Surface Book 2 flies higher with eighth-gen Core and Pascal

Microsoft Expands Surface Family with 15in Surface Book 2

The new Surface Book 2 aims to offer the power of laptop, versatility of a tablet, and freedom of a portable studio. The company says both models will get 17 hours of battery life with the detached tablet lasting five hours on its own, a huge improvement from the original model. The refresh should also be significantly more powerful than its predecessors, with available 8th-generation quad-core processors that Microsoft claims make the Surface Book 2 twice as fast as the MacBook Pro.

The i5 version comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe SSD storage; the i7 comes in three RAM/storage configurations: 8GB and 256GB; 16GB and 512GB; and 16GB and 1TB. The 13-inch model comes in Intel i5 and with 8 GB RAM base model and Intel i7 with 16GB RAM base mode.

There's also an Xbox Elite wireless receiver built into the 15-inch Surface Book, so you can use the Xbox's controller to navigate virtual space in concert with with Microsoft-certified MR/VR headsets or while simply playing games.

These laptops come with USB-A, USB-C, and full-size SD card reader ports.

The Surface Book 2 is available in either 13.5-inch or 15-inch display configurations. Microsoft has managed to cut down the overall weight of the system too, with the 13-inch coming in at just 3.38lbs and the 15-inch weighing 4.2lbs.

Microsoft says its new hardware is powerful enough to "fuel the next wave of computing across mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and immersive gaming".

Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Devices Panos Panay has published a blog post about the new Surface laptop.

That's not the only benefit for creative professionals, as the Surface Book 2 looks set to continue the Surface range's reputation for superb displays.

The new Microsoft Surface Book 2 is the most powerful Surface Book to date.

As per the company's claim, the device can provide up to 17-hours of battery life on a single charge. If you want to connect the newer mode to an external display, you'll have to shell out for Microsoft's Surface Dock, which the company is now selling for nearly £200 at time of writing. If you do opt for a higher-end 13in with an i7, it will be an 8th generation chip but the GPU is the NVIDIA GTX 1050 with 2GB of GDDR5 of memory as opposed to the 15in version 1060 GPU with 6 GB of GDDR5.

The 15-inch Surface Book 2 features screen resolution of 3,240 x 2,160 pixels, with a pixel density of 260 PPI. Apple's are slightly less expensive, with its least expensive MacBook Pro retailing for US$1299 and 15-inch models starting at US$1999 - although the prices go up when you start picking out options. Preorders will start on November 9th, and the Surface Book 2 will launch in stores on November 16th.

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 starts at $1,499 for the 13-inch model and $2,499 for the 15-inch model.

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