Microsoft Launches Surface Book 2 with 8th Gen Intel i5 Processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM

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Microsoft Surface Book 2

When Microsoft first announced its Surface Book 2 lineup, it was perplexing as to why it’s base variant came with a dual-core 7th Gen Intel Core i5. There is a quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core i7 model, but it is priced significantly higher, forcing many potential buyers to either get stuck with a dual-core CPU or look for better alternatives. Well, Microsoft seems to have rectified the problem by silently adding a new model to its Surface Book 2 lineup with a quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core i5 this time around.

New Surface Book 2 Specifications

The newly added Surface Book 2 with the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 chipset is only offered with the laptop’s 13-inch variant. To be more specific, the CPU being used on the new model is an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8350U CPU. This is a four core, eight thread processor that has a base frequency of 1.7 GHz and a Max Turbo frequency of 3.6 GHz. It ships with 6MB of cache and up to a 25-watt TDP. This model comes with 8GB of RAM paired with 256GB of storage.

All the rest of the specifications remain the same where a 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 resolution PixelSense display is found. There is an 8MP camera at the back, while a 5MP camera is located at the front. The display is a touchscreen, and the keyboard can be detached. This is a backlight keyboard with key travel of 1.5mm. For connectivity, the laptop offers 2 USB Type-A ports, 1 USB Type-C port, SD card slot, Surface connect, and a headphone jack. Unlike the Core i7 model, however, this model does not come with discrete graphics and relies on Intel HD Graphics 620.

Surface Book 2 Price

Surprisingly, Microsoft has priced the new 8th Gen i5 Surface Book 2 at $1,499 (around INR 1,04,000) which is what the older 7th Gen i5 model was launched at. Now, the older model retails at a discounted price of $1,299 (around INR 90,000). There is also a 128GB storage model of the 7th Gen i5 model which sells for $1,149 (around INR 80,000). Meanwhile, the highest end configuration of the 15-inch Surface Book 2 with its 8th Gen i7, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 16GB RAM, and 1TB storage costs $3,299 (approx. INR 2,29,000).


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