Microsoft's forthcoming Surface Laptop Studio 2 is taking shape with its rumored specifications leaked ahead of the official release. The device is anticipated to be powered by a robust 13th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, coupled with Nvidia's RTX 40-series GPUs. This combination is set to redefine the standards for Surface products.
The laptop is expected to sport a 14.4-inch display with a resolution of 2400 x 1600, boasting a 120Hz refresh rate and stylus compatibility. Furthermore, the Studio 2 is said to present two CPU variants, both offering 14 cores and 20 threads, with clock speeds reaching up to 5.5GHz. On the memory front, the device might come with up to 64GB of LPDDR5X RAM, marking a significant enhancement in performance.
Design and Additional Features
The Surface Laptop Studio 2's design appears to be reminiscent of its predecessor, with a display that can be pulled forward, transitioning from a laptop to a tablet or what Microsoft terms as the “studio mode”. Addressing some of the limitations of the original model, the new device is expected to incorporate Intel's 13th Gen processors and will also feature a microSD card slot and a USB-A port, enhancing its connectivity options.
Notably, while the original model was equipped with an RTX 3050 Ti GPU for its premium variants, the upcoming Surface Laptop Studio 2 might offer an RTX 4050 or 4060 GPU, and for the first time, a Surface device might come with a whopping 64GB of RAM.
Release Date and Pricing
The Surface Laptop Studio 2 is slated to be available from October 3, with the starting price for the base model (featuring Intel Xe graphics) being approximately €2,249 (around $2,395). If the speculated specifications prove accurate, the Studio 2 could address some of the shortcomings of its predecessor, such as a brighter display, an enhanced haptic touchpad, an array of additional ports, and a more adaptable design, making it a compelling choice despite its premium price tag.