Surface Book 2 Discussion Thread (13.5" and 15" models)

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  1. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Out of the blue Microsoft just announced new Surface Book 2 models in two sizes, with either a 13.5" or a 15" screen. Preorders start Nov 9. Configurations and pricing at the bottom of this post.


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    CONFIGURATIONS / PRICING

    13.5” Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
    256GB / 8GB / Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU / $1499

    13.5” Intel® Core™ i7-8650U quad-core
    256GB / 8GB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 dGPU w/2GB GDDR5 memory / $1999
    512GB / 16GB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 dGPU w/2GB GDDR5 memory / $2499
    1TB / 16GB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 dGPU w/2GB GDDR5 memory / $2999

    15” Intel® Core™ i7-8650U quad-core
    256GB / 16GB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 dGPU w/6GB GDDR5 memory / $2499
    512GB / 16GB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 dGPU w/6GB GDDR5 memory / $2899
    1TB / 16GB / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 dGPU w/6GB GDDR5 memory / $3299

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    SPECS

    Dimensions
    Surface Book 2 13.5”
    i5: 12.3” x 9.14” x 0.51”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 13 mm-23 mm)
    i7: 12.3” x 9.14” x 0.59”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)

    Surface Book 2 15”
    13.5” x 9.87” x 0.568-0.90” (343 mm x 251 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)

    Display
    Surface Book 2 13.5”
    Screen: 13.5” PixelSense™ Display
    Resolution: 3000 x 2000, (267 PPI)
    Aspect ratio: 3:2Contrast ratio: 1600:1
    Touch: 10 point multi-touch G5

    Surface Book 2 15”
    Screen: 15” PixelSense™ Display
    Resolution: 3240 x 2160, (260 PPI)
    10 point multi-touch G5

    Aspect ratio: 3:2
    Contrast ratio: 1600:1
    Touch: 10 point multi-touch G5

    Memory
    Surface Book 2 13.5”8GB or 16GB RAM 1866Mhz LPDDR3
    Surface Book 2 15”16GB RAM 1866Mhz LPDDR3

    Processor
    Surface Book 2 13.5”
    7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U dual-core processor, 3.5GHz Max Turbo
    8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U quad-core processor, 4.2GHz Max Turbo

    Surface Book 2 15”
    8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U quad-core processor, 4.2GHz Max Turbo

    Security
    HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
    Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in

    Software
    Windows 10 Pro Creators Update 64-bit
    Office 30-day trial

    Sensors
    Ambient light sensor
    Proximity sensor
    Accelerometer
    Gyroscope
    Magnetometer

    Weight
    Surface Book 2 13.5”
    Intel® Core™ i5: Starting at 3.38 lbs (1,534 g) including keyboard
    Intel® Core™ quad-core i7: Starting at 3.62 lbs (1,642 g) including keyboard

    Surface Book 2 15”
    Intel® Core™ quad-core i7: Starting at 4.2 lbs (1,905 g) including keyboard

    Storage
    Solid state drive (SSD) options: 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB PCIe SSD

    Battery life
    Surface Book 2 13.5”
    Up to 17 hours of video playback
    Surface Book 2 15”
    Up to 17 hours of video playback1

    Graphics
    Surface Book 2 13.5” PixelSense™ Display
    Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU (on Intel® i5-7300U model)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 dGPU w/2GB GDDR5 memory (on Intel® i7-8650U models)
    Surface Book 2 15” PixelSense™ Display
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 dGPU w/6GB GDDR5 memory

    Connections
    2 x full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1
    1 x USB-C
    3.5mm headphone jack
    2 x Surface Connect ports
    Full-size SD™ card reader
    Compatible with Surface Dial* on- and off-screen interaction

    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 HD video
    Dual microphones
    Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
    Support for Windows Sonic for Headphones
    Support for Dolby® Atmos for Headphones3

    Wireless

    Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
    Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
    Xbox Wireless built-in (15” only)

    Exterior
    Casing: Magnesium
    Color: Silver
    Physical buttons: Volume, Power


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  2. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Some early reactions from the wish list thread:

     
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    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Comparing to some of our wishes and dreams, the improvements are modest:

    My old wish list for the SB2
    - a pound lighter overall NOPE
    - AND more battery life for the tablet portion (I know..) YES!
    - a hinge that doesn't leave a gap when the device is closed NOPE
    - kickstand on the tablet portion NOPE
    - compatibility with a keyboard cover like that of the SP4 NOPE
    - a hinge that can open by a full 360 degrees for yoga-like usage without undocking NOPE
    - USB-C ports, including one for charging YES!

    Other people's wishes for the SB2
    - ports on the screen (USB and display) NOPE
    - SD card slot in the screen (so still available when undocked) NOPE
    - lower price (personal wish: i5/8GB/512GB, no discrete GPU for about $1500) YES! (almost)
    - bigger screen (15") YES!
    - ethernet port (on base or screen?) NOPE
    - HDMI 2.0 ports on the dock (on the base?) NOPE
    - black keys for better visibility of white/gray characters NOPE
    - improved keyboard layout with dedicated home/end, page up/down keys NOPE
    - black casing NOPE
     
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    ATIVQ V⅁O⅄ Senior Member

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    Where can I get that snazzy background image? It's not in Microsoft Color Explosion desktop wallpaper pack.
     
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    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Not sure. Looks like I should add that to the list of tech specs: "snazzy new background image". :)
     
  6. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    Well, that was fast...
     
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    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    Curious, there is no mention of the 15" version of the new Surface Book on the German Microsoft Store site.
    This is worrisome for Europe.
     
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    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<...there is no mention of the 15" version of the new Surface Book on the German Microsoft Store site...>>

    ...It's because we're never, never giving it to you...!!!

    Well, OK, we will, but we'll charge you a bunch of Euros for it...
     
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  9. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Size comparison side by side (from MS info pages)

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    excalibur1814 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Quad + 1060 = Yay.
     
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