Surface Book i7 – What’s new?

Microsoft has announced the updated Surface Book i7 laptop, which the company says is twice as powerful as the current top-end MacBook Pro model.

The name derives from the presence of the Intel Core i7 processors on board, but it’s last year’s Skylake processor rather than the forthcoming 7th-generation Kaby Lake.

Although not an official Surface Book 2 (which will probably arrive next Spring) Microsoft says the i7 is twice as powerful as last year’s original edition.

The 10-point multi-touch hybrid laptop, famed for its fulcrum hinge design, boasts a GPU that’s twice as powerful as the first Surface Book.

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There’s 30 per cent longer battery life than the 2015 Surface Book, with Microsoft promising 16 hours.

Microsoft sticks with the 13.5-inch PixelSense display, which has 6 million pixels (3000 x 2000/267 PPI), a higher resolution than the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Naturally, the Surface Pen comes as standard.

The new Surface Book is out next month on the 10th November, but it’s already up for pre-order on the Microsoft Store.

The Surface Book with Performance Base laptop starts at a rather substantial $2,399 (256GB / Intel Core i7 – 8GB / dGPU) right up to $3,299 for a 1TB HD. That’s around £1,962/£2,700 in worthless Brexit money.

The price is also a substantial leap on the original, which is now available for as little as $1,349.

Your move, Apple.

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