Microsoft is reportedly working on new iterations of the Surface Pro and Surface Book. Reports claim that the company could launch Surface Book 2 in early 2017.
Rumors have it that the new Surface Book 2 will roll out with an array of new features. The most significant is its design. It is expected that the new device will receive an improvement on the hinges. When the Surface Book was launched in October, the design was quite impressive. However, for some the hinge gap was awful. Microsoft may remove the gap that can be seen in the current Surface Book when it is closed.
Similar to Surface Pro 5, Surface Book 2 will be powered by Intel Kaby Lake processor. It will improve the performance of the device. The new processor will also affect the size of Surface Book as it will add native USB 3.1 support. Skylake motherboards require a third-party add-on chip in order to provide USB 3.1 ports. Moreover, Kaby lake processor will bring a new graphics architecture for 3D and 4K graphics, reported Windows Central.
Kaby Lake processor could be coupled with up to 16GB RAM and up to 1TB SSD storage. The device could include USB Type-C and a ThunderBolt 3 ports as these are rumored in Surface Pro 5. Surface Book can receive a battery upgrade as well. The current Surface Book lasts for up to 8 hours when it?s docked and little more on tablet mode.
Surface Book will be available in three sizes; the 21-inch comes with full HD support while 24 and 27-inch models will offer 4K display. However, there is no information available about the price of the Surface Book 2 at the moment.
These features make Surface Book a strong competitor of Apple?s MacBook Pro 2016. Apple is expected to launch new MacBook in September with some head turning features like OLED touch bar with integrated fingerprint reader, lightning ports, 5K display and more.
Microsoft has not yet confirmed anything about Surface Book 2. Readers are advised to take this information lightly for now. TheBitBag team will regularly update the information as soon as new details emerge.