You probably woke up this morning, surprised by the fact that Microsoft had announced two new models of its Surface Book line. The Surface Book 2 won't be out to retail for a little while, but we can give you the rundown of its specifications and pricing to offer you a better idea of the options available. If you want to get a feel for them, you can head to our hands-on to get the full details.
So there are four models of the 13.5-inch and three models of the 15-inch Surface Book 2. As far as the design goes, the they are both identical, offer the metal chassis, removable display, and keyboard dock that offers USB Type-C, SD card slot, and full size USB ports.
The 13.5-inch Surface Book 2:
- 13.5-inch - Intel Core i5 - 256GB - 8GB RAM - Intel HD Graphics 620 - $1,499
13.5-inch - Intel Core i7 - 256GB - 8GB RAM - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 - $1,999
13.5-inch - Intel Core i7 - 512GB - 8GB RAM - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 - $2,499
13.5-inch - Intel Core i7 - 1TB - 8GB RAM - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 - $2,999
As you can see from the pricing above, the Surface Book 2 starts off at $1,499 and jumps an additional $500 when moving up in tier. For those that are looking for something simple, mainly for typing, web browsing and the like, the base model option should provide plenty of power. But, if you require more , the quad-core i7 models are an extremely tempting option. As far as graphics power goes, each will come with the same GeForce GTX 1050, but will get a bump in the internal storage. If you're looking for more RAM, at this point you'll need to step up to the 15-inch models.
- 15-inch - Intel Core i7 - 256GB - 8GB RAM - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 - $2,499
- 15-inch - Intel Core i7 - 512GB - 16GB RAM - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 - $2,899
- 15-inch - Intel Core i7 - 1TB - 16GB RAM - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 - $3,299
With the 15-inch model, not only do you get more screen real estate, but you also get a jump in RAM in the two higher models, and a better graphics card with the GTX 1060. But, you can see the prices will be a tad higher, meaning it's up to you to decide whether the added cost is worth it. Although Microsoft took the time to unveil these laptops today, you won't be able to order them just yet. Instead, you'll have to wait until November 9, when they will be made available to pre-order from the Microsoft Store and other retailers.