Specs comparison: Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs Apple’s MacBook Pro

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 has been announced, and Microsoft is once more aiming for Apple’s customers. Just like the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro target the MacBook Air and MacBook, the Surface Book 2 is taking aim at the MacBook Pro. Microsoft says the Surface Book 2 is two times more powerful than the MacBook Pro, with 35% more pixels and 70% more battery life than Apple’s notebook, an interesting claim.

Power and longevity aside, it is also true that Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is more versatile than the Apple Mac, with support for touch input and native accessories like the Surface Dial and Surface Pen. It still retains its 2 in one nature and can serve as a clipboard like a tablet for a brief period of time. Somehow, I suspect that the versatility would be a better selling point than a straight up spec battle for the most part.

Regardless, you can check out how the devices compare with each other specs wise from the table below. The specs below are for the base variants of both the devices, but you can checkout the full specsheet for the Surface Book 2 here. 

ComponentSurface Book 2MacBook Pro
Display13.5-inch PixelSense display (3000×2000, 267PPI)

15-inch PixelSense display (3240×2160, 260 PPI)

13.3-inch Retina Display (2560×1600, 227PPI)
CPU 8th gen Intel Core i52.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
RAM8GB RAM8GB LPDDR3
GPUIntel HD Graphics 620Intel Iris Graphics 540
BatteryUp to 17 hours iTunes movie playbackUp to 10 hours iTunes movie playback
Storage 256GB PCIe-based S SD256GB PCIe-based SSD
Dimensions 12.3″ x 9.14″, 0.51-0.90″11.97″ x 8.36″ x 0.59″
Weight 1533g (719g as tablet)1.37 kg
Price$1499$1,499

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 starts from $1499 for the 12-inch version and $2499 for the larger version, it will be available from November 16 and you can pre-order it from Microsoft’s online store here.

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