Microsoft Surface Book i7 release date, specs: Upgraded hybrid laptop is twice as powerful, arrives November 10


The recently concluded trade event held by Microsoft has yielded two equally anticipated devices from the Redmond-based company, namely the Surface Studio and the Surface Book i7.

The new Surface Book has been equipped with upgraded features and specs giving its rivals a run for their money. As per Microsoft’s website, the refreshed notebook will be lighter as it dons a protective casing made of magnesium.

The Surface Book i7 features a 13.5-inch multi-touch display with the so-called PixelSense technology that boasts a 3,000 x 2,000-pixel resolution. Aside from the Intel Core i7 processor, the hybrid laptop is also equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics processing unit (GPU) with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.

Moreover, it will also have varying amounts of random access memory with the entry-level iteration carrying 8 GB while the high-end model will be getting an impressive 16 GB of RAM.

Contrary to previous speculations, the new Surface Book will still be powered by Intel’s sixth-generation Skylake chipset and will be preinstalled with the Windows 10 Pro operating system alongside a free 30-day trial of Microsoft Office Suite.

Other attributes include a face-recognition security feature known as Windows Hello where the user’s face can be detected by the device. Furthermore, it will sport two shooters with its front-facing camera having 5 megapixels while the rear shooter will boast 8 megapixels. Both are capable of high-definition playback.

Meanwhile, the base variant of the Surface Book i7 will be offered at $2,399 and can go as high as $3,299 depending on the configuration of specs. The new Surface Book is expected to hit the shelves on Nov. 10.

For more details about the recently released devices as well as the latest updates on the company’s upcoming devices, fans and would-be buyers may check out the official Microsoft website.