After two years, Microsoft has today refreshed its all-in-one computer, the Surface Studio. The new Surface Studio 2 doesn’t offer any radical upgrades but a handful of internal bump ups professionals will appreciate. Unfortunately, though, that doesn’t include Intel’s new 8th Gen processors which might end up being a critical dealbreaker for many considering the starting price of $3500.
The Surface Studio 2, from the outside, is mostly the same except for the 28-inch touchscreen which is now 38 percent brighter and offers 22 percent more contrast. Microsoft has also added support for 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt functionality on the Surface Pen.
Inside, you will find a new Nvidia chip which has 50 percent more graphics power and a 1/2TB SSD instead of the slower hybrid drive Microsoft opted for the original Surface Studio. As for the processors, it’s powered by an older 7th Generation Intel Core i7 chipset which is a rather odd decision.
Microsoft has not revealed the release date for the Surface Studio 2. Whenever it does, it will cost $3,499 for the base variant that comes with an Intel Kaby Lake-based i7 processor, 1TB SSD, and 16GB RAM. The one with 2TB SSD, 32GB RAM is priced at $4,799.