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Reports suggest Microsoft Surface Book 2 to pack 4K screen

by Mark Tyson on 10 May 2016, 11:31

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Surface

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Microsoft will launch an updated Surface Book laptop convertible in June, according to a couple of new reports. The Surface Book 2 will be updated with an Intel Kaby Lake processor, a 4K display, and USB Type-C connectivity, say the rumours. It is thought that a June launch would be a spoiler tactic by Microsoft, hoping to overshadow Apple's WWDC MacBook laptop launches.

The original Surface Book was unveiled in October last year alongside the Surface Pro 4 and said top represent "the next chapter," of devices designed for Windows 10 alongside the entry level Surface 3. Billed as both "the ultimate laptop," and the "fastest 13-inch laptop ever made anywhere on any planet" by Microsoft, the Surface Book offered compelling specs, including a Skylake Core processor, a 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 pixel touch display, battery life of up to 12 hours and even offered a dedicated Nvidia GPU onboard on some models.

A 4K display and the inclusion of USB Type-C connectivity are obvious upgrades for Microsoft's next Surface Book. Another area of attention would be the magnetic hinge mechanism, it would be tweaked to remove the gap present when closed says VineReport.

Will the folded hinge gap be removed?

Turning to the alleged Kaby Lake processor update – these 14nm processors are reportedly delayed and won't be shipping until the end of the year or thereabouts. A Microsoft Surface Book 2 launch event in June would therefore be very much out of sync with product availability. So, as often is the case, we must take these rumours with a pinch of salt - but we don't have too long to wait to see if they play out.

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Maybe they switch to Zen?
Maybe they switch to Zen?
Considering Zen won't be out until at least fall, that's very unlikely (however much I'd love for it to happen).

I have to say I'm pretty disappointed by this move, though. What do they gain from moving to 4K? Especially given the 3:2 display, that'd require the resolution to be 3840x2560 (or 4096x2730 if they're gunning for content creators craving DCI 4k), significantly higher than actual 4k, meaning even more power draw. And battery life is an area where the SB in its current form could stand to gain a bit. After all, the only reason to move to 4K would be the ability to natively show 4K video content, which would necessitate the full width of the base resolution (rather than sticking with “2160p” and going for 3240x2160).

I'd much rather see them move to a quad core CPU, although that would require some low power binning from Intel, possibly a special SKU, not to mention better cooling in the clipboard part. I'd love to see QC Intel chips that either significantly throttled or shut 2 cores off completely when in low power mode or while running on battery, though. That would be a step in the right direction compared to anemic ultrabook CPUs.
No thunderbolt 3?
Kaby Lake in June?
Complete and utter conjecture. This article, as well as the others created late last week, probably have zero basis in fact.

Oh well it gets posts and that's good for Hexus :)