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  

Microsoft Surface Book 2

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
Dimensions 312x232x13-23mm 343x251x15-23mm
Weight 1.5kg 1.9kg