Microsoft's updated Surface Book i7 delivers twice the graphics performance, keeps weird hinge


At its big event in New York, Microsoft has already introduced the next version of Windows 10, called Creators Update, and it has some hardware designed to run it on.

Last Year’s Surface Book divided opinion, with its rather weird, unsightly hinge, but it’s not a problem for Microsoft, which has decided to keep that look in its 2016 update.

As you can guess from the name, Surface Book i7 runs on an Intel Core i7 processor. According to Microsoft, that makes it three times as powerful as the top MacBook Pro -- although, bear in mind, Apple is set to reveal new MacBooks tomorrow at its Hello Again event.

The Surface Book has been redesigned from the inside out, and promises twice the graphics performance, a 'stunning' PixelSense Display, and 30 percent more battery life (depending on what you use the laptop for, of course), so around 16 hours life between charges.Surface-Book-with-Performance-Base-5-web

Microsoft shares the following specs:


Windows 10 Pro, Office 365 30-day trial


Casing: Magnesium, Color: Silver

Physical buttons: Volume, Power


12.30” x 9.14” x 0.51 - 0.90” (312.3mm x 232.1mm x 13.0 -- 22.8mm)


Starting at 3.63lbs (1,647g) including keyboard


Solid state drive (SSD) options: 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB


Screen: 13.5"PixelSense Display, Resolution: 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI)

Aspect ratio: 3:2, Touch: 10 point multi-touch

Battery Life

Up to 16 hours of video playback


6th Gen Intel Core i7


i7: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 memory


TPM chip for enterprise security


8GB or 16GB RAM


802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE, 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology


Two full-size USB 3.0, Full-size SD card reader, Surface Connect, Headset jack, Mini Displayport

Cameras, video and audio

Windows Hello face sign-in camera (front-facing), 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video, 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video, Stereo microphones, Stereo speakers with Dolby audio Audio Premium


Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer

What’s in the box

Surface Book, Surface Pen, Power Supply, Quick Start Guide, Safety and warranty documents


1-year limited hardware warranty

Surface-Book-with-Performance-Base-3-webIt will be priced at $2,399 and can be pre-ordered here. Release date is 10th November.

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