Along with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft announced a refresh of their most powerful notebook. With two new sizes, the Surface Book 2 is now a competitor to Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The Surface Book 2 comes in two sizes: 13.5- and 15-inch. While the overall design remains loyal to its predecessor, it sports a new processor and graphics card. There’s really no fuss about the new Surface Books — just simple and powerful.
The 13.5-inch version, which has a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels, has the latest eight-generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB of memory and up to 1TB SSD. The Core i7 option has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics with 2GB memory.
As for the bigger 15-inch version with its 3240 x 2160 display, you get the option to have an eight-generation Intel Core i7 processor and still with up to 16GB of memory and 1TB SSD. It has a more powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chip with 6GB of memory. That’s a lot of processing and graphics power for a laptop.
Both share a claimed 17 hours of battery life when used for watching videos. Since this is still a convertible, the tablet has a separate battery that can last for five hours under the same circumstances. They have two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C, a proprietary Surface connect, full-size SD card reader, and audio port.
There are two cameras on board: an 8-megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front. Other features present on the new Surface Book 2 are Windows Hello login, Dolby Atmos, and a backlit keyboard.
The Surface Book 2 sits on top of the Surface devices when it comes to power. It can easily handle virtual reality and augmented reality, or “Mixed Reality” as Microsoft calls it. The PixelSense display with multi-touch supports the new Surface Pen and the Surface Dial.
The 13.5-inch model starts at US$ 1,499, while the 15-inch starts at US$ 2,499. Both will be available for pre-order on November 9 in the US and other markets.