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MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK 2 NEWS: NEW MODEL LIKELY WON’T APPEAR UNTIL 2018

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Microsoft hasn’t released much Microsoft Surface Book 2 news yet, and we’re not certain exactly when it will officially announce the new version. Unlike in years past, there doesn’t appear to be a specific Surface hardware event planned for October; rather, Surface Book 2 news yet, and we’re not certain exactly when it will officially announce the new version. Unlike in years past, there doesn’t appear to be a specific Surface hardware event planned for October; rather, Microsoft might discuss new Surface products at its Future Encoded event in London at the end of October. For now, though, here’s what we do know and what the rumors say about the successor to Microsoft’s latest 2-in-1 laptop.

The Surface Book 2…was actually the Surface Laptop

In spring 2017 a flurry of rumors about the Surface Book 2 hit the internet windmill. They said, among other things, that the Book 2 would have a more traditional clamshell hinge, would be a traditional laptop instead of a hybrid, and would be released very soon.

That didn’t happen. Those rumors described another product, the Surface Laptop, which had all those qualities and was positioned to appeal to customers who preferred a true laptop instead of a hybrid. Our review of the Surface Laptop found it’s a beautiful system, but the decision to ditch features that make Surface unique makes the system less remarkable than its peers.


However, the Surface Laptop’s existence does tell us a bit of what the Surface Book will continue to be. It seems likely the Microsoft Surface Book 2 will retain a form similar to the current model, since ditching its tablet features would make it redundant with the Surface laptop.

An updated hinge seems likely

Will the hinge change for the Book 2? The rumors say yes. Remember that the updated version of the Microsoft Surface Book, released October 2016, came with the same hinge but a reduced gap. People weren’t big fans of the gap that the original hinge created, which increased thickness and was a dust trap. A redesigned hinge is likely for the Book 2.

Other rumors state that the Book 2 may not be detachable, either. It is likely to still be a 2-in-1, but with a reversible screen. This would be an easy way to fix some of the complaints that the original Surface Book was unwieldy when it came to detaching the touchscreen.

Coffee Lake CPUs

Here is where things get interesting: Some of the latest rumors say that the Book 2 will be using the Intel Coffee Lake CPU, also known as 8th gen Intel Core. As we know now, that means new quad-core mobile CPUs that promise improved multitasking performance at the price of slightly reduced clock speeds.

If this information is correct — and every day we go by without a Surface announcement makes it seem more likely — then it gives reason to think the Surface Book 2 won’t show up until late in the holiday 2017 buying season, at the soonest.

Why? Intel processor releases tend to be gradual. It takes months for them to become common after the initial roll-out, and if Microsoft were to release a Surface Book 2 with 8th gen Core, the company would need a large enough supply of chips to meet at least part of demand.

As it stands, a number of new machines have already been announced that will use the new Intel CPUs, and that includes 2-in-1 machines like the HP Spectre x360 15 that now includes the Intel Core i7-8550U, and can be ordered with a shipping date of early October.

Release date is 2017-2018

There are two possibilities for a Surface Book 2 release window. First, Microsoft announces it in the fall at a Fall Creators Update conference — which hasn’t yet been scheduled and doesn’t appear likely — and then releases it in time for the holidays. Second, Microsoft waits to announce the Book 2 and plans for an early 2018 release.

A recent ZDNet report suggests that the second possibility is far more likely. According to sources, Microsoft might only show off the Surface Pro with LTE at Future Decoded, and the event scheduled for October 3 will focus exclusively on Windows Mixed Reality. Furthermore, it’s possible that a new Surface Book might not ship until 2018, along with an updated Surface Hub, and even possibly the highly-anticipated Surface mobile device that was once called the Surface Phone.

This is all based on speculation, however. Microsoft itself has said nothing about the Surface Book 2.



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