was demoed to the press last week in the New York City.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 – The most powerful Surface Book ever
Surface Book 2 is the ultimate Windows 10 you have been waiting for, the Book 2 removes the barrier between the desktop and the laptop. Surface Book hasn’t been updated with major makeover while the spec is still very decent. For the first time, Microsoft is launching the Surface Book 2 in two variants; the small variant comes with 13.3-inch and the bigger one has a 15-inch display.
The successor to the Surface Book released in 2015 brings major improvements to the hardware and performance. The hardware has refinements and once again Microsoft trolled Apple by calling the Surface Book 2 is twice powerful as the MacBook Pro. “Surface Book 2 has fives times more graphics performance than the original and is twice as powerful as the MacBook Pro,” Microsoft writes.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 Specifications
You’ll never have to compromise with the performance as the dual-core or quad-core 8th generation Intel Kaby Lake processor powers the second-generation Surface Book devices. The new Surface Book 2 also comes with the NVIDIA GeForce GPUs and offers a great battery life compared to the original Surface Book. As Windows 10 operating system with Fall Creators Update has been optimized for best battery life, the Surface Book offers up to 17 hours of battery life, however, it is only 5 hours in tablet mode.
The Surface Book 2 features a display with PixelSense technology. On the 13.5-inch display model, it has a resolution of 3000×2000 with 267 PPI whereas the display is far better on the larger 15-inch model with a resolution of 3240 x 2160 resolution (260 PPI).
For the first time, Microsoft is using the USB-C port on the Surface Book series, the Surface Book supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 and this power in-out and the USB-C port.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 Design
Microsoft hasn’t introduced any new design with the Surface Book 2, it is still the same original Surface Book but Microsoft has improved the design and it looks much better than ever before. Overall the design of the Surface Book 2 isn’t very different as we noted above, Microsoft has refined the iconic Surface Book, it looks somewhat impressive.
“Every detail of the iconic Surface Book design has been refined, from the Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge for a more stable touch experience to the improved, backlit keyboard and flexibility of both USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports,” Panos Panay explains.
The Surface Book 2 is a 4-in-1 device, you can use it in laptop mode, tablet mode, studio mode and lastly view mode. Microsoft has defined the four factors of the Surface Book 2 in the above image. “Surface Book 2 is a robust laptop, powerful tablet, and portable studio that adapts to the ways you work and create best,” Microsoft explains.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 Price
The Surface Book 2 is a bit costly but it is worth every single penny. Microsoft has announced that the Surface Book 2 price depends on the configuration you’ll choose. The device with a 13-inch display, dual-core Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM + 256GB of storage will retail for $1.499. On the other hand, the 15-inch model of the Surface Book 2 will cost you more despite it has the same specs as we noted above, dual-core Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM + 1TB storage variant is also available in 15-inch series.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 Release Date
So when is the ultimate Windows 10 device, the Surface Book 2 coming? Pumped Panos Panay revealed that the Surface Book 2 release date is November 16, 2017, for both models.
The Surface Book 2 13″ will be available for pre-order on November 9 in the United States and other markets. On the other hand, the Surface Book 2 15″ will be available for pre-order on the same day but it appears that it will first ship to the United States customers and later to the additional markets.