Microsoft Surface Book 2 Release Date, News & Update: Design Issues Push Debut to 2017

By Snooky Grawls , Updated Aug 02, 2016 08:57 AM EDT

The follow-up to the Microsoft Surface Book 2 was initially believed to b coming out sometimes this year. Unfortunately folks who were looking forward to its release will have to wait a bit longer with reports claiming that the second generation laptop’s release has been moved to 2017.

Picking off from the success of the Microsoft Surface Book, the successor is expected to come with a revamped design. With that said, Mobipicker claims that this could be one of the causes for the delay which have pushed the release date to the second quarter of 2017.

No official word from Microsoft

For its part, Microsoft has yet to issue an official statement on the Microsoft Surface Book 2’s real status, particularly on the design changes. It is believed that the sequel will be thinner and lighter than the first Microsoft Surface Book, armed with big improvements from within.

The Surface Book 2 is expected to come with better processors and feature power-saving enhancements. Other speculated features include a 4K resolution display and possibly the integration of a USB-C port. It could also come witih 16 GB of RAM and 500 GB of internal storage.

Waiting for Kaby Lake too?

Speaking of an expected more powerful processor, another possible reason for the delay is that Microsoft may be waiting for the official release of the Intel Kaby Lake processors. It is expected to require fewer components that can achieve similar or better results that current chipsets offer.

GTX 10 Series GPU included?

Aside from the processors, a reliable GPU will expectedly be needed. With due consideration on the expected thin make, the Surface Book 2 could make use of a GTX 1060 at the minimum backing up the second gen laptop.

These are the latest murmurs for the Microsoft Surface Book 2 though the meat of it all is that it is not expected to hit the shelves this year, Ubergizmo reported. Specs could change in the coming months so check back for more updates.

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