When it was unveiled to the world in October 2015, Microsoft deemed Surface Book as its “ultimate laptop”. Featuring a rather interesting approach to convertible form factor and equally elaborate hinge design, the company has finally announced the successor to the device.
Called Surface Book 2, it looked just like the original Surface Book. However, the new Surface Book 2 can be obtained with a bigger 15-inch 3240×2160 PixelSense display instead of just 13.5-inch 3000×2000 option. Other than that, the new model is also packed even more firepower than its predecessor given its new set of CPU and GPU.
Alongside Intel Core i7-8650U with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB PCI-based solid state drive, the 13.5-inch variant features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB for the 13.5-inch model while the 15-inch option carries an even beefier GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics. Interestingly though, Microsoft does offer the 13.5-inch variant with lower-end Intel Core i5-7300U chip which also does not come with dedicated GPU.
Nevertheless, all Surface Book 2 models do come with one USB Type-C port although too bad that it doesn’t support Thunderbolt 3. In terms of battery life, Microsoft claimed that the Surface Book 2 is able to provide up to 17 hours of video playback.
With a starting price of USD 1499 (about RM 6331), the new Surface Book 2 will be available in United States starting from mid-November onwards. Its availability in Malaysia is not yet known at the moment although we don’t expect it to be released in our market any time soon either.