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New 15-inch Surface Book 2 configuration available sporting an Intel Core i5

What you need to know

  • A new Core i5 configuration of the Surface Book 2 is available.
  • It lowers the entry price of the 15-inch Surface Book 2 by $500.
  • It uses Intel's integrated graphics rather than discrete graphics.

The Surface Book 2 is a unique convertible laptop thanks to its ability to have the screen detach from the laptop base and function as a tablet. Now, a new configuration of the convertible laptop is available from Best Buy (opens in new tab) (via Neowin).

The new configuration uses an Intel Core i5-8350U processor rather than the Core i7 chip that was already available on other models. It comes with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The Core i5 variant of the Surface Book 2 is $500 cheaper than the previous cheapest version of the 15-inch Surface Book 2.

A notable difference between this version and its more expensive siblings is that it comes with Intel's integrated graphics rather than discrete graphics. This helps the price stay lower but comes at the cost of having less power.

The option to have a 15-inch version at a lower price point means that consumers have the option to get the form factor of a larger Surface Book without having to pay for discrete graphics and a core i7 processor.

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Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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6 Comments
  • On the Microsoft Store you can only pick a 7th generation CPU for the i5 version.
  • Cool that this is available, but I'm waiting for October to see if they release the Book 3. I need a more powerful computer but I want to make it count, as I'm not in a position to buy high-end computers all the time.
  • Why don't they make a Surface Laptop 15" instead? Switch to 9th gen or even Ice Lake CPUs and reduce that price. Also make it more serviceable and cut down on the glue!
  • Is it also passive like the similar variant of the 13 inch model?
  • It's not the quad-core 8th gen i5, it's the dual-core 7th gen i5.
  • On the Microsoft site, when you are selecting your model you have to click on the 7th gen box, but after you select it in the order summary it says 8th gen. I suspect it is the 8th gen, because are 7th gen chips even being manufactured anymore?