Rumor: Microsoft Surface Book 2 coming; detachable said to appear as soon as next month

Rumor: Microsoft Surface Book 2 coming; detachable said to appear as soon as next month
With detachables now making up 12.4% of the overall tablet market, it appears that Microsoft is planning to expand its push into that category. The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is rumored to be heading toward a release in the not too distant future, and there is some speculation that Microsoft is waiting to time the launch of the new model with the release of Intel's seventh generation of i5 and i7 chips. These chips will be manufactured using the 14nm process.

Analytic firm IDC recently gave Microsoft's Surface line the credit for being the trailblazer in the detachable category, although Apple currently is the leader with the Apple iPad Pro. There is also talk that the second-gen Surface Book will see a nice boost in screen resolution from the current 2000 x 3000 to include a 4K resolution screen. And the USB Type-C port will allow for faster data transfer speeds, and perhaps the ability to use a smaller secondary display.

he Surface Book was first introduced about seven months ago, and while there haven't been any leaks to speak of, Microsoft could unveil the Surface Book 2 as early as next month. The good news for those who are priced out of the market right now, is that such a move by Microsoft would allow them to significantly cut prices on the original Surface Book.

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source: TheNextTrex



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

If it's released this year then I'd rather wait for SB3.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Microsoft updates their Surface device about once a year The SB2 will be released this year The SB3 won't be released until 2017

10. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

So what upgrade are we getting? Surely not processor nor graphics upgrade, the what's left to upgrade? Releasing SB2 now would be a stupid decision because there's not much to upgrade.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO this rumor is fake I dont think we will see the SB2 until Q3 (when the new Kabylake CPUs and mid range mobile GPUs are rumored to be coming) I'd expect the SB2 to have *new 7th gen Intel KabyLake CPU *new Nvidia GP106 or GP107 based GPU *Or new AMD Polaris 11 based GPU Those GPUs would be a huge improvement over the 940M with GDDR5

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hell no to any AMD sh*t, I personally wouldn't consider anything containing that walking duck's products ever again. Their stupid product driver support would shorten the life span of your system, you'll be forced into buying newer devices to utilize later versions of Windows... Take for example, my 2008 HP Pavilion dv3510nr that came with Windows Vista, an Intel Centrino 2 CPU and Nvidia GeForce GPU. it's still running fine with Windows 10 today and being utilized by a relative who's going through college. On the contrary a friend's 2011 HP Pavilion g6 that came with Windows 7 and an AMD APU, keeps getting BSOD on resume from sleep/hibernate due to graphics driver incompatibility, making it unreliable on the go.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Agree 1000%. I have a 2007 Motion Computing LE1700 with Core 2 Duo and Intel 945 GPU. It's on Windows 10 14332 and it's in my truck every day. When updating from 7 Pro, the only "lemon" I got was the display driver, as usual. Updated via Windows Update almost immediately and haven't looked back. I do regret going to 14332 because the build killed off Windows Journal in favor of the new inking feature.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? I preferred ATI (when it was ATI) over anything Nvidia. Even today, I'd rather have a high end Radeon over anything Nvidia. But that's just me. Well yeah those Cheap AMD CPU's that have the GPU onboard, yes I would never buy those. But a Radeon or a Radeon Pro card as a dedicated option, yes would be awesome. Or the AMD FirePro? WOW! That would spice thinsg up quaite a bit. Nothing beats the FirePro. But again, that's just me.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Well we have/had a intel/NVidia desktop that bluescreens the crap out of it when playing any game or using it for any extended time periods. Hence the word sits to the side. Now I highly doubt the AMD APU BSOD from day one (they do quality check at some point), if it has it is not a driver issue, but hardware. I would have gotten it replaced under warranty. Now if it is a driver issue, you can remove the driver, and fall back on one from earlier. I have many pcs but the old grandpa is my AMD 940 with a 4850HD card in issues, running windows 10. Has survived vista, 7, 8 (both tech releases etc) and now win 10 since dev preview was allowed. The driver doesn't even support windows 10, but I can back install an old driver. I have a old amd laptop with I think the 5xxx series in issues from sleep or anything.

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I tried a fresh install of Windows 10, still got BSOD after every wake. AMD stated somewhere on their website that they no longer support it, and the last driver was a beta driver. Can't recall the model number at the moment. I guess the integrated gpu chips suck while the discrete chips get good support.

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I've got a GTX 760, but I've heard AMD's fixed thir GPU driver issues now (their CPUs and APUs are still pretty bad though) But I'm not sure if AMD's Polaris on par with Nvidia's Pascal in terms of perf/watt, which is critical on mobiles

2. seh82

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

I highly doubt it'll be released before the run-up to the holiday season. Probably no sooner than October-November. I'd love a June release though... that would increase the likelihood of a few deals come December.

5. GTRagnarok

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

The best thing about the next Surface Book is the improved dedicated GPU option. A 14nm/16nm Polaris/Pascal GPU using the same power as the current 940M will be much more powerful.

11. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

If it's released next month, we won't get the new GPU or processor, so no, keep dreaming. But if they wait until end of the year or next year, it would totally be possible

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

AMD's new Polaris GPUs are being announced at Computex at the end of this month Nvidia just announce their GP104 based GPUs (high end and mid range). But their mobile GPUs (GP106 and GP107) supposedly aren't coming until Q3

6. cookie_cutter

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Please 18 or 17 inch version microsoft. 13 inch is too small, 22 inch is too big, 18 inch is the perfect size for portability and to glide your hand on the screen comfortably. My wacom cintiq 22HD cant be put on my lap its just too heavy and would crush my balls to a pulp.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that'll be great, but gonna miss all those shortcut key on cintiq :-/ (cintiq companion is overpriced AF)

18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

You don't have to miss any of them, thanks to Tablet Pro on the Windows Store:

7. chongsen

Posts: 3; Member since: May 26, 2015

SB2 is supposed to be a s model. I don,t think it will be much different from SB1.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Surface Book and Surface Pro's are the best tablets on the market right now, ipad's are miles away you cannot even compare!

14. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And just like other crappy windows tablet. It doesn't have a dedicated GPU which makes PC gaming fall on ultrabooks with dedicated GPU. Also, majority of apps isn't utilize to run and use touchscreen based controls. Can you even run RTS games on that tablet with no keyboard?

15. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

The Surface book can be configured with a 940M, beyond that they aren't meant for gaming. Different products suit different needs.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So you say you can do all these things on your ipad.......Please! Have you been living in a cage? Oh wait ifans are blind that must be it........

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

About time you came out of that your cave hole. Welcome to 2014, we've long had Tablet PC mouse, which is now Tablet Pro on the Windows store for customizable on-screen game controls for any browser-based or local PC game: In conjunction with that, we've long had GestureWorks GamePlay 3 that goes way beyond touch controls for Steam games: Finally, if you think running Crysis 3 in 1080p at a steady 30FPS is crappy, you must be one die-hard gamer, the Surface Book isn't for such people. There's a whole lot more uses of a GPU than sitting in a basement gaming all day: Also, there's a whole lot of non-hardcore games on Steam as well, most of which can be handled by the Surface Pro (IIRC, game debate stated the Surface Pro 2 hardware was compatible with 60% of Steam games):

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Beautiful post dude!

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You think the Surface is a toy liek the iPad? Gosh you're stupid. Many games may not have been made for touch, still work. I dont have a Surface Book, but I am planning it this holiday. But I do have the SP4. Its not a toy. Also the Surface Book is very good at games, but it wasn't meant for games. It does have a dedicated GPU if you use the keyboard dock. If all you want to play is games, why would you even be looking at a Surface Book in the first place? Gosh you're stupid and clueless about hardware.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Each time I visit a store, the surface book calls my name, also have a sp4 and its a beast. Beats my dying old desktop that im to nostalgic to get rid of.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because you can't put a dedicated GPU innto a tablet that doesn't have active cooling. Gosh! Are you really that dense? Dedicated GPU's require ACTIVE COOLING. They would get to hat for a tablet form factor. The vast majority of Windows applications don't need a dedicated GPU. This is got a gaming TOY. If you want a gaming computer, YOU BUILD ONE. Gosh dude. You keep trumpeting the same thing and you sound liek a complete and uttered fool, because you don't even understand why you are looking or even trying to compare this to a gaming laptop or a laptop with dual GPU setups.

26. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

will surface phone come ?

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