After a fairly stagnant few quarters, Microsoft’s Surface line-up is stepping up its game today with the launch of the new Surface Book
The biggest addition undoubtedly is the launch of the new 15-inch model to go along with a 13-inch one, which is the largest in the series to date. Both are much more powerful than before and share their own respective set of specs.
New 15-inch Model
Surface Book 2 13-inch and 15-inch
The 15-inch Surface Book 2 is the beefier of the two. Its display comes with a 3240 x 2160 resolution which is, as expected, touch enabled. Under the hood, you get the Core i5-8650U processor as well as the optional higher-end Core i7 offering.
For graphics, you get Intel UHD Graphics 620 or an optional 6 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. Storage SSD options range between 256 to 1 TB, with RAM options set at either 8 or 16 GB 1866MHz DDR3.
The Smaller Surface
For the smaller variant, you get 3000 x 2000 res. display on the front. Under the hood you get the i5-7300U on the base model, with further i5 models available (no Core i7 here). For graphics you get either the UHD Graphics 620 on the base model, or an optional GTX 1050 (2GB).
Both laptops feature touchscreens which are removable in tablet mode, as well as the iconic hinge which boosts productivity further. They are also compatible with the Surface Pen and Surface Dial accessories.
Battery Life and Price
For connectivity, you get USB-C (no Thunderbolt here), 2 USB-A 3.0 slots, SD card, audiojack, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the proprietary Surface connector. Battery life lasts for up to 17 hours of video playback, or 5 hours in tablet mode.
The 13-inch model starts at $1499, while the 15-inch model rather exorbitantly at $2499. There are few Windows laptops with better design today, thoug those new Nvidia Max-Q laptops look equally alluring.