Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 Ditches Tablet Mode

Mar 20, 2017 07:00 AM EDT | Joyce Vega

Back in 2015, Microsoft surprised everyone when they revealed the Surface Book laptop with a detachable display that functions as a tablet. But now it seems that Microsoft would not bring the tablet feature to its Surface Book 2.

According to Forbes, Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 will likely ditch the 2-in-1 design and adopt the traditional laptop design. It will likely feature a 13.5-inch display and chassis made of magnesium-aluminum alloy. The product will feature a starting price lower than that of its predecessors. It is expected to be priced at around $1,000, which is much lower than Microsoft’s current Surface Book model that ranges from $1,499-3,199.
Lowering the price will probably boost the demand for Surface Book 2. Microsoft could see up to 1.5 million units shipped in 2017, which is a big jump from their current annual shipments.

As reported by The Verge, Microsoft has shipped 500,000 Surface Book devices last year. The laptop had a limited demand due to the detachable design that also conflicted with the company’s Surface Pro line.
Microsoft has done a good job of refreshing its Surface Book product line. In October 2016, they added a performance base option that is designed to improve battery life and offer better graphics support. On top of that, they made the hinge gap a little smaller.

According to Tech Radar, if the rumors about the new Microsoft Surface Book 2 are true, this would be a huge reversal on the best and most unique aspect of the original Surface Book. The Surface Book 2 is expected to be announced within the next month or so. The original report comes from DigiTimes, and they don’t have a perfect track record when it comes to early reports. However, they were the first that broke the news of the Surface Studio, which is safe to assume that the news could actually be true.

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