Surface Book 2 15” vs. Surface Book i7: Full specs comparison

The following is a comprehensive comparison of the Surface Book 2 15” and Surface Book i7 specifications, including details on CPU, memory, storage, battery life, display quality, and other features.

Surface Book 2 15” Pros

Reasons that Surface Book 2 15” is better than Surface Book i7.

Newer manufacturing

2017 vs. 2016

Much faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-8650U inside Surface Book 2 15” has a 144% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-6600U inside Surface Book i7.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Surface Book 2 15” - Intel Core i7-8650U
3,879
Surface Book 2 15” - Intel Core i5-8350U
2,982
Surface Book i7 - Intel Core i7-6600U
1,584
11% larger display

Surface Book 2 15” has a 15-inch screen size 11% larger than the 13.5-inch Surface Book i7.

Display size
Surface Book 2 15”
15-inch
Surface Book i7
13.5-inch

Surface Book i7 Pros

Reasons that Surface Book i7 is better than Surface Book 2 15”.

About 13% lighter

Surface Book i7 weighed 3.68 pounds, 13% lighter than the 4.20 pounds Surface Book 2 15”.

WeightSurface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
Pound
4.20 lbs.
3.68 lbs.
Kilogram
1.91 kg
1.67 kg

Key Similars

Similar characteristics share between Surface Book 2 15” and Surface Book i7.

Supports the same maximum memory size of up to 16GB

Both laptops supports up to 16GB of system memory.

Max system memory size
Surface Book 2 15”
16 GB
Surface Book i7
16 GB
Uses the same memory type and speed

Both laptops supports the same 1866MHz LPDDR3 RAM.

Memory type and speed
Surface Book 2 15” - LPDDR3
1,866 MHz
Surface Book i7 - LPDDR3
1,866 MHz

Prices

Here are the latest price updates and offers for both devices.

Surface Book 2 15” Price
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB), Silver
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB), Silver
By Microsoft
$694.95
$799.99 13% OFF
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$599.99
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1 TB) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1 TB) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$1,475.00
Surface Book i7 Price
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$599.99
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - 13.5in (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - 13.5in (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$710.00
Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
Microsoft Surface Book 3 - 13.5" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB SSD (Latest Model) - Platinum
By Microsoft
$999.92

Availability

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
Released20172016
Release Date
  • Introduced: October 17, 2017
  • Pre-ordered: November 9, 2017
  • Released: November 16, 2017
  • Introduced: October 26, 2016
  • Pre-ordered: October 26, 2016
  • Released: November 10, 2016
PricingStarting at 1,999$Starting at 2,399$
Generations

Exterior

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
Size Comparison
Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
Dimensions13.5” x 9.87” x 0.57”-0.90” (343 mm x 251 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)12.3” x 9.14” x 0.59”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)
Weight
  • Total: 4.20 lbs (1,905 g)
  • Tablet: 1.80 lbs (817 g)
  • Tablet only: 1.6 lbs (726 g)
  • Total: 3.68 lbs (1,669 g)
Colors
Platinum
Platinum
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size mechanical backlit keyset with 1.55mm travel.
    • Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard.
  • Trackpad:
    • Larger size 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gesture.
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size mechanical backlit keyset with 1.55mm travel.
    • Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard.
  • Trackpad:
    • Larger size 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gesture.

Display

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
Size15 Inches13.5 Inches
Info
  • Display Resolution: 3240 x 2160 (7M Pixels)
  • Display Density: 260 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1600:1
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
  • Display Resolution: 3000 x 2000 (6M Pixels)
  • Display Density: 267 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1700:1
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch

Ports

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
Surface Book 2 15” Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
  • 2 x Full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1
    Supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort.
  • 2 x Surface Connect™
    1 in tablet, 1 in keyboard base, both supports charging and docking.
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Full-size SDXC card reader
    UHS-II Performance
Surface Book i7 Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
  • 2 x Full-size USB 3.0
  • 2 x Surface Connect™
    1 in tablet, 1 in keyboard base, both supports charging and docking.
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Full-size SDXC card reader (UHS-II performance)

Internal Specs

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
Processor
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.70 → 3.60 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.90 → 4.20 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  1. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.60 → 3.40 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  1. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U
    Intel® HD Graphics 520
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1050 MHz
Memory
8GB 16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
8GB 16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060
    Pascal Architecture, 6GB GDDR5 192-bit, 1404 → 1670 MHz, 1280 CUDA Cores.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965m
    Maxwell Architecture, 2GB GDDR5 128-bit, 924/935 - 950/1151 MHz, 1024 CUDA Cores.
Storage
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
1 x M.2 2280 PCIe SSD
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
Soldered PCIe 3.0 SSD

Connectivity

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology

Battery

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
Size
  • Total: 90Wh
    Clipboard: 23Wh
    Base: 67Wh
  • Total: 81Wh
    Clipboard: 18Wh
    Base: 63Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 17 hours of video playback
  • Up to 5 hours in tablet mode
  • Up to 16 hours of video playback
Power Supply
  • 102W power supply with USB-A (7.5W) charging port.
102W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port.

Software

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
OSWindows 10 Pro (Creators Update)
Free upgrade to Windows 11
Windows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office 365 30-days trialMicrosoft Office 365 30-days trial

Camera & Audio

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
Camera
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio
  • Dual microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • Support for Windows Sonic for Headphones
  • Support for Dolby® Atmos for Headphones
  • Dual microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium

Misc

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
InkingSupports Surface Pen
4096 levels of pressure
Tilt sensing
Best in class latency
Paper feel
0.1mm precision
Supports Surface Pen
1024 levels of pressure
Magnetic storage
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • HW TPM chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box
  • Surface Book 2 15”
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
  • Surface Book
  • Surface Pen
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty
MoreSupports Surface Dial
Supports both on-screen and off-screen interaction.
Supports Surface Dial
Supports off-screen interaction only.

Key Features

Surface Book 2 15”Surface Book i7
At Glance
Released in Late
2017
3:2 3.2K
15”
2160p 60Hz
Weight
4.20 lb
1.91 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-8650U
4C/8T, 1.90 → 4.20 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,106
Single Core
Geekbench 5
3,879
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics 620
24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3
Surface Book 2 15” Ports
Nvidia GeForce
GTX 1060
6GB GDDR5
Released in Late
2016
3:2 3K
13.5”
2000p 60Hz
Weight
3.68 lb
1.67 kg
Powered By
Intel Core i7-6600U
2C/4T, 2.60 → 3.40 GHz
Geekbench 5
745
Single Core
Geekbench 5
1,584
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® HD Graphics 520
24 Execution Units, 300 → 1050 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3
Surface Book i7 Ports
Nvidia GeForce
GTX 965M
2GB GDDR5

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