Microsoft Quietly Revamps Surface Book 2

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Two years after it originally came out, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 got a silent configuration by its creator. Instead of the entry-level dual-core i7 power or the high-end quad-core i8 processors, consumers now have a mid-tier option, being powered by a quad-core i5 processor. This opens up a field of possibilities and opportunities for both Microsoft and lovers of the Surface Book.

Microsoft has finally decided it is high time to elevate the power of the Surface Book 2, and quietly rolled out Intel’s eighth-generation quad-core technology to this incredibly stylish and innovative hybrid laptop. This move by Microsoft ensures that the Surface Book 2 remains one of the most competitively specced and priced laptops on the market. It has added an additional option for those who want to have a stronger laptop.

This rejuvenation on the user-facing machines follows through on updates last month to the enterprise portfolio. Both the Surface Pro 6 and the Surface Laptop 2 saw new specification models, which offered increased memory and storage on the mid-tier Core i5 models.

Consumers and users everywhere who are looking for Surface Book 2 models can now choose Intel’s latest 8th generation quad-core i5 processor that will sit alongside the existing 7th generation dual-core i5. The latter of the two will be discounted to $1299, while the former will come in at $1499. Both models will be including 256 GB storage and 8 GB of ram. Given the leap in performance when the Surface Pro 6 moved from 7th to 8th generation, expect to see a similar boost in the Surface Book 2.

Origins and reception

The Surface Book 2 was launched in November 2017, two years after the first Surface Book. When the Surface Book first came out, Microsoft fans and laptop connoisseurs were delighted with the powerful device. While still being able to play high-quality games at minimum settings, the Surface Book shone in other aspects that catered to the needs of the user in question. Video editing and rendering went very smoothly, while photo editing was incredibly efficient even with 10 browser tabs being opened in the background. The original Surface Book was a performance monster, with stunning visuals to complement its processing capability. When the Surface Book 2 came out, it exceeded the expectations of everyone, surpassing its predecessor in every aspect while offering options for those who want more power or a bigger sized laptop. Microsoft’s primary contributions to the world of laptops were incredibly successful, establishing a strong fanbase and hype from multiple companies and investors.

If Microsoft was following a regular schedule, we could expect a Surface Book 3 later this year. However, if Microsoft is happy with the 8-generation chipset, it could be enough for the tech company to stay relevant amidst its competitors. A bump in specs while retaining the ‘Book 2’ trademark would not only be a sensible decision, but it would also place the focus on ‘updates’ over to Windows 10 and Microsoft’s cloud-based computing services.

Putting its focus on software is the greatest advantage that Microsoft has over other competitors, given that Windows has always been the most compatible operating system across the board. If Microsoft continues to invest in software and applies these updates to fully optimize the specs of the Surface Book 2, it wouldn’t need to put out a new version of the Surface Book for at least another year.

Microsoft is in a prime position to capitalize on the improvements it made to its flagship laptop. Consumers are patiently waiting to see what Microsoft has in store for the rest of the year. Given that it already made a power move by adding a mid-tier alternative to its already strong Surface Book 2 line, nothing but great things will come out from this tech giant in the near future.