Surface Book 2 Might Be Regular Laptop to Lower the Price

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Microsoft's Surface Book is a detachable 2-in-1 that's definitely a laptop first, rather than a tablet with a floppy keyboard and kickstand. And the sequel might not even transform at all.

A new report suggests the Surface Book 2 will ditch its convertible nature altogether for a more traditional and affordable design due this year.

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According to sources speaking to DigiTimes, Microsoft's next Surface Book, which recently entered mass production, will "adopt a clamshell design instead of its traditional 2-in-1" form. The source believes Microsoft will announce this notebook sometime between now and April.

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The report suggests the move is being done because of a conflict between the Surface Book and the Surface Pro product line, the latter of which isn't as natural to use in one's lap. The other reported reason for the move is to make the Surface Book more affordable, as this traditional laptop is expected to start at around $1,000.

A grand isn't exactly cheap, but it's still lower than the original Surface Book (starting at $1,499) and today's models (starting at $1,299).

DigiTimes doesn't have a sterling track record on rumors and leaks, so we have to look at this report with some skepticism. Microsoft ripping a signature feature out of its flagship laptop doesn't make a whole lot of sense. 

The other way to read this rumor is that this is just one of multiple Surface Books planned for release this year. The quotes in the DigiTimes article state that this new Surface Book will drop the 2-in-1 design, but it doesn't write off the possibility of this simply being the entry-level model.

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  • David Brown Says:

    360-degree hinge with a multitouch screen (better then FHD please) + NVIDIA 1060 would be a great thing to see.

  • JuanSoto Says:

    If they go pure laptop, I hope they keep the document-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio.

  • Diego Q Says:

    I got my 1st gen Surface Book in late November 2016, and I have been using it every single day since I got it...

    I bought it for a personal business project to be used as a 3D mechanical and industrial design... and I ended up using it also for gaming, painting and note taking for some lectures...

    The detach-ability of this device is what I love the most, and as a Mechanical Engineer I marvel at the idea behind the inner working.

    I mostly use my Surface Book as a Laptop, but I love detaching it and laying back to watch some movie, browse, read or sketch...

    I was looking forward to upgrading my setup somewhat regularly with newer Books... however if this is the way its going to be, I will probably upgrade to the Performance Base and keep it until it dies.

    The only way I would be on-board with this strategy is if Microsoft actually merge the concept with the Surface Pro line and release a Surface Pro with an Optional "Book Keyboard" that would make it more traditionally suited, improve battery and improve graphic performance...

  • Samuel B Says:

    Don't know why they would ditch the 2 in 1 format instead of just ditching detachability. If it's just a normal laptop, there are better options.

  • Curtis Quick Says:

    Curtis Quick • 15 minutes ago
    A Surface Book 2 that has no detachable screen is no different from the rest. There is just no point. I have a Surface Book that I absolutely love using. I am a science teacher and every day in the office I use it to prepare for class with the screen attached and when I go to class I use it as a tablet to write with the pen on the big 6-foot classroom screen for all the students to see. The Surface Book is perfect for this. Experience, however, has taught me that the base model I have is not as powerful as I need it to be. I have been looking forward to upgrading to the Surface Book 2 with its more powerful Kaby Lake processor, more ram and more storage space. But if it has no detachable touch screen - it's no deal. I will not go back to a laptop, ever! A PC with no detachable touch screen and pen would be purgatory to me. My only hope is that either this rumor is untrue, that MS is going to have two Surface Book 2 models - a low-cost version with no detachable screen and a premium model with the detachable screen. I have no wish to pay the premium price, but I will if it becomes necessary. Buying the expensive model is still cheaper than buying both a quality tablet and a quality laptop.


    I just returned my surfacebook.. First one was defective. Second one. I just hated it and couldn't justify the price. Much prefer my 2013 MacBook Pro. I wanted the idea of the 2 and 1. Detachable just a stupid design. Poor battery life. No go for me. Thankfully Costco gives you 90 days. Also, support was terrible. Only one local place to bring in Colorado.

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