Microsoft introduces cheaper Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2 variants

Microsoft introduces cheaper Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2 variants

The patent shows a new foldable display hinge mechanism that could make its way into the company's long-rumoured Surface smartphone or another future Surface device.

Now, if you can survive with a little less onboard storage, you don't have to burn so much of it.

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Of course, this low price tag means cutting a few corners, but the specs are still the same as the entry-level Surface Pro - more than enough for everyday tasks. There's now a version of the Surface Laptop available for just $799 - you might even be able to get it for even less. "Featuring a super-swish design, cutting-edge hardware and a pleasingly bloatware-free Windows install, it's hard to fault the Surface Book 2 for most tasks".

Were you tempted by the Surface Laptop, but found the price a bit too rich for your wallet?

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Coming to the Surface Book 2, which is an alternate for a PC convertible. The laptop runs Intel Core i7 processor, coupled with 16GB memory and 256GB/512GB/1TB storage. The software giant quietly unveiled the cheaper Surface Laptop over at the Microsoft Store, and the new $799 variant ships with Intel's Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Microsoft claims the Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro.

The Surface Book 2 received an 8/10 score from TrustedReviews during our test drive a year ago. The difference is you can't specify any more than this with the new Core m3 notebook, but the Core i5 spin lets you double the system RAM to 8GB should you wish.

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The version with a 256GB SSD is obviously still available in exchange for $1,499, and you don't get anything else extra compared to the $1,199 128 gig model.

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