Microsoft quietly updates Surface Book 2 13.5 with the i5 Quad-Core option


Microsoft is a bit of a puzzle in PC space. There is little doubt that they offer impressive hardware, but after being the first PC manufacturer to use Intel's Skylake platform, and after being affected by the chipset's power management issues, they have been more cautious with their offerings since then. Thanks to their unusual release windows, this may mean they use older hardware for longer. Such was the case of Surface Book 2 when it was released in 2015. The Core i7 model was released with the 8th generation of Intel Core, which means Kaby Lake Refresh, which means quad-core compared to the dual core in Kaby Lake. But the Core i5 model was launched with a dual-core Kaby Lake i5-7300U processor, which means it had a considerable delta performance for the top-tier model – much higher than we usually see in the comparison between Core i5 and Core i7 .

Microsoft Surface Book 2
13.5 No GPU 13.5 GPU 15 (revised model)
CPU Intel Core i5-7300U
Dual-Core with Hyperthreading
2.6-3.5 GHz 3MB 15W TDP cache

Intel Core i5-8350U

Quad-Core with Hyperthreading
1.7-3.6 GHz 6MB TDP 15W cache

Intel Core i7-8650U
Quad-Core with Hyperthreading
1.9-4.2 GHz 8MB Cache 15W TDP
GPU Intel HD 620 Intel HD 620 + NVIDIA GTX 1050 2 GB Intel HD 620 + NVIDIA GTX 1060 6 GB
Storage 256 GB NVMe 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
Exhibition 13.5 "PixelSense
3000 x 2000 3: 2 sRGB
Tap and Pen on
15 "PixelSense
3240×2160 3: 2 sRGB
Tap and Pen on
Networking 802.11ac 2×2: 2 866Mbps max
Bluetooth 4.1
Audio Stereo speakers (facing forward)
Dolby Audio Premium
Drums 23 Wh (Tablet) plus 46 Wh (Base) 23 Wh (Tablet) plus 52 Wh (Base) 23 Wh (Tablet) plus 63 Wh (Base)
Xbox Wireless Not yea
Right side Surface Connection
USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 with USB Power Delivery
Earphone Jack
Left side 2 x USB 3.0 type-A
SD card reader
Dimensions 312 x 232 x 13-23 mm
12.3 x 9.14 x 0.51-0.90 inches
343 x 251 x 15-23 mm
13.5 x 9.87 x 0.57-0.90 inches
Weight 1.53 kg
3.38 lbs
1.64 kg
3.62 lbs
1,90 kg
4.2 pounds
My Account 8.0MP rear camera with autofocus
5.0 MP front camera with 1080p video
Windows Hello Hello Camera
Prices $ 1149 – $ 1499 $ 2999 – $ 2999 $ 2499 – $ 3200

Without any fanfare, Microsoft began offering an Intel Core i5-8350U quad-core in the 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 option, taking the price bracket the dual-core i5-7300U used to fill. Currently the dual-core is still available and receives a discount of $ 200 to $ 1299. In addition, the dual-core model can also be purchased with a 128 GB SSD, reducing the price again to $ 1149 .This is a significant price drop compared to the original retail price of $ 1499.

Surface Book 2 is one of the best laptops on the market, offering a combination of utility and performance that is not matched by any other device. The i5 quad-core upgrade is a welcome addition, but of course the real question is why it was not shipped with it to begin with.

The updated Surface Book 2 is available from the Microsoft Store.

Source: Windows Central


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