While the Microsoft paid plenty of attention to the new high-end Surface Book with Performance Base introduced at its recent Windows 10 October event, the company has also introduced a new configuration for the original Surface Book. Available for pre-order now (opens in new tab) (via Neowin), the new configuration sports an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
Previously, models with the Intel Core i5 processor were only available with 128GB or 256GB of storage. This new configuration with 512GB of storage goes for $1,999 and does not include a dedicated GPU. For that, you'll have to move up to a Core i7 model. Still, more options are never a bad thing, particularly if you don't need the most powerful Surface Book on the market, but still want plenty of built-in storage.
The Core i5 512GB configuration is set to start shipping on November 10, and you can pre-order at the Microsoft Store now.
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I bet they will get sold out..
That would be awesome if it had the dGPU. Oh well I plan to wait for Gen 2 anyways. I only have to wait another six months haha.
So, expecting the book to be around for some time.
I wonder if MSFT would be willing to sell just the upgraded base in the future. There's a lot less need to upgrade the screen.
On a related note, it have yet to see the first eBay sale of a separate slate/clipboard or a separate base/keyboard. I expected that users who break their Surface Book would put the remaining operational part on eBay. So I guess these things don't break that often! The downside: not so easy to get your hands on a clipboard at low cost, or mix and match clipboard and keyboards.
Do I need the GPU option if I want to edit in Photoshop and Lightroom? Will it significantly speed it up? I've been looking for this exact configuration with the GPU option for my photography work.
How can I get that mug?
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