Microsoft Surface Book 2 Release Date, News & Update: New Laptop Arriving October 2016; Stunning New Specs, Features Expected for 'Ultimate Laptop'

By Kaye Reese , Updated Oct 23, 2016 07:14 AM EDT
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With the Windows 10 event in October, it's likely that Microsoft will be launching the highly anticipated Microsoft Surface Book 2 to follow its "ultimate laptop," the Surface Book hybrid launched in October 2015. As Microsoft users wait with bated breath on its release, here's the roundup of everything to expect from the upcoming Microsoft Surface Book 2: specs, features, price details, and more.

Specifications and hardware

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is largely expected to come with the new Intel Kaby Lake processor, which would power up a higher-definition 13.5-inch screen. It's expected to pack a 3,000 by 2,000 resolution, amped up by an Intel HD Graphics 520. The installation of the Intel Kaby Lake processors on the Microsoft Surface Book 2, however, might include support for 4K video playback and 3D graphics. It will also be able to support USB 3.1 Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 to improve CPU and GPU performance.

The Microsoft Surface Book 2, which is currently being marketed more as a laptop than a tablet, is also reported to sport a 16GB RAM, with a 1 TB internal memory variant. This would go well with its new 4K video support and features.

Other expected upgrades

Part of the expected upgrades from the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is of course a refresh in the design. While its predecessor, the Microsoft Surface Book, has been largely well-received by the general public, its Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge easily attracts dirt and grit.

According to TechRadar, there are two ways the tech giant can go for the Microsoft Surface Book 2: either a fully detachable screen from the keyboard, or a fully closeable laptop that wouldn't accumulate dirt. The first one is more likely, since the Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge has become an iconic look on the Surface Book series.

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 might also upgrade its battery life. Tests run by TechRadar, for example, showed that the laptop run from a range of four to eight hours. With the Microsoft Surface Book 2 4K video playback support as well as to power the new rechargeable Surface Pen, it's likely to amp up its power.

All of these, however, remain speculations until Microsoft's even this October. Watch out for more updates on the new Microsoft Surface Book 2.

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