The silver coloured Surface Book 2 comes with magnesium casing, while retaining the design language of Surface Book.
Without much fanfare, unlike most other launches, Microsoft has released an update of its Surface Book, two years after this laptop became available, with the launch of two laptops of different sizes. The 13.5-inch display laptop has been priced at $1,500 (approx. ₹97,600), while the 15-inch variant has been priced at $2,500 (approx. ₹1,62,700). Pre-orders for both variants are scheduled to begin on November 9. The laptops come with Surface Pen support, which needs to be purchased separately and has been priced at $99 (approx. ₹6,500).
The company stated that these laptops were designed for the “creators making the future,” and is expected to compete with Apple’s MacBook Pro, which is apparently the “gold standard” for artists and professionals. The silver coloured Surface Book 2 comes with magnesium casing, while retaining the design language of Surface Book.
The latest offering from Microsoft comes soon after the company partnered with Amazon to unveil a deep-learning interface, Gluon, which is aimed at speeding up the process of building machine learning models.
The Surface Book 2 Packs a Punch
Microsoft stated that these laptops were “powerful enough” to “fuel the next wave of computing,” empowering “designers, developers, artists, and scientists to imagine and build without limits and without compromises. To achieve more.”
The 13.5-inch variant is powered by a 7th generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, clocked at 3.5GHz, while the 15-inch model runs on the 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, clocked at 4.20GHz on Max Turbo. In terms of graphics, the former variant comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU with 2GB of VRAM, while the latter comes integrated with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU with 6GB of VRAM.
With PixelSense Ultra HD resolution displays that offer aspect ratio of 3:2, the Surface Book 2 has built-in support for Xbox Wireless. The 13.5-inch variant offers screen resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels, while the 15-inch variant offers 3240 x 2160 pixels. In addition, both variants come with three SSD storage options, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
Microsoft highlighted that these laptops had been integrated with Enterprise-grade protection with the facial recognition functionality via Windows Hello. The laptops come with a dedicated Windows Hello camera that has been placed in the front of the devices.
Additional Features & Specs
Both variants of Surface Book 2 include the latest 64-bit Windows Pro Creators Update. And for connectivity, apart from Wi-Fi, there is Bluetooth 4.1, 1 USB Type C port and 2 USB 3.1 ports, along with 2 Surface Connect ports, a 3.5mm audio jack and an SD card reader. Both variants are also compatible with Surface Dial.
In terms of cameras, the devices have an 8MP rear camera, with autofocus and 1080 Full HD video recording facility, and a 5MP front camera with 1080 pixels HD video capabilities. In addition, the laptops come with dual microphones, as well as Dolby Audio Premium speakers that are front-facing.
At a thickness of around 23mm, the laptops weigh in at about 1.9 kg, and can be transformed to tablet mode whenever needed by rotating the screen. And when it comes to the battery, Microsoft claims that its Surface Book 2 can last for up to 17 hours on a single charge on continue video playing mode.