The second-generation Surface Book has just been unveiled. This will sport the latest Intel “Kaby Lake” Core processors and be available with a larger touchscreen. The new Surface Book 2 will be a premium device with a price tag to match.
Although both the Surface Pro and the Surface Book can be classified as 2-in-1 tablet/laptop devices, their emphasis is different. The Surface Pro models are tablets that can be converted into notebooks with an optional keyboard, but the Surface Book models are laptops with removable screens that can be used as tablets.
The original Surface Book debuted two years ago, and was available only with a 13.5-inch display. The second generation will still include a model in that size, with a 3000 by 2000 pixel resolution at 267 PPI. A new 15-inch version will have a 3240 x 2160, 260 PPI display. Naturally, both support Surface Pen and Surface Dial.
Beyond the obvious size change, Microsoft has made various tweaks. It says the fulcrum hinge is more stable, for example.
The 13.5 inch version of the Surface Book 2 will weigh 3.4 pounds, while the new the 15-inch version will be 4.2 lbs. Without their keyboard bases, these will be 1.6 lb. and 1.8 lb. tablets,, respectively.
All versions will include a pair of USB Type-A ports, and one USB-C port. This won’t support Thunderbolt 3, instead being available to charge the Surface Book 2, or drive an external monitor. A Surface Connect port will be the primary way to power this computer.
An SD card reader and a headphone jack will also be on all versions. The tablet and its keyboard will communicate over the proprietary Surface connector. A 5 megapixel front-facing camera will support the Windows Hello bio-metric security system.
The keyboard will be backlit, with 1.6 mm of travel.
At the heart of Microsoft’s latest will be Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 or 1060 discrete graphics options. The 15-inch model will only be available with an 8th-generation i7-8650U, 4.2GHz “max turbo” processor and 16 GB of RAM. It will sport an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of graphics memory.
The base model 13.5-inch Surface Pro 2 will have a 7th-gen i5-7300U and 8 GB of RAM, or it can be configured with the same processor and RAM as the 15-inch iteration. Those who choose this second option will get an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 2 GB of graphic memory.
No matter the screen size, shoppers will have a choice of 256 GB, 512 GB, or a 1TB SSD.
Microsoft promises a whopping 17 hours of video playback when used with the keyboard dock, or 5 hours as a tablet.
The 13.5-inch version of this tablet/notebook will be available for pre-order starting November 9 in the U.S. and select other markets around the world. The Surface Book 2 15” will go up from pre-order exclusively in the U.S. Orders can be placed only from Microsoft itself. The company promises that delivery will begin on November 16.
The base model 13.5-inch version will be $1,499. The 15-inch one will start at $2,499.