March 23, 2017

Surface Book 2 is coming, could be announced next month

21 March 2017, 12:14 | Megan Pierce

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Recent rumors about the Surface Pro 5 have been very encouraging

That includes a new, even more premium model of Surface Book, dubbed the Surface Book with Performance Base, which launched in the fall of 2016.

The same sources said the new Surface 2 notebook will be retailed at a USD1,000 price tag, which is significantly lower than the price of the older products, which fetches at USD1,499 to USD3,199 per unit.

The new Surface Book continues to feature a 13.5-inch display and chassis made of magnesium-aluminum-alloy.

There's a new rumor in town that suggests Microsoft will go in a completely different direction with its premier Windows 10 2-in-1, the Surface Book. Since then, Microsoft has been working on a Surface Book 2 but it could ditch the two-in-one design.

Anyway, coming back to the detachable display that essentially turned the Surface Book into a tablet, news is that this feature might be omitted from the new version of the machine if we are to believe fresh reports.

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The Surface Book is a great product, especially if you're in the market for both a tablet and notebook. To take the agenda even further, ZDNet reported previous year that the Creators Update was delayed to spring 2017 to support "a new wave of Microsoft-branded Windows devices". Buy a discounted Surface or Surface Book, and pick up a freebie portable Samsung SSD while you're at it.

Digitimes says that users will see what the software giant has planned for the Microsoft Surface Book 2 by the end of this month or April.

Microsoft released a mild Surface Book update a few months ago, during a press event whose star was the Surface Studio all-in-one desktop. Surface is now one of Microsoft's biggest growth areas.

Reports of poor Surface Book sales had analysts questioning whether MSFT would even bother releasing a Surface Book 2. It would expose Microsoft's confidence in itself for hardware as being paper thin. Still, hopefully the new Surface Book will be just as good as the original. Instead, Microsoft apparently adopted the traditional clamshell design for the device instead.

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