Surface Book 2 with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor now available to order

Although the chances of a Surface Book 3 announcement appear unlikely this spring, Microsoft has released a minor update today.

The Surface Book 2 13-inch with the new quad-core Intel Core i5 processor is now for sale. The configuration has 256 GB of storage space and 8 GB of RAM for a price of $ 1,499. The older version, which only had a dual-core 7th Gen Intel Core i5, is still available, but is now discounted by $ 200 for $ 1,299 for the same configuration.

The evidence of a quad-core Intel Core i5 variant emerged in early March through Microsoft & # 39; s own retail listings.

For unknown reasons, Microsoft launched the Surface Book 2 with only a dual-core Intel Core i5-7300U in November 2017. The more expensive SKU with the Intel Core i7 had the quad-core option which made the distinction a bit strange.

This new Surface Book 2 comes with a Core i5-8350U, which has a 1.70 GHz base frequency, 3.60 GHz Max Turbo, 6 MB cache and up to a 25 watt TDP, which Microsoft usually uses for maximum performance. The quad-core boost of the added cores significantly increases the performance for heavier tasks, making this a significant upgrade. However, unlike the Core i7 model, this version does not contain NVIDIA GTX GPU and relies instead on Intel HD Graphics 620.

The Microsoft Store now ships the new Core i5 Surface Book 2 13-inch and a quick store check shows that many physical stores also have them in stock.

Thanks, Ved S., for the tip!

Modular powerhouse

Surface Book 2

It is pricey but it has a lot to offer.

The Surface Book 2 can handle almost anything, thanks to its powerful hardware and a design that allows you to use it as a notebook or tablet. Game, design or standard tasks, the Book 2 will not complain.

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