This week Microsoft unveiled the newest member of the Surface family, the Surface Book 2, two years after the original Surface Book was launched. Powered by the latest 8th generation Intel Dual-Core, Quad-Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, the new device has up to five times the graphics-performance capabilities compared to the original Surface Book. It also has a multi-touch PixelSense Display, which is a very competitive factor against the new MacBook Pro.

The Surface Book 2 is available in two sizes, 13.5in & 15in and boasts a 17-hour battery life, which means 4 times more power than before.

According to Panos Panay, Microsoft Devices Corporate Vice President, the device is powerful enough for the next wave of computing, characterized by mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning and immersive gaming.

surface 2 Microsoft techThe integration between the Surface Book 2 and the Adobe Creative Cloud has been vastly improved. It allows artists, designers, developers, and engineers to run a wide range of professional software like Adobe, Autodesk, and Dessault flawlessly. Gamers will now be able to play popular PC games at 1080p, 60 FPS, including popular titles like Forza Motorsport 7 and Gears of War 4.

Another new feature of the Surface Book 2 is a USB Type-C port, which is compatible with Windows Mixed Reality Ultra. Built-in wireless connectivity for Xbox One controllers is an exclusive feature for the 15-inch model.

The 13-inch Book 2 will be available for pre-order starting Nov. 9. The 15-inch Book 2 will be available Nov. 9 at Microsoft stores in the U.S. and on Delivery will begin Nov. 16. Pricing starts at US$1,499.