Entry-level Surface Book 2 could soon get a quad-core CPU

Microsoft Surface Book 2
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Image credit: Windows Central)

If you're in the market for a Surface Book 2 (opens in new tab), you may have a new baseline to choose from in the coming weeks. According to retail listings first discovered by WinFuture, Microsoft looks set to give its cheapest 13-inch Surface Book 2 a spec bump in the coming weeks, switching its current Intel Core i5-7300U processor out for a speedier Core i5-8350U.

The move would bump the entry-level Surface Book 2 from a dual-core chip to a quad-core one, offering around 50 percent greater performance in multi-core tasks. The newer chip also offers a slightly higher boost clock speed, coming in at 3.6 GHz.

Other than the processor bump, the improved entry-level model appears to carry the same general specs as the original. You'll still find 8GB of RAM, 13.5-inch PixelSense display with a 3000x2000 resolution, 17 hours of battery life, and a port selection that includes two USB 3.1 ports, a USB-C port, and an SD card reader.

Pricing is set to start at $1,500, which is the same price as the current configuratio nwith 256GB of storage, but there's currently no solid date for release. But the refreshed model will likely arrive sometime in the coming weeks.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Interesting that they're quietly making such a significant update without rebranding the device. Original owners might be angry.
  • Most of the people that bought the original probably don't come to this site, or read any technical information at all.
  • If only they had made a 256gb i7 model in 13". That would of been the sweet spot.
  • I want an I5 with 16GB of RAM, the RAM is vastly more useful to my work than the processor, but it just doesn't exist. That and I only need 256GB of storage. but nope, not an option, for me to get 16GB in the 13 Inch model will cost me $3499, and that's simply because I HAVE to upgrade two other aspects of the machine to get that RAM, it's insane.
  • I had the same conundrum when I got my SP4. Demanded 16GB of RAM, couldn't justify the cost of anything larger than 256GB SSD but didn't really need an i7. In reality, that config was only available with an i7 so "reluctantly" I had to get the more powerful system.
  • It would be perfect if it had a MX 250
  • I am in the market for a new , since usage of the old one has really gone downhill the last years but without a good replacement (... and - just don't cut it in my mind) what is a punctuation fan to do?
  • Stay away from surfacebook2 the service is totally pathetic .. if something goes wrong with your device and it will because it is buggy .. only higher escalation team can help you .. and this team does not seem to exist .. in case MS says this is a spam check Case 1464332658