Microsoft's follow up to the Surface Laptop Studio is slated for a release later this year, with notable hardware upgrades. The anticipated Surface Laptop Studio 2 might come equipped with Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4060, as per benchmarks and documents reviewed by Windows Latest.
Recent benchmarks from Geekbench, a renowned benchmarking platform, have unveiled the specifications for the Surface Laptop Studio 2. Notably, there's no mention of AMD hardware for this year's model in the benchmarks or internal documents. Instead, Microsoft appears to be testing the device with an 11th-Gen Intel Core i7-11370H and a whopping 64GB of RAM. Another variant could feature the 13th-gen Intel Core i7 13800H, paired with the GeForce RTX 4060, 64GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of SSD storage. The lower-end models might be powered by the 13th-Gen Core i7-13700H.
Potential Lineup for Surface Laptop Studio 2
- Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 256GB storage
- Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage
- Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage
- Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB storage
- Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB storage
- Intel Core i7, 64GB RAM, 2TB storage
These models are also expected to feature Intel Iris Xe graphics, a part of the 13th-gen lineup.
Benchmark Performance Insights
The high-end model's benchmark revealed a single-core score of 2,564 and a multi-core score of 12,463. To put this into perspective, the original Surface Laptop Studio had a multi-core score of approximately 6,000 and a single-core score close to 2,000. This is the second benchmarking for the Laptop Studio 2 following a March test.
While the device's design remains largely unchanged, the focus of this update is primarily on performance enhancements and configuration options. Additionally, Microsoft has decided not to release a successor to the Surface Duo 2 in 2023. Instead, the company seems to be moving away from the dual-screen approach, favoring a traditional foldable screen similar to those seen in Samsung, Honor, and Xiaomi devices. The upcoming Surface Android device might feature an internal foldable screen with an external cover display, connected by a 180-degree hinge. Furthermore, Microsoft has reportedly canceled the Surface Duo 3 and is currently exploring other Android hardware options.
Microsoft's Android Strategy
The tech giant is delving into prototypes of traditional smartphones that run on Android, combined with Microsoft's unique Android experience. However, these plans might change, and a new phone launch isn't guaranteed in the near future. Microsoft's strategy also includes enhancing the integration between Android and Windows to set its Android offerings apart from competitors like Xiaomi and Samsung.