MICROSOFT HAS STARTED FLOGGING an entry-level Surface Book 2 with an upgraded 8th-gen Intel quad-core i5 processor.
The new model, which prematurely cropped up at retailers last month, packs an i5-8350U CPU with clock speeds up to 3.6GHz. This should offer a decent performance boost; according to Intel's own stats, the Kaby Lake refresh processor will the chip will offer 50 per cent better performance when it comes to multi-core tasks.
Contrary to rumours, the laptop doesn't replace the Surface Book which ships with a 7th-gen dual-core Core i5-7300U, but is instead being offered alongside it.
The souped-up Surface Book isn't yet available to buy in Blighty, with the option to configure with a quad-core processor currently greyed out on Microsoft's UK website. Over in the US, the upgraded model can be picked up for $1,499, while the dual-core 7th Gen model now comes at a discounted price of $1,299.
Beyond its upgraded innards, the new and improved Surface Book 2 sports identical specs to its dual-core sibling, 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 recent rumours, 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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