Microsoft Surface Book 2, HP Zbook x2 Unveiled: Will The Apple Macbook Pro Cope?
The annual Indian festive season might be in its fag end right now, but we’re just getting started in the high-end laptop space. Both Microsoft and HP launched their premium machines in the form of the Surface Book 2 and the Zbook x2 respectively, keeping the Apple Macbook Pro on its toes.
Priced a touch above Cupertino flagship , the new product from Microsoft will be out on November 16 in the US with the base 13.5-inch model priced at $1499 (or approx Rs 97,461). On the other hand, the HP flagship starts at $1,749 and will hit the markets right before the holiday season in the West.
But where Apple really needs to worry is that for all the extra money that you’re spending, Microsoft is offering exactly what customers from the Macbook Pro segment are looking for. And more (detachable screens that enable both the new entrants to double up as tablets).
For starters, not only is the Surface Book 2 rocking a mighty powerful Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU, but its 8th-Gen Intel Core i7 CPU will deliver speeds and benefits that Apple doesn’t offer in any models with its 7th Gen CPUs.
An extremely powerful tablet PC with up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of hard disk storage, the 14-inch Zbook x2 is also, if not better, an impressive piece of technology.
Just like Microsoft, HP’s spec sheet lists five different versions, with processor options ranging from two 7th-gen Core chips (the Core i7-7500U and 7600U) to three 8th-gen Core options: the i5-8250U, i7-8550U, and the i7-8650U. Nvidia’s Quadro M620, with 2GB of graphics memory assumes duties in the graphics department while memory can be configured up to 32GB, which stomps even the Surface Book 2’s 16GB.
The Zbook x2 impresses further with a pair of Thunderbolt 3-compatible USB Type-C connectors on the side, plus the traditional USB 3.0 connector, an SD card slot, a headphone jack, and an HDMI port. There’s also an optional Thunderbolt 3 dock allows the tablet to power two more 4K displays, or a whopping five additional 1080p displays.
The Surface Book 2 and the Macbook Pro combined don’t do as well.
In the battery department, Microsoft leads the race with a claimed 17-hour battery life for its latest offering against the 10-hour claims by the other two competitors.
Will it be enough to price out the developers, artists and the likes who form the chunk of the Macbook Pro’s customer base? Looks like one to keep an eye on.
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