The Surface Book 2 is finally available for preorder, but how good is it? And how does the 13-inch model stack up to the original Surface Book?

The new Surface Book 2 rocks the latest "Kaby Lake" i7 processors, USB-C (finally), and a badass GTX 1050 GPU, putting it on par with some of the best 13.5-inch laptops out there. Speaking of which, the Surface Book 2 comes in two flavors this time around: a 13.5-inch version and a 15-inch model with more powerful specs.

Here's a look at how much of a bump you'll get with the new 13-inch model versus the original Surface Book, which launched in 2015.

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Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch model) vs. Surface Book

Category Surface Book 2 (13.5 inch) Surface Book (2015)
Processor Core i5-7300U (3.2GHz dual-core)
Core i7-8650U (4.2GHz quad-core)
Core i5-6300U (3.0GHz dual-core)
Core i7-6600U (3.4GHz dual-core)
Display size 13.5-inch PixelSense Display 13.5-inch PixelSense Display
Display resolution 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI) 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI)
RAM 8GB or 16GB 8GB or 16GB
Native Graphics Core i5: Intel HD Graphics 620
Core i7: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Intel HD Graphics 520
Discrete Graphics Core i5: None
Core i7: NVIDIA GTX 1050 (2GB)
Core i5: None
Core i7: NVIDIA GTX 940M (1GB)
Storage 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
Battery Up to 17 hours
Up to five hours in Tablet Mode
Up to 12 hours
Up to three hours in Tablet Mode
Wireless Marvel Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Marvel Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
Ports Two USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen1)
One USB Type-C with video, power in/out and USB 3.1 (Gen1) data
Full-size SDXC card reader (UHS-II)
Headphone jack (3.5mm)
Two Surface Connect ports (one in tablet, one in base)
Two full-size USB 3.0
Full-size SD card reader
Two Surface Connect ports (one in tablet, one in base)
Headset jack (3.5mm)
Mini DisplayPort
Audio Stereo Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Windows Sonic for Headphones
Dolby Atmos for Headphones compatible
Stereo Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Windows Sonic for Headphones
Dolby Atmos for Headphones compatible
Dimensions 312 mm x 232 mm x 15 to 23 mm (L x W x D) 232.1 mm x 312.3 mm x 13.0 to 22.8 mm (L x W x D)
Weight Core i5: 1533 g (3.38 lbs)
Core i7: 1642 g (3.62 lbs)
i5 GPU: 3.34 lbs (1516 g)
i5/i7 dGPU: 3.48 lbs (1576 g)
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Cameras 5.0MP 1080p video @30 FPS (front)
8.0MP 1080p video at 30 FPS with auto-focus (rear)
5.0MP 1080p video at 30 FPS (front)
8.0MP 1080p video at 30 FPS with auto-focus (rear)
Windows Hello IR Camera IR Camera
Price Starts at $1,499 Starts at $1,499
Availability November 16, 2017
Preorders start November 9, 2017
November 2015

Surface Book comparison conclusion

As you can see, the Surface Book 2 dominates the original Surface Book across the board, with more powerful processors, a beefy 1050 GTX GPU, and even a quad-core option. Microsoft also put the Surface Book 2 through a round of refinements and tweaks. The "screen wobble" between the base and the detachable tablet screen has been reduced. The balance on the fulcrum hinge has been improved, allowing for one-handed opening. The Core i5 model without the dedicated GPU (dGPU) is completely fanless, and the dGPU model only has a fan in the base. The battery life has been significantly boosted, and there are other additions such as USB-C and improved key travel.

All of these design refinements carry across to the verifiably insane, no-compromises Surface Book 2 15-inch model as well, which sports a GTX 1060 with 6GB of VRAM and a quad-core i7 GPU atop a stunning 15-inch display.

Preorders of the Surface Book 2 are now available, starting at $1,499. For a more detailed look at the Surface Book 2 devices, hit the link below.

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Surface Book 2: 13.5 and 15-inch models detailed

Updated November 9, 2017: We checked our spec list and republished this post as soon as Surface Book 2 preorders became available.