Microsoft Surface Book 2
We all remember the arrival of Microsoft’s Surface Book back in 2015. It got a lot of people excited but left an even greater number of them disappointed. It was believed that Microsoft abandoned its ambitions for the Surface Book. That was not to be. Having learned from their mistakes, Microsoft is back again and has announced the launch of Microsoft Surface Book 2. The Microsoft Surface Book 2 has a release date of November 16th.
The biggest problem and criticism faced by the first edition was the stability. The screen was not very stable when you kept it on your lap to get to work and wobbled a lot. Microsoft took note of the problem and that was one of the first things they worked on.
“The hinges are completely redesigned; it’s all from the learnings of the first one because you want more stability,” Microsoft’s Panos Panay, the creator of the Surface line and its VP of devices, said in an interview with Engadget. “We redesigned the connection mechanism, we went to ceramics; we lightened the whole product.”
Which One Is Right For You?
Starting at $1,499, the Surface Book 2 costs the same as the previous Surface Book. Though, with a total of seven configurations to choose from, the price is sure to go up from the mentioned figure. The 13.5-inch model alone will be available in four configurations. The cheapest of which comes with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-7300U processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe SSD storage space.
If you are looking to invest a bit more, you can get a 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-8650U. Add to that a 16GB of RAM and either 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of SSD space. This would be paired with the same 13.5-inch display and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card equipped with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Meanwhile, the 15-inch Surface Book 2 packs an i7-8650U chip, 16GB of RAM and either 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage. This option comes along with a GTX 1060 GPU sporting 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
Learned From Past Mistakes
Even though we are still unaware of all the details associated with the new launch. We can bet that Microsoft will have learned from their past mistakes in the two year period they spent on developing the new model.
“When we launched the Surface Book, we had some challenges from the silicon through the software,” Panay said. “This is why the Surface Book 2 is so important… Right now we look at Surface Book quality and it’s off the charts. Did it take some learning to get it to where we needed to be? Absolutely.”
Author: -Ali Vaqar. A budding engineer, wanting so much from life and making each day count.
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