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Microsoft Surface Book 2 announced: Everything you need to know

Microsoft Surface Book 2 announced: Everything you need to know

Microsoft's Surface Book has grown long in the tooth, to put it mildly: the base model hasn't been touched since 2015, and even the Performance Base version was really just a higher trim level instead of a true follow-up. The display also doesn't wobble while typing on an uneven surface.

The new Surface Book 2 are listed on the Microsoft Online store but without pricing. As far as portability, the Surface Book 2 is thicker and heavier. Whenever Panay sees somebody using a Surface - in a coffee shop, at his son's little league tournament, wherever - he walks up, and without introducing himself, just asks them to "tell me about what that is". However the mechanism for that has been improved, and you don't have to hold your finger down on the button any more.

Now, Microsoft wants its Surface Book to be that device.

Surface Book 2 looks quite similar though not identical to Microsoft's original Surface Book.

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On the other side there are still two USB 3.1 Type-A ports.

Both laptops retain a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Then again, maybe I could overlook that for the wave of extra power. Microsoft calls it "twice as powerful" as the MacBook Pro, and the company seems to be targeting Apple even more aggressively than it did previous year, retaining the Surface Book's USB-A ports and SD card reader while adding USB-C support. The Surface Book 2 13 is apparently three times more powerful than the original Surface Book. Each version can be had with quad-core 8th generation Core i7 processors, which are significantly faster than their dual-core predecessors.

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The 13-inch system is available with either a 7th generation Kaby Lake i5-7300U processor or an "8th generation" Kaby Lake-R i7-8650U processor. That chip boasts a 4.2 GHz Turbo speed and a 1.9 GHz base clock.

The maximum amount of memory has doubled, up to 16GB, while the largest amount of storage remains a 1TB SSD. Undock the tablet, meanwhile, and you should see 5 hours the company says.

The new Surface Book 2 comes with a Nvidia GeForce GPU update and a battery of increased capacity.

The 13-inch Surface Book 2 has a screen resolution of 3,000 x 2,000, while the 15-inch model has 3,240 x 2,160. Both machines will offer support for Microsoft's Surface Pen and Dial peripherals. Both predictably support 10-finger touch gestures. That apart Microsoft seems to have retained the focus on creators and is thus releasing the laptop with a new version of the Windows 10 Creators update. Pre-orders for both devices will open November 9.

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With a starting price of Dollars 1499 (about RM 6331), the new Surface Book 2 will be released in United States starting from mid-November.