A few weeks ago, Microsoft started offering the Surface Book 2 with an eighth-generation Core i5, priced at $1,499 and including 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. Previously, you had to choose the Core i7 SKU if you wanted the quad-core, eughth-gen CPU, and the Core i5 was a dual-core, seventh-generation model.
Now, you can get that model with a Core i5-8350U, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD for just $1,299. Moreover, pretty much all of the Surface Book 2 models have been marked down by $200. That means that the 15-inch Surface Book 2 now starts at $2,299, including an eighth-gen Core i7, 16GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU.
The interesting thing is that these price cuts are seemingly permanent. There's nothing on the listing that indicates that this is a deal or that the prices are temporarily marked down.
The only models where the original price remains the same are the ones with the older seventh-generation Core i5 CPUs. The base model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is still $1,149; however, while the one with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage is normally $1,499 (a price it will probably never actually see again), that has been marked down to $1,099 until May 4. Presumably, that model will continue to be discounted until it sells out and the one with the eighth-gen Core i5 is the only one left.
To check out the Surface Book 2 on the Microsoft Store, you can find it here.