Microsoft has quietly updated its Surface Book 2 in the US and is offering it with the latest Intel Core i5-8350U processor.
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Microsoft has refreshed the base variant of its Surface Book 2. The laptop will now be available with Intel’s latest 8th Gen quad-core i5 processor, alongside the standard 7th Gen Core i5 and the 8th Gen Core i7 processors. With the new addition, the company has also discounted the 7th Gen Core i5 variant, which is now listed at $1,299 (Rs 90,000 approx). The Surface Book 2 with the Core i5-8350U processor is priced at $1,499 (Rs 1.03 lakh approx) and is listed only with the 13.5-inch display model. The new variant of the laptop will be available only with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage, while the 16GB RAM model of the 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 is only available with the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor.
The new processor on the Surface Book 2 features quad-cores and is also clocked slightly higher for turbo frequency, at 3.60GHz. Additionally, the Core i5-8350U features 6MB of smart cache memory, while the Core i5-7300U comes with 3MB of smart cache. Other specs of the device remain the same. It sports a 13.5-inch Pixelsense display, with 3:2 aspect ratio and a 3000 x 2000p resolution. The laptop’s screen has 10-point multi-touch support and the company claims it can deliver up to 17 hours of battery life on a single full charge. The laptop comes with two USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) Type-A ports, and one USB Type-C port. It also sports a UHS-II SDXC card reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Microsoft has not updated its India website and it remains to be known whether the new Surface Book 2 variant will be made available in India. However, the 13.5-inch 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300U, 13.5-inch 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650U and the 15-inch 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650 processor are listed on the company's India website.
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