- Oct 11, 2018
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2: Key Specifications and Price.
On October 2, 2018, Microsoft unveiled the latest additions to its Surface line of 2-in-1 tablet PC (Microsoft Surface Pro 6 ), laptops (Microsoft Surface Laptop 2), and Studio workstation (Microsoft Surface Studio 2). The company also joined the likes of Apple, Sony, and AKG (perhaps to rival them) in the production of premium headphones as it showcased its latest toy — the Surface Headphones.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is the official upgrade to Microsoft’s first-ever Surface Laptop which was released about a year ago. And as expected, the Surface Laptop 2 has improved features and enhanced capabilities particularly processor and performance-wise when compared to its predecessor.
Now, let’s take a look at the specifications and key features of this new PC from Microsoft.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Key Specifications
Dimensions — 12.13in x 8.79in x .57in (308.1 mm x 223.27 mm x 14.48 mm)
Display — 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 pixel (201 PPI) PixelSense touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Storage — 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD
Battery life — Up to 14.5 hours of local video playback1
Memory — 8GB or 16GB RAM
Graphics — Intel UHD Graphics 620
Processor — Intel Core 8th Gen i5 or i7
Cameras — 720p HD camera (front-facing) also for Windows Hello Face Authentication
Software — Windows 10 Home
Battery — up to 14.5 hours
Design and Display
Not too many modifications were made on the design and display of Surface Laptop 2 ‘cause it comes in the exact dimension, aesthetical properties, components placement, and is just as light and slim as the first Microsoft Surface Laptop. To start with, Microsoft adopt the same port selection as the first without improvement or upgrade: one USB 3.0, one Mini Display Port, and a headphone jack.
The case is the same with the display. It is notwithstanding a good one as it’s one of the best displays you’d find on a 13-inch laptop. The screen is actually sized 13.5-inch and is a 10 point multi-touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and support for Surface Pen stylus. So you see, it is a word class display spec but it should have been improved from the first.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 comes in a gorgeous aluminum body and is currently available in previously-available Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue colors and an all-new Black finish. Aside the new colour option, the other new thing about the Surface Laptop 2 is the redefined keyboard which Microsoft says offers a quieter typing experience.
Processor and Storage
With the Surface Laptop 2, Microsoft introduces quad-core processors on its laptops (and of course other devices, too). The Microsoft Surface laptop 2 comes with Intel’s 8th Gen CPUs in Core i5 and Core i7 options. When it comes to storage, users can also select between 8GB or 16GB RAM models. Internal Solid-state drive (SSD) options of the Surface Laptop 2 include 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
Also, Microsoft points out that the new Intel Quad-core CPUs will hand the new Surface Laptop 2 models a speed boost of up to 85%. This will make the device a more affordable alternative and rival to Apple’s MacBook Pro laptop. Though they might not go anywhere close to the MacBook in terms of graphics, the Intel UHD 620 GPU will also do a good job handling graphics.
One of the selling points of the first Microsoft Surface Laptop is its battery life. It could last as long as 14 hours 30 minutes on a single charge. Surprisingly, despite the improvements on power-hungry and heavy processes and CPU on the Surface Laptop 2, Microsoft says it can equally last as long its predecessor: 14 hours 30 minutes.
Pricing and Availability
The base model of the Surface Laptop 2 (13.5-inch, 8GB RAM, Intel Core i5, 128GB SSD) starts at $999. It is currently available on pre-order, while the official sales will commence October 16.
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