Among other products announced by Microsoft at their Windows 10 event today, Microsoft announced the launch of their new Surface Book with Performance Base aka Surface Book i7 with more power and longer battery life.
The Surface Book i7 release date is November 10 in the US, where it’s taking pre-orders from $2,399:
What’s new in the Surface Book with Performance Base or Surface Book i7, is mainly that some of the 1st gen. owners wanted even more graphics power, even though the first Surface Book already had an optional more powerful Nvidia GPU. But now that GPU is even more powerful.
The previous optional Nvidia GPU used to be the Nvidia GeForce 940M GPU that had its own 1GB of RAM, but now in the new Surface Book i7, this GPU is replaced by a more than 2 times as powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M GPU with its own 2GB of GDDR5 RAM.
RAM options for the tablet itself, is otherwise 8GB and 16GB, with 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB in storage options, with all models being powered by a 6th gen. Intel Core i7 processor. So the new Surface Book will remain the world’s most powerful tablet also for 2016 to 2017.
Microsoft also worked with both Nvidia and Intel to ensure that processor and GPU cooling is efficient and fast, so that the new Surface Book stays cool when pressed to the max. So now we can attach as many external 4K monitors/displays as we want.
The new Surface Book battery life is 16 hours, which is impressive whether you think of this as a tablet or as a laptop. The original Surface Book has a 12 hour battery life. But all of this has had some effect on the weight, as the weight has gone up from 1576 grams on the Nvidia powered 1st gen. Surface Book, to 1647 grams on the 2nd gen. Surface Book i7. But it’s not a lot, and it’s basically all the battery that does it. And this is the weight with the keyboard attached to the tablet.
The new Surface Book with Performance Base or Surface Book i7 as it is also called, is otherwise the same good old 13.5-inch Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet with a 3000 x 2000 resolution display, an award winning display, complete Wi-Fi cover, enterprise security features, 2x full-size USB 3.0 ports, a full-size SD card reader, magnesium casing and backlit keyboard, with Dolby Audio stereo speakers, a 5MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, stereo mics, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, included Surface Pen, and Windows 10 Pro.
Surface Book i7 can also be used in conjunction with the brand new Surface Dial, whether on the side of the tablet, just like you would with a mouse, or placed on top of the display, where you can use it to regulate and adjust whatever you like, turn colors up or down, volume up or down, zoom in and out, scroll, anything you can think of really.
– Tom Bowen