Microsoft has unveiled the much anticipated Surface Book 2, positioning it as the laptop of the future. The newest Surface Book 2 comes two years after the launch of the original Surface Book, and was unveiled alongside the launch of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The device is powerful enough for the next wave of computing, characterized by mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning and immersive gaming, said Microsoft Devices Corporate Vice President Panos Panay. The Redmond-based giant backs the power of the Surface Book 2 by adding 8th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options. Microsoft claims that the Surface Book 2 is five times more powerful that the original and twice as powerful as Apple's latest MacBook Pro.
The company also says that despite the powerful innards, the Surface Book 2 is designed for ease of mobility with the 13.5-inch model weighing in at roughly 1.5kg, and the 15-inch option at around 1.9kg. The PixelSense Display adds multi-touch, Surface Pen and Surface Dial on-screen support as well. As for connectivity, the Surface Book 2 features two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, a full-size SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both the variants support Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Xbox Wireless built-in (for 15-inch models), among other things. There's also a 5-megapixel front camera with 1080p video support, and an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video and autofocus.
There are seven different variants for the Surface Book 2 with various configurations. The 13.5-inch display is offered in a choice of 256GB SSD with Intel Core i5 processor; 256GB SSD with Intel Core i7; 512GB SSD with Intel Core i7; and 1TB SSD with Intel Core i7. The 15-inch display model comes in a choice of 256GB SSD with Intel Core i7; 512GB SSD with Intel Core i7; and 1TB SSD with Intel Core i7. The Surface Book comes in magnesium casing, and in silver colour option. The base 13-inch model starts at $1,499, and $2,499 for the 15-inch.