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Microsoft Surface Book 2: From Hybrid to Conventional Laptop?

05 February 2018 | Reymart Sarigumba

Microsoft Surface is one of the most successful hybrid tablets that managed to deliver top notch performance despite the handy packaging. That’s why the Surface Book series from Microsoft has become a device to watch out for. For the case of Surface Book 2, it seems like fans will be disappointed, not because of its performance but because of its release date. It seems like we’ll be waiting a little longer to get our hands on the Surface Book 2.

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Apparently, there was no sign of the Surface Book 2 during Microsoft’s Spring product launch. However, signs are pointing that it may be revealed some time autumn this year (2017). Microsoft has also been so quiet about the much-anticipated Surface Book 2, there hasn’t been any official word about its release date, price, specs, and variants.

However, there are rumors saying that the Surface Book 2 may not follow the footsteps of its predecessor - it might go from hybrid to a fully-fledged laptop. If Microsoft will not follow the footsteps of its traditional clamshell design, one which we have already seen in the Surface Book line-ups, this one actually is an antithesis to what made the Surface Book a unique portable computer that became an instant fan favorite.

If that’s the path Microsoft will be pursuing for their Surface Book 2, it’s going to be a simpler device. This means it could also be more affordable than most Surface Books in the market today. Rumors suggest that it might be priced at around USD1,000 (4298 RM, 1378 SGD, 7780 HKD, and 50535 PHP) upon release compared to the cheapest one that’s available right now which is priced at USD1,300.

Despite rumors of it going back to a conventional laptop from being a hybrid tablet, what we could expect for Microsoft to retain is its original form factor flaunting a 13.5-inch screen and a magnesium-aluminum chassis.

However, there is no official announcement from Microsoft, to date. These rumors may or may not be true. That’s why, let’s just take them with a grain of salt, and just expect the best!

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