Microsoft has just unveiled its latest Surface Book 2 which it claims has five times more graphics processing power than the earlier Surface Book which first appeared in 2015. At a glance, the new Surface Book 2 looks almost identical to its predecessor. However, it does have some subtle improvements here and there. This includes a better backlit keyboard and flexible hinge. The hinge was designed in such a way that it extends the horizontal base of the laptop. Since the detachable screen is heavier than the rest of the unit, this hinge design helps in stability.
The Surface Book 2 will also be shipped with the latest Microsoft Windows 10 Creators and come in two options — 13.5″ and 15″ displays. Besides that, the Surface Book 2 will come ready with Windows Mixed Reality which is a combination of Microsoft’s Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies.
At the heart of both models are Intel 8th generation processors. The 15″ version will feature Intel Core i7 8650U clocked at 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GB for handling graphics. RAM is at a generous 16GB and storage comes in 3 options — 256GB, 512GB and 1TB SSD. With that kind of processing power, the Surface Book 2 should have no problems handling high power applications such as video editing and graphics intensive software. In fact, Microsoft claims that it is actually twice as fast as the latest MacBook Pro. The lower end 13.5″ version features a Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM.
The Surface Book 2 can run on 17 hours on a single charge and has plenty of connectivity features such as Bluetooth 4.1, USB-C and USB-A ports, an SD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also has a 5MP front camera and a 8MP rear camera.
Both 15″ and 13.5″ versions of the Surface Book 2 are expected to be available on November 16 with pre-orders starting on November 9. Pricing for the 13.5″ starts from $1499 while the 15″ starts from $2499.