Microsoft launches powerful Surface Book i7 to rival Apple MacBook Pro

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Microsoft has launched a newer variant of the Surface Book at its event in New York. The Surface Book i7 is the successor to the Surface Book released last year. Priced at $2,399, $2,799 and $3,299, the device will go head-to-head with Apple’s MacBook Pro.


Microsoft claims the Surface Book i7 to pack 30% more battery life than its predecessor. This translates to the device having 16 hours of battery life as last year’s Surface Book had 12 hours of battery life.

The Surface Book is powered by an Intel Core i7 chip and has twice the graphics performance than the original device, altogether three times more than that of Apple’s high-end offering – MacBook Pro.

Panos Panay, head of engineering for all of Microsoft’s devices, said that the laptop can drive 1.9 teraflops performance. He also mentioned that the Surface Book i7 is perfect for the gamers who want more frame rates, designers who want less lag and at users who want more battery life.

The Surface Book i7 has a removable touch screen and a secondary fan. Microsoft has claimed the device to be the “most powerful” Surface Book ever made.


The device is available at three variants. The low-end configuration, featuring 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) and 8GB RAM, is running for $2,399, the mid-range variant, equipped with 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM, is available for $2,799, while the high-end variant, featuring 1TB SSD and 16GB RAM, is available for $3,299. The Surface Book i7 is already available for pre-order and its shipping starts from next month.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Surface Book i7:

  • Display: 13.5-inch PixelSense display, 3000×2000-pixel resolution with 267 PPI
  • 6th Gen Intel Core i7
  • 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GDDR5 memory
  • RAM: 8GB/16GB
  • SSD: 256GB/512GB/1TB
  • Price: $2,399/$2,799/$3,299
  • Rear Facing Camera: 8.0-megapixel with 1080p HD video, Autofocus
  • Front Facing Camera: 5.0-megapixel with 1080p HD video
  • Connectivity:802.11ac Wi-Fi, 802.11a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Battery: Up to 16 hours of video playback

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