The original Surface Laptop might not even be a year old yet, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get excited for its sequel, does it?
In this article, we’d like to lay out our expectations for what the Surface Laptop 2 will look like. No matter how much we love the original, Windows 10-powered Surface Laptop, there’s always room to improve.
With the latest Windows 10 updates, the Surface Laptop has access to a wide range of productivity-focused features, making the student laptop angle more compelling – and we expect the Surface Laptop 2 to follow suit. But when can we expect the sequel? Well, now that Microsoft is actively testing and developing Redstone 5, and we’re seeing rumors about the anticipated 2019 redesign of the Surface Pro, we could be seeing a Surface Laptop 2 announcement soon.
Still, because there isn’t much in the way of concrete information about it, all we can do is speculate about the key Surface Laptop 2 details, like possible features, release date and price. We’d also like to come up with some sort of wish list. So, make sure you keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll update it with any relevant information that comes our way.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The would-be second Surface Laptop
- When is it out? Probably around October 2018
- What will it cost? Likely as much as – if not more than – the current model
Surface Laptop 2 release date
Unfortunately, we know next to nothing regarding when we’ll see the next Surface Laptop from Microsoft. So, that leaves us with the release of last year to base any speculation upon.
The first Surface Laptop came out in June 2017 in the US. Now, Microsoft seems to like to alternate between different Surface devices year after year, so that would lead us to believe the Surface Laptop 2 would be coming out in 2019. However, we haven’t heard anything about any Surface hardware so far this year, so anything is on the table. Right now, we’d have to put our finger on October being the next possible time to push out a Surface Laptop 2.
Granted, Microsoft hasn’t been awfully consistent with the release timings of its Surface Pro or Surface Book products. So, perhaps it’s just safer to expect the Surface Laptop 2 to release in time for the back-to-school sales in the US.
Surface Laptop 2 price
Again, there has been little to no information regarding the Surface Laptop 2 price. So, we only have the current model’s pricing to go off of.
With that, we know that Surface Laptop today starts at $799 (around £560, AU$1,000), a new configuration featuring a lower-power Intel Core m3 processor. The original starting model, meanwhile, starts at $999 (around £705, AU$1,250).
So, if we are to see a Surface Laptop 2 in 2018, it’s tough to expect Microsoft to deviate far – if at all – from this price in either direction.
Surface Laptop 2 specs
Unsurprisingly, we know nothing with any amount of concrete certainty about what kind of hardware will be inside the would-be Surface Laptop 2. But, again, we have the current models as a baseline for our best guesses.
It’s safe to assume that, if Microsoft goes the Intel route once again, 8th-generation Kaby Lake R or Coffee Lake processors will be included. Whether that’s the Core U series processors found in the best Ultrabooks, or the new G series models with embedded AMD Vega graphics is anyone’s guess.
Otherwise, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the existing basic RAM and storage configurations to remain the same, as memory and storage standards haven’t drastically changed since last year.
What we want to see in a Surface Laptop 2
With such little known about a would-be Surface Laptop 2 for 2018, that leaves us plenty of room to develop a wish list of sorts for the product. So, here are the major upgrades we want to see from a Surface Laptop sequel:
More (or better) ports, please
Frankly, Microsoft needs to get with the times and adopt USB-C 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3. The Surface Connect port is fine and allows for some of the same functionality – but it’s not as widespread as USB-C. Maybe just kill the DisplayPort and use USB-C instead? Who knows. At least we might finally be getting a dongle.
Now that the Surface Pro LTE is on the horizon, we would love to see Microsoft’s other lightweight workhorse get nigh-universal connectivity. Whether that comes through an adaptation of the Surface Pro’s implementation, Intel’s new dedicated 5G modem or, say, a Windows 10 S on ARM implementation with Qualcomm, either would make the device that much more tempting.
It’s about time for this feature to become an expected standard on laptops. Fast charging techniques certainly have become an expected feature of high-end smartphones, so why not laptops? Such a move would only further solidify the Surface Laptop’s portability chops.
One of the Surface Laptop’s most attractive features is its propensity for color, with platinum, burgundy, graphite gold and cobalt blue options. Microsoft should absolutely blow this out of the water, as it very well could become the company’s iMac G3 moment.
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