Microsoft Floor Guide 2 Will get Bigger and Sooner
The second-generation Floor Guide has simply been unveiled. This may sport the most recent Intel “Kaby Lake” Core processors and be accessible with a bigger touchscreen. The brand new Floor Guide 2 might be a premium gadget with a price ticket to match.
Though each the Floor Professional and the Floor Guide may be labeled as 2-in-1 pill/laptop computer gadgets, their emphasis is totally different. The Floor Professional fashions are tablets that may be transformed into notebooks with an optionally available keyboard, however the Floor Guide fashions are laptops with detachable screens that can be utilized as tablets.
The unique Floor Guide debuted two years in the past, and was accessible solely with a 13.5-inch show. The second technology will nonetheless embrace a mannequin in that measurement, with a 3000 by 2000 pixel decision at 267 PPI. A brand new 15-inch model may have a 3240 x 2160, 260 PPI show. Naturally, each assist Floor Pen and Floor Dial.
Past the apparent measurement change, Microsoft has made varied tweaks. It says the fulcrum hinge is extra steady, for instance.
All variations will embrace a pair of USB Sort-A ports, and one USB-C port. This received’t assist Thunderbolt three, as an alternative being accessible to cost the Floor Guide 2, or drive an exterior monitor. A Floor Join port would be the main solution to energy this laptop.
An SD card reader and a headphone jack can even be on all variations. The pill and its keyboard will talk over the proprietary Floor connector. A 5 megapixel front-facing digicam will assist the Home windows Good day bio-metric safety system.
The keyboard might be backlit, with 1.6 mm of journey.
Floor Guide 2 Internals
On the coronary heart of Microsoft’s newest might be Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 or 1060 discrete graphics choices. The 15-inch mannequin will solely be accessible with an Eighth-generation i7-8650U, four.2GHz “max turbo” processor and 16 GB of RAM. It can sport an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of graphics reminiscence.
The bottom mannequin 13.5-inch Floor Professional 2 will have a Seventh-gen i5-7300U and eight GB of RAM, or it may be configured with the identical processor and RAM because the 15-inch iteration. Those that select this second choice will get an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 2 GB of graphic reminiscence.
Irrespective of the display measurement, consumers may have a alternative of 256 GB, 512 GB, or a 1TB SSD.
Microsoft guarantees a whopping 17 hours of video playback when used with the keyboard dock, or 5 hours as a pill.
Floor Guide 2 Value and Availability
The 13.5-inch model of this pill/pocket book might be accessible for pre-order beginning November 9 within the U.S. and choose different markets around the globe. The Floor Guide 2 15” will go up from pre-order completely within the U.S. Orders may be positioned solely from Microsoft itself. The corporate guarantees that supply will start on November 16.
The bottom mannequin 13.5-inch model might be $1,499. The 15-inch one will begin at $2,499.