Microsoft has officially released a peek at their much anticipated Surface Book 2, the latest in the company’s flagship laptop series, and people are pretty excited about what they have to offer this time around.
Surface Book 2, a Premium Laptop Model
If there is anything that Microsoft has been promising in the past several months of hype, it is a premium featured and powerful device. In a time when laptop releases haven’t been impressive for awhile, the anticipation was pretty intense. Now we have something to really dive into and so far the reviews have been pretty solid.
There is no doubt that they aimed for the high end market, which won’t win them any users from those who prefer a lower or middle price range in their systems. But with hardware getting more high performing and Apple going the other way with a $5,000 Macbook Pro, this could be a bridge between the two sides and show just where middle market is now going to rest.
You have two options for sizing: a 13.5″ compact or a 15″ full display. Both clock in as high resolution devices, with the 15″ holding 3240 x 2160, 260 ppi, with a 3:2 aspect ratio, and the 13.5″ holding 3000 x 2000, 267 ppi, with a 3:2 aspect ratio. They have definitely taken advantage of the graphics power of a laptop, so everything looks pretty intense.
The smaller of the two come with a 8 GB or 16 GB RAM model. The 15″ is 16 GB RAM. Both have a quad-core 4.2 GHz Max Turbo 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650U processor. But the 13.5″ also has a 3.5 GHz Max Turbo 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300U dual-core processor, giving it a bit of extra oomph where power is concerned. No word on why they chose to hold back on the larger model. Add all of that to a pretty damn good GPU setup and this will be a great media and gaming laptop.
Everything else is what you would hope for given the price: Solid state drives in 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 TB. A decent battery life of 17 hours video playback. Two cameras at 5 MP and 8 MP respectively. It has two USB 3,1 and one USB-C connectors, full size SD reader and all the usual sensors.
All of this sounds pretty good, but here comes the bad part: for the lowest model you are looking at $1,500. The highest end is $2,500, which while expected for the specs above is still going to be far out of range for many consumers.
The launch date for Surface Book 2 is set for November 16, 2017, well ahead of the speculated date of 2018 we had before.