While we knew everything there was to know well in advance of the official announcements of all the hot new high-end phones around, and even Microsoft spilled the beans on the fifth-gen Surface Pro a few days ahead of its formal debut, the Surface Book 2 just came out of nowhere. This is a bold claim and I'll need additional hands-on time with the laptop before I can say if that figure is accurate or not. The new 15-inch Surface Book 2 ($2,499) has a 2160p screen, is powered by a speedy 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, and packs Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics for gaming and VR capabilities. Microsoft will be offering two versions of the Surface Book 2 - one with a 13-inch display and the other with a 15-inch display. The 15-inch model complements one of Microsoft's other recent high-powered devices, the $2,999 Surface Studio, which came out a year ago. Users will still be able to detach the display portion of the device and use it as a tablet, or have it attached to the keyboard and have a traditional laptop experience.
The 15-inch touch panel is only slightly higher-resolution than its smaller counterpart, at 3,240 x 2,160.
Games on the Surface Book 2 are delivered in full HD at 60fps and the 15-inch model has built-in Xbox Wireless support, so you can use your Xbox controller without having to attach any dongles.
It has a backlit keyboard, works with the Surface Pen, and will be compatible with the coming Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
The original Surface Book had a troubled launch: Early adopters found that the device was riddled with bugs, but Microsoft didn't respond with a fix until several months later.
In addition, the two configurations feature really impressive graphics with its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU that comes with 2GB GDDR5 graphics memory. The newly updated hybrid laptop is faster, has more screen modes as well as being a 15 inch model.
The company has now produced a brand-new successor to the original Surface Book, with refreshed hardware and a couple of key design changes to tempt fans. The company says both models will get 17 hours of battery life with the detached tablet lasting five hours on its own, a huge improvement from the original model. The 13-inch kicks off with a Core i5-7300U 3.2GHz with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB PCIe SSD; more interesting are the Core i7-8650U models, which can be had with 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. But the company now upgraded the Surface lineup with new Surface Book 2. That compares to Apple's 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros at 3.02-pounds and 4.02-pounds.
In a nutshell, the Surface Book 2 is one of the most powerful convertible laptops.
The pricing for the 13-inch base model starts at $1,499 while the pricing for the 15-inch model starts at $2,499.
The Surface Book 2 will be available on November 16th, for a starting price of $1,499.