Today, Microsoft took the wraps off its range-topping Surface Book 2 laptop. The 2-in-1 Windows 10 laptop will be available with a 13-inch and a 15-inch display, with the latter being a first for the Surface Book family.
The newcomers have retained the head-grabbing design and all-metal build of the original Surface Book, defined by a beautifully designed hinge and a detachable display.
The spec sheets of both Surface Book 2 models will be headlined by eighth-generation Intel quad-core processors, which deliver a massive boost in power over the previous Surface Book, while being energy-efficient (both variants are rated to deliver up to 17 hours of battery life). The 13.5-inch model is available with 8 or 16 GB of RAM, while the 15-inch variant comes solely with 16 GB of RAM.
Graphics performance is an area where the Surface Book 2 has made a massive leap over the model it replaces. The 15-inch model in particular packs a serious gaming punch, courtesy of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6 GB of memory. It allows the sleek notebook to play graphic-intensive Windows 10 games — including Forza 7 — at Full HD resolution and at 60 frames per second. The 13.5-inch model has an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. Both notebooks have a high-quality PixelSense touchscreen panel, which supports the Surface Pen and the Surface Dial accessories. The 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 display has a resolution of 3,000 by 2,000 pixels like its predecessor, while the 15-inch model features 3,240 by 2,160 pixels.
The wired connectivity options of the new notebooks include a duo of full USB ports, an SD card slot, and a USB-C 3.1 port. The latter is available on a Surface notebook for the first time. The Surface Book 2 will run Windows 10 Pro with the latest Fall Creators Update out of the box. The latest updates to the platform include a number of significant improvements, including the addition of support for mixed-reality headsets, 3D productivity tools, and vastly better gaming experiences.
Pre-orders of the duo of new notebooks will kick off on November 9, with retail availability set to begin the following week. Pricing will start at $1,499 for a 13.5-inch Surface Book, while the more capable 15-inch model will command a $1,000 premium and start at $2,499.