"Surface Book 2 hands-on: "13.5" and 15" take fight to Apple

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Despite the increase in power, Surface Book 2 still keeps its impressive battery life - up to 17 hours of video playback.

The new Surface Book 2: The fastest Surface Book ever, with 4 times more power made possible by an 8th Gen @Intel processor.

Surface Book 2 models come with Intel's eight-gen Core CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to NVIDIA GeForce 1060 graphics inside. The company also claims that the Surface Book 2 has a higher resolution than the MacBook Pro with 45% more pixels. Preorders will start on November 9th, and the Surface Book 2 will launch in stores on November 16th. The 13 inch model weighs 1.53 kilograms, the 15 inch model 1.91 kilos. Over on the Windows Blog, Microsoft's head of devices, Panos Panay, writes that the Surface Book 2 is a laptop meant to "push the limits of what technology can do".

With that extra performance that comes from the GTX 1060, Microsoft says that the 15-inch Book 2 is five times more powerful than the original Surface Book.

Surface Book 2 in Studio Mode.

That's not the only benefit for creative professionals, as the Surface Book 2 looks set to continue the Surface range's reputation for superb displays. The 13.5-inch model makes do with integrated graphics or GTX 1050 graphics, depending on your configuration.

Meanwhile there's also a new peripheral arriving alongside them, the Surface Precision Mouse. And unlike years past, Microsoft is launching a major OS update, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, on top of this new hardware.

That screen is pretty pixel-heavy (as well as actually heavy), at 267/260 ppi on the 13.5/15 in models, respectively. It still has the same hinge design, although internally it has been refined, and the color options are the same as well; I am a little disappointed they didn't offer a burgundy or cobalt color like the Surface Laptop. Yes, the name can be quiet misleading since the original Surface had already got an update past year. Your only choice is 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of PCIe SSD storage.

"The 15" Surface Book 2 delivers nearly seven million dazzling pixels - 45% more than the MacBook Pro - giving artists and professionals alike wonderful pixel density on an even larger creative canvas. Microsoft hopes it can take on the MacBook Pro. Over the past few years, the company has transformed the Surface line from boutique proof of concept to one of the more innovative and forward-looking PC brands on the market. The Surface Book 2 will ship from November 16. "This model has a 3000x2000 PixelSense display, it's 0.9" (2.3 cm) thick, and it weighs 3.4 pounds (1.5 kg) in its fully-docked mode.

It has a backlit keyboard, works with the Surface Pen, and will be compatible with the coming Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

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