When Microsoft first released the Surface Book in October 2015, People were expecting the company to announce the Surface Book 2 during its October 26 Windows 10 event. But there was no announcement, except for the launch of the updated Surface Book, the Surface Book i7, which some believe to be the Surace Book 2 already.
According to the University Herald, there are those who believe that the launching of the Surface Book i7 is already the Surface Book 2 release that everyone is waiting for, considering the significant upgrades the new model underwent. The Surface Book i7 features a longer battery life that can last up to 16 hours.
The upgraded model also runs Intel's Kaby Lake chipset or the core i7, which increases the device's performance. The Surface Book i7 also has an additional fan to support the GTX 965M video output.
Microsoft's new 2-in-1 device comes with a hefty price tag of $2,399, making it more expensive than the entry-level MacBook Pro. Though it does have significant internal upgrades, Microsoft didn't change anything externally.
Not everyone though is believing that the Surface Book i7 is already the Surface Book 2, as loyal fans are still hoping for a 2017 release with better features. The possible features that the Surface Book 2 will have when it launches in spring of 2017 are 4K display and VR-ready mechanism.
According to VineReport, it's highly unlikely though that Microsoft's Surface Book 2 will be hitting the stores anytime soon. Microsoft will probably want to concentrate first on marketing and selling the updated version of the Surface Book before it reveals the predecessor.
If indeed a Surface Book 2 will be launched, it's likely to happen in late 2017 or early 2018. These are all still rumors, though, as only Microsoft has answers to everyone's questions and speculations.