MICROSOFT LOOKS SET to launch a souped-up version of its entry-level Surface Book 2 laptop.
Currently, Microsoft's cheapest Surface Book 2 packs an underwhelming dual-core Intel Core i5-7300U CPU, but that chip might soon be binned in favour of an Intel Core i5-8350U processor.
This should offer a decent performance boost; the quad-core chip from Intel's Kaby Lake Refresh lineup offers a base clock speed 1.70GHz that tops out at 3.60GHz for more power-intensive tasks. According to Intel's own stats, the chip will offer 50 percent better performance when it comes to multi-core tasks.
The upgraded model won't cost any more either, according to the listings spotted by WinFuture, with its price-tag pegged at $1,499 or €1,569. We assume that means it'll remain priced the same here in Blighty, but, y'know, Brexit.
Beyond its upgraded innards, it looks like the Surface Book 2 will sport identical specs to its predecessor, including the same 13.5in PixelSense display with 3,000x2000 resolution, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD.
Connectivity options will remain the same too, with the new-and-improved Surface Book 2 sporting an SD card reader, USB-C and USB 3.1 ports and proprietary charging port.
According to the spied listings, Microsoft's higher-end model with the Intel Core i7-8650U processor will remain unchanged.
Microsoft has yet to comment on the leak, but WinFuture speculates that the new models will arrive on shelves in "the coming weeks".
While this incoming upgrade is unlikely to get many excited, recent rumours suggested that Microsoft could be plotting a Surface Book that ditches Intel internals completely in favour of an AMD processor. This, according to Brad Sams' Beneath A Surface book, could make an official appearance in Q4 2019.
At the time time, it's likely that Microsoft Surface Pro will finally be getting USB-C, in a move that should surprise nobody at all. µ
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