Microsoft unveils its most powerful laptop ever: the Surface Book i7

Microsoft has unveiled an update to its high-end Surface Book laptop, doubling its graphics performance and increasing its battery life.

The Surface Book’s thermal system was redesigned from the inside to allow for the performance of the Nvidia-based graphics system to be doubled, said Microsoft.

In addition to increasing the performance of the Surface Book, Microsoft said it also improved its battery life – with the laptop now lasting 16 hours.

The Surface Book i7 will launch in November, and pre-orders are available in the United States today for $2,399 (R33,359).

Original Surface Book specifications

Microsoft first announced its competitor to Apple’s MacBook range in October 2015.

The Surface Book boasts a 13.5″ optically-bonded 267PPI display (3,000 × 2,000 resolution) in a magnesium case, with a screen that can detach from its base.

The base contains an Nvidia graphics accelerator, a full-size backlit keyboard with keys that have 1.6mm of travel, a glass trackpad with five points of touch sensitivity, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a Mini DisplayPort connector.

Processing is taken care of by Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Skylake CPUs. The new Surface Book will sport Intel’s latest i7.

It supports 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage.

A fulcrum hinge connects the base to the screen, and Microsoft uses “muscle wire” for the mechanism to attach and detach the display.

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