Microsoft has finally decided to launch the Surface Book 2 and Surface Laptop in India. The former was announced all the way back in May 2017 and the latter came out in October 2017.
Both the devices will be sold via offline and online outlets like Amazon India, Flipkart, Reliance Digital, and Paytm. As expected from the Surface series, Microsoft is charging a premium for the laptops. The Surface Book 2 starts at Rs 137999 for its 13.5-inch model which packs an Intel Core i5 processor, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD.
The 15-inch Surface Book 2 starts at Rs 222499 and offers an Intel Core i7 SoC, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD. Prices vary according to the configuration chosen, going up to Rs 295999 for a 15-inch screen, Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 1TB SSD, and 16GB RAM.
The Surface Laptop is available only in a 13.5-inch PixelSense Display, but again offers many customizations. The cheapest of the lot costs Rs 86999 and contains an Intel Core i5 processor, an Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU, 128GB SSD, and 8GB RAM. This escalates to Rs 233999 for the Intel Core i7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 1TB SSD, and 16GB RAM option.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs MacBook Pro
At these rates, Microsoft’s biggest competitor is the MacBook Pro. The Apple notebook goes up to Rs 231900 for its 15-inch variant. The Surface Book 2 has the advantage of being a 2-in-1 device, so its display can be detached for portability. There’s also the connectivity factor.
Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Book 2:
– OS: Windows 10 Pro Creators Update
– Display: 13.5-inch 2000 x 3000p/15-inch 3240 x 2160p
– CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650U/7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300U
– GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050/1060
– Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD
– RAM: 8GB/16GB
– Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front
– Battery Life: 17 hours
– Weight: 1534g/1905g
– Connectivity: Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth 4.1, 2 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C, UHS-II SDXC card reader, 2 Surface Connect, 3.5mm headphone jack
The MacBook Pro only offers four Thunderbolt 3 ports. On the other hand, the Surface Book 2 offers a USB-C port, an SD card reader, and two USB Type-A ports. Professionals usually prefer having more ports around rather than buying dongles to connect their equipment.