7th Gen Intel Core i5 Surface Book 2 is back in Microsoft Store for some reason

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What you need to know

  • The Surface Book 2 with a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 is available again through the Microsoft Store.
  • Several reports indicate that a new Surface Book is on the way.
  • The Surface Book 2 with the older 7th Gen chip is available starting at $1,150 (opens in new tab).

An older variant of the Surface Book 2 recently reappeared on Microsoft's website. You can now order a Surface Book 2 with a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor starting at $1,150 (opens in new tab). The reappearance of the older Surface Book 2 comes at a time when a Surface Book 3 is reportedly on the way. Several leaks indicate that a Surface Book 3 is imminent.

As pointed out by Neowin, the 7th Gen chip in the Surface Book 2 is a dual-core chip rather than the quad-core processors in the Surface Book 2 with an 8th Gen Intel processor. That's a significant change and makes the reappearance of the older Surface Book 2 a bit odd.

It's not uncommon for companies to sell older hardware, but having the Surface Book with a 7th Gen chip appear amidst reports of a next-gen replacement is a tad curious. The Surface Book 2 with a 7th Gen chip starts at $1,150 for a 13.5-inch model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Several variants of the Surface Book 2 with 8th Gen chips are sold out, so the reappearance of the older model gives people some options. That being said, with the Surface Book 3 reportedly passing through the FCC recently, it's probably best to wait and see what Microsoft announces before ordering any new pieces of hardware.

Sean Endicott
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2 Comments
  • Cue Admiral Ackbar: "IT'S A TRAP!"
  • "Several variants of the Surface Book 2 with 8th Gen chips are sold out" Might that not answer our question?