Microsoft Surface Book 2: Everything you need to know
Microsoft has pulled a proverbial rabbit out of its hat, sneakily revealing the all-new Surface Book 2 in the US. Here’s everything we know so far in the UK, including the Surface Book 2’s release date, specs and price.
We thought rather highly of the first Surface Book when it was unveiled back in 2016, awarding it an impressive 8/10 score in our review. So it goes without saying we’re excited by what Microsoft’s latest high-end laptop has to offer. Now the company has updated the 13-inch model, and added a 15-inch version into the mix.
Introducing the product in an official Windows blog post, Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay describes it as “the most powerful Surface laptop yet” – but do the new device’s specs back up his claims?
There’s little reason to believe otherwise, at least until we’ve used the Surface Book 2 in full.
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Surface Book 2 Specs: How powerful is Microsoft’s 2017 Surface Book?
For starters, there’s a new-gen Intel 8th-gen ‘Coffee Lake’ Core processor on-board, complemented by GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options.
According to Microsoft, this makes the Surface Book 2 “five times more powerful than the original and…twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro.” We’ll be independently testing these claims when we review it shortly, but things look good on paper.
In terms of battery life, Microsoft is still boasting “all-day battery life” for the Surface Book 2, which is measured as “17 hours of video playback” – or 70% more than the latest MacBook Pro, if you take the Redmond-based firm’s assertions as gospel.
Here are the full specs for both the 13-inch and 15-inch devices.
|13.5-inch Surface Book 2||
15-inch Surface Book 2
|Base-spec CPU||Dual-core up-to 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 (fanless)||
Quad-core up-to 4.2GHz Intel Core i7
|Top-spec CPU||Quad-core up-to 4.2GHz Intel Core i7||–|
|Base-spec GPU||Intel 620||Intel 620|
|Top-spec GPU||2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050||
6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
|Storage||256, 512GB or 1TB SSD||
256, 512GB or 1TB SSD
|Screen||13.5-inch 3000×2000 touch screen||
15-inch 3240×2160 touch
|Memory||8-16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3||
8-16GB 1833MHz LPDDR3
|Ports||2x USB 3.0-A, USB-C, 3.5mm headset, Surface Connect, SDXC||
2x USB 3.0-A, USB-C, 3.5mm headset, Surface Connect, SDXC
|Security||Windows Hello camera||
Windows Hello camera
|Claimed battery||17hrs video playback||
17hrs video playback
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Surface Book 2 Release Date and Price: When does the 2017 Surface Book release in the UK?
Panay’s blog tells us that the 13-inch Surface Book 2 will go up for pre-order on November 9 in the US and “additional markets” – which we can safely assume will include the UK. The 15-inch variant will also go up for pre-order at the same time, but global availability has yet to be confirmed.
Surface Book 2 shipments will commence on November 16, and Microsoft has an October 31 UK event pencilled in, so European markets can expect to learn more then.
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