Microsoft entered into the laptop market by launching the Surface Book last October. Now, there were reports that the company has teased the arrival of its successor on Instagram. This is probably the first time I’ve heard of Microsoft teasing something on Instagram. This could’ve meant that we may be looking at a much earlier release date, unless of course Microsoft does not end up delaying its next flagship 2-in-1. But as it turns out, the image was not really of the new Surface Book 2.
Windows Central posted this image comparing the original surface book and the new alleged Surface Book 2.
As per Windows Central, the image is apparently a part of an elaborate ‘sizzler’ reel that was shown to the employees in July. The image shows the change in the hinge design the Surface Book 2 brings. The new laptop is said to get rid of the fulcrum hinges that join the display screen and the laptop. The photo shows that the ridges between the display and the keyboard have disappeared. The original Surface Book has a gap that is created by a fulcrum hinge between the display and the keyboard.
“I can confirm that the image posted (it’s not a photo) is from an internal Microsoft ‘sizzler’ reel meant to demonstrate some ideas for the new Surface Book 2. The video has recently been shown within Microsoft’s various departments and meetings starting in July, and multiple people can confirm seeing the video where this image originates. That lends credence to the idea that Microsoft is purposefully teasing the new Surface Book 2,” reports Windows Central’s Daniel Rubino. There are several publications that quickly jumped into it and started reporting about the Surface Book 2 teaser citing Windows Central and also The Verge as their source.
But soon after, Rudy Huyn posted this on twitter :
The Verge has corrected it’s mistake and updated the article, so far I haven’t seen any updates from other such publications. From the looks of it, it is indeed an image of the original Surface Book in black. Being a cropped image of a black surface book it sure would’ve caused some confusion. Although Windows Central’s Daniel Rubino is pretty adamant about his views and says the information comes from sources that he fully trusts. You can take a better look if you need.
So far Daniel Rubino’s claims don’t hold much value but if he has such faith in his sources, there might be a slight chance he is indeed right here. We can’t surely say. We do have a few other information though about what we can expect other than the design.
As for the hardware that’s going to power up the notebook, Intel’s Kaby Lake series of mobile i5 and i7 processor lineup is most likely going to be a part of the configuration. We currently do not know which GPU is going to be present and with NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX series out, it won’t be long till we hear severe graphical improvements from Surface Book 2. In addition to this, the iGPU present in Intel’s Kaby Lake processors will definitely provide a nice little performance boost as opposed to the company’s Skylake processors.
One of the highlights of Surface Book 2 will be in the resolution department and since its predecessor came with a 3000 x 2000 resolution, we expect that a 4K display will be a part of the upcoming notebook. We understand that this will stress the processor and GPU, but the improved architecture and performance boost will definitely come in handy in terms of efficiency for getting the most out of the notebook in terms of battery life, and perhaps this time, you might actually be able to enjoy AAA game titles with their video settings cranked up.
With Type-C USB ports slowly getting popular, Surface Book 2 will definitely feature one of these, but we have no information as to how many ports will be included. If a Type-C USB port is present, we expect that the underlying technology is USB 3.1 to increase the rate at which data is being transferred. If you’re going to be paying a lot of money for the upcoming Surface Book 2, then you might as well get the best of everything from it right?
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If Microsoft is to hold on to tradition, then the company will look to host the launch event sometime in October to unveil the Surface Book 2. As for the original Surface Book, Microsoft launched it in 10 new markets in July. These include Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. There is no word yet on when – and if – the Surface Book will ever launch in India.
Here’s the original Instagram post which caused all the drama in the first place :
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