The original Surface Book, which went on sale in February 2016, was Microsoft's first proper laptop. That device was billed as the ultimate laptop, yet Microsoft has announced a new version that's said to be five times faster, offers a 17-hour battery life (70 percent more than the MacBook Pro) and boasts a new USB-C port.
There are two models of the new Surface Book, one with a 13.5in screen and the other 15in, and each come in various processor, storage and memory combinations. You can read our initial impressions in our hands-on review.
The cheapest option is a 13.5in Surface Book 2 with a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 chip, while other models in the line-up run a latest-generation Kaby Lake Core i7-8650U.
With either 8- or 16GB of RAM and up to a terabyte of flash storage, the new Surface Book means serious business.
When is the Surface Book 2 release date?
You can now order the Surface Book 2 direct from Microsoft's site as well as from Currys PCWorld. The 13.5in model goes on sale on 16 November in the UK, but the 15in Surface Book 2 will arrive early next year.
The Surface Book 2 will be available from other retailers including John Lewis, Amazon, AO and Argos from the 9 February 2018.
How much does the Surface Book 2 cost in the UK?
Prices start at £1,499 for the 13.5in model, and £2,499 for the 15in model. Here's the full list of models:
13-inch Surface Book 2
- 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5-7500U; 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD: £1,499
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD; GTX 1050: £1,999
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD; GTX 1050: £2,499
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD; GTX 1050: £2,999
15-inch Surface Book 2
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD; GTX 1060: £2,499
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD; GTX 1060: £2,899
- 1.9GHz quad-core Core i7-8650U 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD; GTX 1060: £3,299
Surface Book 2 features and specifications
Many specifications are constant between the two Surface Book 2 models. The screen is naturally larger on the 15in model, which is obviously a little bigger and heavier overall, but each has the same processor, memory and storage options.
If you want the fastest graphics, though, the 15in model has a GTX 1060 chip with 6GB VRAM. (It's this model that is reported to be five times faster than the original Surface Book.)
Surface Book 2 also comes with a free 30-day trial for Microsoft Office.
|Surface Book 2 13.5in||Surface Book 2 15in|
|Price||From £1,499||From £2,499|
|Software||Windows 10 Pro Creators Update||Windows 10 Pro Creators Update|
|Display||13.5in PixelSense (3000x2000, 267ppi, 3:2)||15in PixelSense (3240x2160, 260ppi, 3:2)|
|Processor||7th-gen Intel Core i5-7300U (3.5GHz Turbo)/8th-gen Intel Core i7-8650U||8th-gen Intel Core i7-8650U (4.2GHz Turbo)|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 620/Intel UHD Graphics 620/GTX 1050 (2GB VRAM)||Intel UHD Graphics 620/GTX 1060 (6GB VRAM)|
|RAM||8GB/16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3||8GB/16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3|
|Storage||256GB/512GB/1TB SSD, SDXC card reader||256GB/512GB/1TB SSD, SDXC card reader|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Xbox wireless|
|Ports||2x USB 3.0, USB-C, 2x Surface Connect||2x USB 3.0, USB-C, 2x Surface Connect|
|Cameras||8Mp rear, 5Mp front||8Mp rear, 5Mp front|
|Security||HW TPM 2.0, Windows Hello face authentication||HW TPM 2.0, Windows Hello face authentication|
|Audio||3.5mm headphone jack, dual mics, front facing stereo speakers, Dolby audio||3.5mm headphone jack, dual mics, front-facing stereo speakers, Dolby Audio|