Microsoft's new Surface Book i7: All you need to know

Microsoft today announced the Surface Book i7, a powerful Surface laptop with graphics twice as good as in its predecessor.

Surface Book can be pre-ordered starting today and will be available from November.

When Panos Panay, Head of Devices at Microsoft, set about revealing the Surface Book, he touched on what gamers, developers, engineers and other users really wanted from the device. For a device manufacturing company, to incorporate every suggestion in follow up devices must be virtually impossible, but Panay chose to create the new Surface Book with things that should satisfy almost every user- better graphics, more power, a better display and 16 hours of battery life.

The new Surface Book i7, aside from incorporating better graphics, also features a redesigned thermal system to keep it cool and quiet and hyperbolic cooling fans ensure that you will be able to play high-res games on it without worrying about its temperature. On the outside, it looks exactly like it's predecessor and Panos Panay's statement on Microsoft changing everything on the inside reminded one of Tim Cook's statement when he unveiled the iPhone 6s- 'All that's changed is everything.'

Specification-wise, the new Surface Book comes with a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 pixels, RAM options of 8GB and 16GB, an Intel Core i7 processor, a TPM chip for enterprise security and storage variants with 128GB, 156GB, 512GB  and 1TB options. The graphics card is a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M 2GB GPU, offering twice as good graphics performance as the NVIDIA® GeForce® dGPU with 1GB GDDR5 memory in its predecessor.

The Surface Book also comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity and features a front-facing 5-MP HD camera and a rear-facing 8-MP HD camera with video recording capability. The laptop holds two USB 3.0 ports, two Surface Connect ports, a Mini DisplayPort, two SD card readers and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also comes packed with sensors like an accelerometer, a gyroscope, an ambient light sensor and a magnetometer.

The new Surface Book can be pre-order starting today in the United States and is priced at $2,399, much costlier than the existing Surface Book but much cheaper if compared with Surface Studio, Microsoft's new $3000 all-in-one PC featuring a 28-inch touch screen and which can be a dream device for developers, creators and engineers alike but may not be suitable for everyone. 

We will let you know about the Surface Book i7's UK pricing and availability as soon as we hear from Microsoft.

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