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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 | MYT 1:04 PM

Microsoft Surface Book 2 to go on sale March 15

The Microsoft family has just gotten bigger with the additions of Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2. These devices join the established Surface line which includes the recently launched Surface Pro.

"Since the launch of Surface Pro in Malaysia, we have been receiving feedback from our consumers that they are looking for different forms of Windows devices to suit their varying needs.

"Today, we are excited to be bringing an expanded lineup of Surface devices, which brings an ultimate computing experience with the combination of power and portability and will inspire users to bring a new level of creativity to their work," said Microsoft Malaysia chief marketing and operations officer Michal Golebiewski.

The Surface Book 2 is branded as Microsoft's most powerful Surface device to date. Featuring the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processor, up to 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM, as well as the latest Nvidia GeForce GPUs, Microsoft states that the Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original machine.

The Surface Book 2 supports four different modes including Studio Mode, Laptop Mode, View Mode and users can enjoy the Tablet Mode by detaching the screen. There are two options available for Surface Book 2, the 13.5in or 15in model, with a claimed battery life of 17 hours.

Prices for Surface Book 2 range from RM6,899 to RM14,199 depending on configuration, and weighs between 1.5kg and 2kg.

The Surface Laptop on the other hand has a sleek clamshell design, and is powered by 7th Gen Intel Core processor. Other specs include up to 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640.

It reportedly has a 14.5 hours battery life, and at 14.5mm height, the Surface Laptop weighs only 1.25kg. It is priced between RM4,499 and RM12,399 depending on configuration.

The laptop also features a signature keyboard covered in Alcantara material, that gives a quiet and responsive keyset.

All Surface devices support the Surface Pen – priced at RM299 – that comes in Black, Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue.

The Surface Laptop is already available at authorised Surface retailers while Surface Book 2 is ready for pre-orders and will go on sale starting March 15.