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Microsoft Quietly Introduces New Surface Book 2 Variant

A new Surface Book 2 price tier has been created with the launch of a model featuring Intel’s 8th Gen quad-core i5 processor for $1,499.


has launched a surprise new variant of its laptop. The company has quietly launched the device that we first discussed earlier this month, which brings 's newest 8th Gen quad-core i5 CPU to the . Specifically, the chipset is coming to the 13-inch Surface Book 2.

While this is a new variant, Microsoft has decided not to discontinue the dual-core 7th Gen Surface Book 2 it replaces. Instead, that device has now received a price discount to $1,299. As for the new refreshed version running the quad core i5 is available for $1,499.

In essence, Microsoft has created a new Surface Book tier. The dual-core 7th Gen laptop stays as the entry level with a price drop and the new core i5 silicon is a new tier sitting just above entry level.

“The i5-8350U has two extra cores. Elsewhere, it also provides an increased maximum boost clock speed of 3.6GHz, up from 3.5GHz in the i5-7300U. This is all good news for multi-core computing as the 8350U should provider a 50% increase in power.”


It is worth noting this is the exact same processor Microsoft makes in its 6.

Aside from a new processor, the specs appear to be the same. That means 8GB of RAM, a 3000 x 2000 resolution display, a single Type-C port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and a maximum battery life of 17 hours.

Microsoft is kicking off April with a new Surface variant, but later this month the company is expected to drop an entirely new product. A press event has been scheduled on April 17 in New York City, where Microsoft is expected to announce its Surface Hub 2 device.

Last Updated on July 10, 2020 9:46 pm CEST

SourceThe Verge
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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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