Microsoft's Surface Book 2 Ditches Tablet Mode

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 Ditches Tablet Mode

By ditching the detachable display - while keeping the overall dimensions of the device similar to the current model - the Surface Book 2 will reportedly be priced as low as $1,000.

There are a couple of reasons given for this abrupt turnaround.

The new Surface Book 2 is actually in mass production now, reports DigiTimes, with Microsoft likely to announce the new portable towards the end of this month or early April. It appears that Microsoft may be about to kill the Surface Book's famed 2-in-1 design.

DigiTimes also claims that the Surface Book 2 will have much lower pricing than the original device. The smaller 10-inch version is comparable to the entry level Surface Pro 4 with 4 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of internal storage (further extendable up to 256 GB via SD card) and 2.6GHz dual-core 7 gen Intel Core m3.

The new Surface Book entered mass production recently, says, with shipments expected to rise each month.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 is expected to ship better numbers that its predecessor after its launch.

I personally do not think Panos Panay and his team are going to remove the best thing about the Surface Book with its successor - as it will simply be an outright stupid thing to do.

However, customers might be surprised as it was not the Microsoft Surface Book 2 that they were expecting.

The original Surface notebook has a detachable screen feature that allows it to morph into a tablet. However, according to Taiwanese industry sources, Microsoft is going to shortly revamp the range, turn it into a simple clamshell design, and sell it cheaper.

The sources also said that the new Surface Book will feature the same 13.5-inch display and magnesium-aluminium alloy of the existing model but at a lower price point. Designed as a flagship laptop that transforms into a massive tablet, the Surface Book was a productivity device that attempted to merge two worlds. The very same company builds the new Surface Studio.

Furthermore, it is virtually a giving that Microsoft will incorporate its highly-anticipated Windows 10 Creators Update on its upcoming line of Surface devices. Those using abusive language or behavior will result in being blacklisted on Disqus.