Microsoft has finally unveiled its much-anticipated Surface Book 2 Convertible 2-in-1. Microsoft always promotes Surface Book lineup as its flagship level machine, which is meant to be used by professionals but did you see that the lineup never offered powerful 45W Quad-core processors onboard. However, it is not the case anymore, thanks to Intel’s 8th Gen processors. In addition, Microsoft has also decided to bring Surface Book in two screen sizes. Yes, hardcode Microsoft fans would rejoice after hearing this. The brand new Surface Book 2 comes in 13.5″ and 15″ models and both machines run Windows 10 Fall Creators update out of the box. Both the devices will be available for pre-order from November 9th in the USA.
As the name suggests, the Surface Book 2 13” is the smaller of the two devices with 13.5-inch (3000×2000 resolution) display, while the Surface Book 2 15” features 15-inch (3240×2160 resolution) display. The Surface Book 2 13” is powered by the Intel i5 (7th gen) processor with 8GB RAM (for the base model) and Intel i7 (7th gen) processor (for the high-end model) that also coupled with up to 16GB RAM and 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. Meanwhile, the high-end Surface Book 2 13″ model will be available in 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD storage options. The device measures at 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.9 inches and weighs at 1.6kg. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, 2 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C, SD card slot, Surface connect and 3.5mm audio jack with support for Dolby Atmos.
While the Surface Book 2 15″ is powered by 8th gen Intel Core i7 Quad-core processors clocked up to 4.2GHz and 6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. Yes, it’s VR-Ready now. The machine comes with 16GB of RAM and 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD storage options. Microsoft promises up to 17-hours of battery life on a single charge and up to 5-hours of battery life when it’s detached from the keyboard.
It also has a backlit keyboard, a 5MP front camera, and an 8MP rear camera for enhanced user experience. The Surface Book 2 15″ measures 13.5 x 9.87 x 0.9 inches and weighs at 1.9 kg laptop mode and 0.82 kg in tablet mode, respectively. In terms of connectivity, the device offers Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, 2 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C, SD card slot, Surface connect and 3.5mm audio jack with support for Dolby Atmos.
Microsoft says Surface Book 2 is powerful enough to handle the most popular PC games at 1080p and 60 FPS. Microsoft claims that the graphics performance is also matching with the game consoles like Xbox One in some cases. With built-in Xbox One Wireless support on the Surface Book 2 15”, you can pair your Xbox One controllers and compatible headsets to play without adding additional dongles. There is also included Windows Mixed Reality Ultra support on latest Surface Book models.
The Surface Book 2 13″ version price starts at $1499 for the Core i5 (7th Gen) + 8GB RAM + 256GB + GTX 1050 graphics (2GB) configuration, and the 15″ model will retail at a starting price of $2499 for the Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) + 8GB RAM + 256GB + GTX 1060 graphics (6GB) configuration. Surface Book 2 13” and 15″ models will be available in the United States at your local Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com from November 9th with the shipping begins on November 16th.
One other thing worth mentioning is that Microsoft also started rolling out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Windows 10 PCs across the world in phases, starting with newer machines first.
Source: Windows Blog