Microsoft has launched the Surface Book 2 and Surface Laptop in India. The Redmond-based software giant is expanding its Surface lineup beyond Surface Pro in India for the first time. The Surface Book 2 and Surface Laptop were globally announced in October last year and Microsoft is finally making them available to Indian consumers as well.
It is not surprising that Microsoft is launching two of its most premium in India. According to International Data Corporation, the Indian PC market started the year on a positive note with traditional PC shipments increasing by 8.2 percent year-over-year. During the second quarter of 2018, IDC notes that the global PC market recorded its strongest year-on-year growth in more than six years. Microsoft wants to capitalize on this positive synergy around PC shipments and to do so, it needs to expand availability of Surface and as one of the fastest growing market for connected devices, India has become the obvious stop.
At an event held in the national capital, Microsoft announced the availability of Surface Book 2 and Surface Laptop. While they might be nearly a year-old device, Microsoft is offering them with latest eighth generation Intel Core processors leaving no reason for complain. The Surface Book 2 is being offered in 13-inch and 15-inch screen sizes and are aimed at prosumers while the Surface Laptop is aimed at back-to-school shoppers, enterprise users and professionals looking for lightweight device.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 Specifications and Price
Microsoft Surface Book 2 is the most premium laptop one can buy in the market right now. It features a magnesium alloy casing like the Surface Pro but uses dynamic fulcrum hinge that flexes like a snake. The Surface Book 2 can be picked up with either a 13.5-inch PixelSense display supporting a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels and 3:2 aspect ratio or a 15-inch PixelSense display with a resolution of 3240 x 2160 pixels and 3:2 aspect ratio.
The 13-inch model starts with 7th generation Intel Core i5-7300U processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. There is also a variant with 8th generation Intel Core i7-8650U CPU and option for either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage. The 15-inch model comes standard with Core i7-8650U and 16GB RAM and can be configured with up to 1TB of SSD storage. The 13-inch model with Core i5 uses onboard Intel Graphics 620 for GPU while the Core i7 models come equipped with discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 2GB of video memory. The 15-inch model gets even better graphics with NVIDIA GTX 1060 and 6GB GDDR5 graphics memory. If your work involves a lot of video editing or rendering 3D files then 15-inch model is what you need to buy.
With Surface Book 2, Microsoft is promising up to 5 hours of battery life in the tablet mode and up to 17 hours of battery in laptop mode for both the models. They both run Windows 10 Pro with April Creators Update and port configuration includes two USB 3.0 Port, one USB Type-C port, full-size SDXC card reader, headphone jack and Surface Connect port for charging. They also feature an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. There is a full-size keyboard with 1.55mm of key travel and glass track pad with multi-fingers gesture support.
In terms of pricing, the 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 starts at Rs 1,37,999 for the base model with Core i5 CPU. The Core i7 model with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD is priced at Rs 1,85,999. The variant with standard 16GB RAM, Core i7 and option for 512GB or 1TB SSD is priced at Rs 2,22,999 and Rs 2,57,999 respectively. The 15-inch model starts at Rs 2,22,999 for the 256GB SSD variant while the 512GB and 1TB SSD storage variants are priced at Rs 2,95,999 and Rs 2,58,999 respectively.
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Microsoft Surface Laptop Specifications and Price
Microsoft Surface Laptop is the first clamshell designed notebook from the Redmond-based company. It builds on the design language first seen on the Surface Pro 4 and the keyboard comes standard with alcantara finish. The Surface Laptop weighs around 1.3 Kg and is the alternative to MacBook Air that runs Windows 10.
In terms of specifications, the Surface Laptop features a 13.5-inch PixelSense display similar to the Surface Book with a resolution of 2256 x 1504 pixels and 3:2 aspect ratio that has now become standard on Surface devices. It has an aluminium unibody design and can be configured with either 7th generation Core i5 or Core i7 CPU. It is somewhat a letdown when there are laptops available with updated 8th generation Core CPU in the market.
The Surface Laptop can be purchased with either 4GB or 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB or 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage. The laptop features full-size backlit keyboard with 1.5mm key travel and glass trackpad with precision drivers. There is also TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security and supports Windows Hello facial recognition. It comes with connectivity features like WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and port choice includes one full-size USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, headphone jack and SurfaceConnect for magnetic power and docking.
The Surface Laptop is rated to last up to 14.5 hours on a single charge and comes with 44W power supply and USB charging port. The Surface Laptop with Core i5, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 86,999 while the 256GB storage variant is priced at Rs 1,14,999. The Core i7 variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will retail for Rs 1,44,999 while the 16GB RAM with 512GB or 1TB of SSD are priced at Rs 1,96,999 and Rs 2,33,999 respectively.