Microsoft Juices Its Surface Book With More Power and 16-Hour Battery Life

Microsoft blew our minds last year when it announced the Surface Book—and its crazy detachable display. This year, the company’s refreshing the product, and claims it has stuffed two times as much processing power and 30 percent more battery life in the exact same design.

The battery life sounds pretty killer: 16 hours. The extra processing power also makes the new Surface Book three times more powerful than a 13-inch MacBook Pro, according to Microsoft.

Advertisement

But the company didn’t announce any specific specs beyond that. We can assume that the improved battery performance relies on Intel’s Skylake i7 processor, but we don’t know. It’s unclear what graphic chipset the more powerful models will use, though we should know the details soon enough. Update: The new i7 model will come with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics card, making it powerful enough for gaming. You can read the full specs here.

Here’s the bad news. The top new Surface Book costs $2,400. But you can get the basic model for $1,500. Pre-orders start today, and the new Surface Book will start shipping in November.

Advertisement

Correction: An earlier version of this post said that the new Surface Book came with a Kaby Lake processor. It is, in fact, a Skylake.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

About the author

Adam Clark Estes

Senior editor at Gizmodo.

EmailTwitterPosts
PGP Fingerprint: 91CF B387 7B38 148C DDD6 38D2 6CBC 1E46 1DBF 22A8PGP Key
OTR Fingerprint: D9330D9B 6CF5E271 7FAC6194 DAA9B51B E09A99B2