This is the return of Microsoft Surface with the powerful notebook, Surface book. It is the premium notebook, which has a slim design and is easily portable. Microsoft Surface product line was first launched in 2015. The company has claimed that the graphics performance of the new model Surface Book 2 is 5 times better than the old model. This time Microsoft has launched two versions of Surface Book 2, which are a 13.5-inch screen with resolution 3000x2000 pixels and a 15-inch screen with resolution 3240x2160 pixels. Both models are a touch screen that supports Surface Pen and Surface Dial. In addition, these two models also support Windows Mixed Reality, which is the AR and VR technologies from Microsoft as well.
Surface Book 3 provides four modes of usability as follows
1. Laptop mode: Experience a powerful and portable device in a slim and ultra-light laptop. Support various work types with up to 17 hours all-day battery life. Make your work simpler and more productive with a full keyboard and a large built-in trackpad or even easier with an interactive touchscreen.
2. Tablet mode: Enjoy the high definition and visualize display with PixelSense display technology. Detaching the screen away from the keyboard will transform the Surface laptop into the tablet that is thin, light, powerful, and easily portable.
3. Studio mode: Connect your Surface Book as a tablet, and then close the keyboard to switch to Studio mode for drawing and sketching in a comfortable and natural position. Enhance your experience in a new class of one designed for the creative process.
4. View mode: Press the button to detach the screen, turn the screen around, and re-detach it back to share content and presentation. Perfect for entertainment, for instance, watching a movie or playing your favorite game.
Though, Microsoft Surface may release the new version such as Microsoft Surface 3 in 2018. Media reported that Microsoft plans to release a Surface model at affordable prices to compete with iPad Gen 6, which recently received positive feedback from the public. Bloomberg reported that Microsoft probably launches an affordable surface model in the second half of 2018. It will be a 10-inch tablet with Windows 10 Pro. A price of an affordable version will be less than $400. A battery is expected to be used continuously for more than 4 hours. This new model may be launched with a Surface Keyboard, Stylus, and a new mouse model that is cheaper than the Pro version. Apple released the iPad 6, which mainly aims for education segment with a price of $329 but with a good spec. Therefore, it is interesting to see whether an affordable price of Microsoft Surface will be able to compete in the tablet market or not. It is different from the previous model, Microsoft Surface 2, which is an upgrade version of Surface RT that was released in 2012. It has better performance, clearer screen, and higher resolution camera. Surface 2 uses an energy-saving chip. The ARM processor operates by Windows RT 8.1, which is particularly designed for a touch screen. It comes with Microsoft Office bundles. All of the installations will be processed through Windows Store only. Even though Surface does not allow you to manually install a program like Surface Pro 2, but the advantages are a slimmer design, lightweight, and up to 10 hours of battery life. Hence, you don’t need to carry a charger with you. In overall, Surface 2 is the right answer for the lifestyle of a new generation. Therefore, we need to keep an eye on whether Microsoft will release Surface 3 or any Surface model that will be able to survive in this technology market.