Microsoft Surface Book (1st Gen) came with a powerful Intel processor and several value-added features in 2016 and gave a stiff challenge to Apple MacBook series. Now, the newly launched successor aptly named Surface Book 2 has made its debut with a boatload of upgrades.

The new Microsoft Surface Book sports 13.5-inch PixelSense display similar to the 2016-series and also comes with bigger 15-inch size as well. As far as the exterior is concerned, it has a premium metallic shell and thermal settings of the device have been re-configured to dissipate heat more efficiently, particularly when the device is used during a graphics-intensive gaming session.

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Its armadillo-inspired 'dynamic fulcrum hinge' and innovative 'muscle wire locks' have been improved for easy detachment of the display from the keyboard.

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As far as the heart of the device -- the processor -- is concerned, Surface Book 2 houses a powerful, fast and efficient CPU than ever before. It comes with 7th Gen Intel Core i5/8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options. Surface Book 2 is said to be five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro, Microsoft claims.

It is backed by 8GB/16RAM and with such top-notch configurations, Surface Book 2 is well equipped to support 3D gaming, mixed reality and capable of performing functions seamlessly in others forms of work.

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Surface Book 2 will come with all-day battery life – up to 17 hours of video playback. That's 70 percent more than the latest MacBook Pro, the company noted.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 price and availability:

Both the 13.5-inch and 15-inch Surface Book 2 models will be made available in three configurations (check-below) with prices starting at $1,499 (approx. €1,270/Rs.97,557) and at $2,499 (€2,117/Rs 1,62,639), respectively. Model-specific price details are yet to be ascertained, but they will be available for pre-order from November 9 and delivery is slated to kick off on November 16. Interested people can check out Microsoft online store and authorised brick-and-mortar computers shops near your home.

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Key specifications of Microsoft Surface Book 2 and new Surface Book (2016):

Models Microsoft Surface Book 2 (2017) series Microsoft Surface Book (2016)
Display Model 1:
  • Screen: 13.5-inch PixelSense Display
  • Resolution: 3000 x 2000, (267 PPI)
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1600:1

Touch: 10-point multi-touch G5

Model 2:

  • Screen: 15-inch PixelSense Display
  • Resolution: 3240 x 2160, (260 PPI)
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1600:1
  • Touch: 10-point multi-touch G5
13.5-inch PixelSense display
  • Resolution: 3000 x 2000p
  • Pixel density: 267 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Touch: 10 point multi-touch
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Processor Model 1 and 2 come with two configurations:
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650U (quad-core) with up to 4.20 GHz Max Turbo
  • 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300U with up to 3.50 GHz Max Turbo
6th Gen Intel Core i7
  • Model 1 (13.5-inch): Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU, Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU, or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU w/2GB VRAM
  • Model 2 (15.0-inch): Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 memory
RAM 8GB or 16GB RAM 1866Mhz LPDDR3 8GB/16GB
Storage Solid state drive (SSD) options - 256GB/512GB/1TB Solid state drive (SSD) options - 256GB/512GB/1TB
Cameras, video and audio Camera:
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p Full HD video


  • Dual microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Windows Hello face sign-in camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video


  • Stereo microphone
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby audio Audio Premium
Battery Up to 17 hours of video playback Up to 16 hours of video playback
Wireless connectivity Wi-Fi: 802.11acBluetooth: BT4.1 LEXbox Wireless built-in (15.0-inch only) 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE
802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • 2 USB 3.0 Type A
  • USB Type-C
  • UHS-II SDXC card reader
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 2 Surface Connect
  • Surface Dial onscreen interaction
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  • Two full-size USB 3.0
  • Full-size SD card reader
  • Surface Connect
  • Headset jack
  • Mini Displayport
Add-ons Security:
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in


  • Casing: Magnesium
  • Color: Silver
  • Physical buttons: Volume, Power
  • TPM chip for enterprise security


  • Casing- Magnesium;
  • Color- Silver;
  • Physical buttons- Volume, Power
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Dimensions Model 1:
  • Model 1A: 13.5" (i5) 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.51–0.90 in. (312.00 x 232.00 x 13.00–23.00 mm)
  • Model 1A: 13.5" (i7) 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.59–0.90 in. (312.0 x 232.00 x 15.00–23.00 mm)

Model 2:

  • 15" (i7) 13.50 x 9.87 x 0.59–0.90 in. (343.00 x 251.00 x 15.00–23.00 mm)
312.3 x 232.1 x 13.0 - 22.8 mm
  • Model 1: 13.5": Starting at 3.38 lbs (1,534 g) including keyboard
  • Model 2: 15": Starting at 4.2 lbs (1,905 g) including keyboard
Package contents
  • Surface Book 2
  • Power supply
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
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  • Surface Pen
  • Power Supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents (one year limited hardware warranty)
(Model specific price is yet to be ascertained) Configuration: Model 1:
  • Model 1A: 256GB storage + 7th Gen Intel Core i5
  • Model 1B: 512GB storage + 8th Gen Intel Core i7
  • Model 1C: 1TB storage + 8th Gen Intel Core i7

Model 2:

  • Model 2A: 256 storage + 8th Gen Intel Core i7 
  • Model 2B: 512GB storage + 8th Gen Intel Core i7-
  • Model 2C: 1TB+ 8th Gen Intel Core i7
Model 1: 256GB storage+ Intel Core i7+ 8GB RAM+ dGPU- $2,399 (€2,199/Rs. 1,60,528)Model 2: 512GB storage+ Intel Core i7+ 16GB RAM+dGPU-$2,799 (€2,566/Rs. 1,87,295)Model 3: 1TB+Intel Core i7+ 16GB+dGPU-$3,299 (€3,024/Rs. 2,20,752)