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The new Microsoft Surface Studio 2 gets a brighter screen and a nice spec upgrade

By Koh Wanzi - on 3 Oct 2018, 9:07pm

The new Microsoft Surface Studio 2 gets a brighter screen and a nice spec upgrade

Image Source: Microsoft

Microsoft today announced the Surface Studio 2, the successor to the original Surface Studio, a beautiful all-in-one PC that could act as a giant touchscreen. The new Surface Studio 2 brings more of the same to the table, but Microsoft has upgraded it with a brighter screen and more powerful hardware.

The 28-inch 4,500 x 3,000-pixel display is now 38 per cent brighter (it can now hit over 500 nits) and boasts 22 per cent more contrast, according to Microsoft. The new screen features tinier transistors controlling each pixel, so more light can pass through. In addition, the smaller pixels now block more light when turned off, which is how Microsoft also improved the contrast ratio.

This means that one of the best-looking screens in the PC space now looks even more gorgeous, a huge boon for creative types.

The Surface Studio 2 is powered by a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7820HQ processor, a 45W quad-core chip with a 2.9GHz base clock. It’s not clear why Microsoft didn’t just use a newer, six-core 8th-generation chip, but it did bump up the base memory configuration from 8GB to 16GB.

The machine can also be equipped with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or GeForce GTX 1070. Again, these aren’t the latest GeForce RTX cards, but that’s probably because Microsoft is using mobile parts in the Surface Studio 2, and there aren’t any mobile versions of the Turing cards yet.

Storage options have gotten a nice upgrade as well to proper SSDs, whereas the first Surface Studio only used hybrid drives. You can equip the Surface Studio 2 will take up to a 2TB SSD, but the base configuration already starts at a healthy 1TB.

Finally, the Surface Studio 2 comes with one USB-C port, replacing the Mini DisplayPort output on the first model. 

The Surface Studio 2 with an Intel Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD starts at US$3,499. If you equip it with 32GB of RAM and a 2TB drive, the price goes up to US$4,799. It is available for pre-order now from the Microsoft Store.

Source: Microsoft