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Microsoft Surface Book 2 Now In Mass Production, To Be Sold For USD1,000; Older Models Gets Huge Price Drop

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A recent report claims Microsoft has already entered mass production for the new Surface Book 2. Citing sources from the related upstream supply chain, Digitimes said shipments are expected to rise each month for the Surface 2, with Microsoft debuting the flagship product at the end of March or April.

The original Surface notebook has a detachable screen feature that allows it to morph into a tablet. However, Express US said the new Surface 2 will no longer adopt this feature, and instead will go with the classic clamshell design. The device will also keep the 13.5-inch display just like in the original product, and will be decked in the same magnesium-aluminium alloy body to give the notebook enough protection from being carried around all day.

The same sources said the new Surface 2 notebook will be retailed at a USD1,000 price tag, which is significantly lower than the price of the older products, which fetches at USD1,499 to USD3,199 per unit. They will also reportedly receive a generous boost in demand, as Microsoft has already dropped the prices for the existing Surface products with the Core i5 128GB model (now priced at USD1,299 from USD1,499.

Tom Warren for The Verge, on the other hand, would be one of the many who would take the report with a grain of salt. Although the news site first reported accurately the planning of Microsoft’s Surface Studio all-in-one PC and the shipment volume of the Surface Book last year, including the Surface Book device’ limited demand, it is still worthwhile to review.

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