110 Features to Look for in New Microsoft Surface Book 2 Hybrid
2The Display Will Go to 4K
Microsoft is eyeing ways to get the Surface Book 2’s display to 4K resolution, according to several rumors. The company believes that offering a hybrid with a 4K screen could go a long way in competing against Apple’s Retina display technology. It could also enhance the device’s credibility among gamers, graphic designers and the increasing number of people interested in super-high-resolution content.
3Bring On the USB-C Port
4Microsoft Will Keep the Hinge Technology
Since Microsoft gloated about the hinge technology built into the Surface Book last year, it will certainly be part of the next Surface Book. The hinge is designed to allow users to flip the screen around into tablet position without disconnecting it. In the land of hybrids, that’s an extremely appealing feature–and one that helps the Surface Book stand out.
5Better Internal Components, of Course
The second-gen Surface Book will come with better internal components. According to rumors, the device will feature higher-powered Intel processors, as well as a better graphics chip than the Nvidia GeForce GPU it’s already offering. That said, Intel isn’t expected to launch its seventh-generation Intel Core CPUs until next year, which has thrown some cold water on rumors that the Surface Book 2 will be substantially more powerful than its predecessor.
6The Design Won’t Change
Microsoft has little to no interest in changing the Surface Book’s design. And why would it? It’s already a thin, good-looking device with a top-notch hinge. Until Apple, Lenovo or HP can come up with a dramatically different look for a hybrid, there’s just not that much value in changing the Surface Book’s design.
7Expect the Latest Version of Windows 10
8Microsoft Will Find Better Battery Life
One of the core complaints about the Surface Book is that it doesn’t always deliver on its promised 12 hours of battery life. Expect Microsoft to address that in the Surface Book 2 by making tweaks to the internal components (and perhaps even bundling a bigger battery). Battery life must be better in the Surface Book 2.
9Expect Upgraded Front and Rear Cameras
Since the Surface Book is a hybrid at heart, the device will likely come with upgraded cameras, enabling users to take better snapshots and enhancing video-conferencing quality. The current 5-megapixel front-facing camera might get a boost to an 8-megapixel lens, and the 8-megapixel sensor on the back could go to 12 megapixels.
10The Surface Pen Will Remain
The Surface Book 2 will come with the Surface Pen. However, expect Microsoft to make some of the improvements to the accessory to make it a bit more appealing. The Surface Pen is fine for writing, marking up papers and more, but Apple has fired a salvo over Microsoft’s bow with its Pencil. Expect Microsoft to respond with an updated Surface Pen.
11Don’t Expect Any Price Changes
There’s little reason for Microsoft to change the price on its Surface Book 2. The original Surface Book got off to a strong start and remains one of the more popular products the company sells. By offering enhanced features at the same price, the Surface Book 2 could be an attractive competitor in the notebook market.