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Microsoft just introduced the new Surface Book 2 to take on Apple’s MacBook Pro. The Surface Book 2 has the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options. Microsoft’s new laptop is up to five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro. All this power and Surface Book 2 still provides all-day battery life – up to 17 hours of video playback. That’s 70% more than the latest MacBook Pro.

The new level of performance provided by Surface Book 2, along with the all-day battery life is what will continue to make this product perfect for product designers, gamers, architects, and developers who need the power of a desktop but crave the mobility of a laptop that doesn’t weigh 8-10lbs. Surface Book 2 with the 13” weighs 3.38lbs and the 15” Surface Book 2 at 4.2lbs, there has never been this much computational power in a mobile form factor this light.

The 15” Surface Book 2 delivers almost seven million dazzling pixels – 45% more than the MacBook Pro – giving artists and professionals alike amazing pixel density on an even larger creative canvas.

The detachable display and hinge of Surface Book 2, have been redesigned to provide a smoother, faster detach into Tablet or Studio Mode. And when you detach to sketch an idea or watch a video, the Surface Book 2 turns into the world’s thinnest and lightest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 PC, giving customers a powerful portable studio for those who want a single, device that can follow you from concept to sketch to creation.

Surface Book 2 is powerful enough to handle the most popular PC games at 1080p and 60 FPS – in some cases matching the graphics performance of game consoles like Xbox One. With built-in Xbox One Wireless support on the 15” you can pair your Xbox One controllers and compatible headsets to play with no cords or additional dongles required.

Surface Book 2 is ready for Windows Mixed Reality Ultra. Connect a compatible headset and controller for apps and experiences with crisper visuals and a higher refresh rate (90 frames per second), including the highest-performance VR games.

The power of Surface Book 2 will help artists and professionals across the creative spectrum take their work to the next level. More power means faster renders and effects so you can make quick edits and decisions to get you to your finished work. And a deeper partnership with Adobe means even better integration between Surface Book 2 and the Adobe Creative Cloud, including new Surface Dial functionality coming to Photoshop to keep you in your flow and let you easily access and modify your most frequently used brush settings.

Microsoft said that pre-order of the Surface Book 2 at a Microsoft Store or retailer near you will begin November 9th in the United States and additional markets around the world for the Surface Book 2 13”, along with Surface Book 2 15” in the United States. Deliveries will begin on November 16th in United States.

Tech specs

Software Windows 10 Pro Creators Update 64-bit
Office 365 30-day trial
Dimensions
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)
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)
15” (i7) 13.50 x 9.87 x 0.59–0.90 in. (343.00 x 251.00 x 15.00–23.00 mm)
Weight
13.5”: Starting at 3.38 lbs (1,534 g) including keyboard
15”: Starting at 4.2 lbs (1,905 g) including keyboard
Storage4 Solid state drive (SSD) options: 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
Display Screen: 13.5” PixelSense Display
Resolution: 3000 x 2000, (267 PPI)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Contrast ratio: 1600:1
Touch: 10-point multi-touch G5Screen: 15” PixelSense Display
Resolution: 3240 x 2160, (260 PPI)
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Contrast ratio: 1600:1
Touch: 10-point multi-touch G5
Battery life Up to 17 hours of video playback1
Keyboard layout QWERTY
Processor
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
Graphics
13.5”: Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU, Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU, or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU w/2GB VRAM
15”: Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB VRAM
Security
HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
Memory 8GB or 16GB RAM 1866Mhz LPDDR3
Wireless
Wi-Fi: 802.11ac
Bluetooth: BT4.1 LE
Xbox Wireless built-in (15” only)
Ports
2 USB 3.0 Type A
USB Type-C
UHS-II SDXC card reader
3.5mm headphone jack
2 Surface Connect
Cameras, video, and audio
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
Exterior
Casing: Magnesium
Color: Silver
Physical buttons: Volume, Power
Sensors
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
What’s in the box
Surface Book 2
Power supply
Quick start guide
Safety and warranty documents
Warranty 1-year limited hardware warranty
Best-in-class support from Microsoft Store
30-day return policy
90-day free technical phone support
12 months in-store support and technical assistance
Free training session and Surface device health check