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For the first time ever, Microsoft is hosting its annual Surface event without Panos Panay, but that doesn’t stop the hype of the upcoming Surface Laptop Studio 2.
The Surface Laptop Studio 2 is a 2-in-1 laptop that can be used in three different modes: laptop, tablet, and canvas. It is a powerful device that is well-suited for creative professionals, students, and anyone else who needs a versatile and powerful laptop, starting at $1,999 and rolling out on October 3rd alongside the Laptop Go 3.
We’ve previously reported (via WinFuture‘s leak) that there would be no major changes compared to the previous Surface Laptop Studio model, except for a MicroSD card slot, a full-size USB-A port, and two USB-C — and it seems like everything announced today checks out the previous report.
“It’s Windows as a platform scaling AI silicon experience across the entire ecosystem,” said the leader of the Surface product team, Brett Ostrum,
Speaking of its performance, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 will sport two CPU options: a 13th gen Intel Core i7-13700H or i7-13800H chips, both with high-performance cores and eight power-saving cores. It will have three RAM options: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB.
Microsoft claims that the GPU performance of the Surface Laptop Studio 2 is twice as powerful as the MacBook Pro M2 Max, sporting Nvidia’s RTX 4050 or RTX 4060 GPUs for this department.
In their presentation, Microsoft showcased this by using Blender to demonstrate the performance comparison between the two laptops, and the results are quite impressive.
Specifically, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 was able to generate an animated image in just 37 seconds, while the MacBook Pro took considerably longer, clocking in at one minute and 12 seconds for the same task.
Microsoft also promises a lasting battery: this device will have a 58 watt-hour battery, which is large enough to power the powerful processors for up to 19 hours on a single charge.