Microsoft has released the first Surface Book premium hybrid laptop in October 2015. The device came with a detachable screen, support for the Surface Pen, it was powered by Intel’s dual core Skylake processor and it ran on Windows 10 Professional out of the box.
Microsoft has also offered a more powerful configuration with a GPU from Nvidia priced at $1,700. Now, fans are eagerly waiting for the release of the Surface Book 2, and they’re hoping that the manufacturer has solved the problems with the Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge.
On October 26, Microsoft has hosted a Windows 10 event and with this occasion, it unveiled the upgraded version of the Surface Book hybrid, which was named the Surface Book i7. The new device will offer up to 16 hours of battery life, which is 30 percent more than the original laptop, but it will run on the same chip as Apple’s Macbook range, and this is why is was named “i7”.
Microsoft didn’t want to wait until next year, when the seventh generation Kaby Lake series from Intel will hit the market, so it opened pre-orders for the new Surface Book on the Microsoft Store. The pricing starts at $2,399 (8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD), and the highest price is $3,299 (16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD). Others will prefer the MacBook with a Touch Bar because it’s much cheaper, costing $1,799.
The Surface Book i7 has a second fan and set of hyperbolic cooling fins, to cool down the extra batteries, while other specs don’t seem changed, as the display has the same size of 13.5-inch with a resolution of 3,000×2,000 pixels (267 ppi). The laptop offers a headset jack, a Mini Displayport, a full-size SD card reader and two full-size USB 3.0 ports.
If you’ll pre-order the new Surface Book from the Microsoft Store, you’ll receive the unit on November 10.