Microsoft Upgrades Surface Studio 2 With High-End Hardware

Microsoft is bringing another update to its collaboration-centered Surface Studio. Like the more mobile Surface Laptop 2 and Pro 6, the new Surface Studio 2 features more improvements under the hood than on the outside, which is expected given the first Surface Studio was announced way back in October 2016.

Design

At the top still sits a large 28-inch touchscreen, with a crisp 4500 x 3000 resolution. However, the panel now has individual transistors controlling each pixel this time around.

Microsoft Surface Studio 2 Design

As a result, it boasts an increased peak brightness of 38%, as well as improvements to the contrast by 22%, with support for sRGB and DCI-P3 profiles. Also, the touchscreen supports 4096 levels of sensitivity.

Hardware Upgrade

Under the hood, you get a slightly-aging 7th-generation 2.9 GHz quad-core Core i7-7820HQ Kaby Lake processor, with a peak clock of 3.9 GHz.


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There are now 16 or 32 GB RAM configurations, with storage being provided by SSDs of either 1 or 2 TB. Graphical needs are fulfilled by either a 6 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or an 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070.

It’s the graphics which should be the biggest hardware upgrade, being 50% faster than before. The CPU won’t be the fastest you’ll see in an AiO this year, unfortunately. For connections, you get USB-C (uncanny for Microsoft, we know), as well as built-in support for Xbox One wireless controller, just because.

Microsoft Surface Studio 2

Other aspects remain the same. The display still supports tilting, so the machine can be used in a range of modes.

Price

Pricing starts at $3499, which is absolutely what you’d expect, though, the best model will retail for $4799. The first-gen model started at $3000, by comparison. The company says you can expect the Surface Studio 2 to go on sale come November.

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