Surface Laptop Studio 2 and Laptop Go 3
German WinFuture revealed the specifications and design of Microsoft’s upcoming Surface laptop series.
Next week, on September 21, Microsoft is set to provide an update to its Surface product line. These systems have been exposed in a new leak, which also confirms the inclusion of NVIDIA’s RTX 40 graphics.
The Studio 2 will not see a significant upgrade to its 14.4-inch screen. This 3:2 format display, boasting a resolution of 2400×1600 and support for a 120Hz refresh rate, will remain the same as on the existing Studio model. It is based on the same PixelSense technology, offering support for high-precision input through the stylus.
Beneath the surface, there is an upgrade to the CPU and GPUs. As a reminder, the Surface Laptop Studio (from 2021) features Intel “Tiger Lake” i5-11300H or i7-11370H CPUs and either RTX 3050 Ti or RTX A2000 GPU. The Studio 2 will be offered in two “Raptor Lake” SKUs, namely the Core i7-13700H (14 cores/20 threads up to 5.0 GHz) and Core i7-13800H (14 cores/20 threads up to 5.2 GHz). These are 45W TDP mobile processors with a maximum turbo power of 115W.
Regarding GPU upgrades, the Studio 2 is set to feature either the GeForce RTX 4050 or RTX 4060 graphics. These are, of course, laptop GPU variants with different specs compared to desktop models (not to mention there is no RTX 4050 desktop SKU). This means that the Studio 2 will rely on the AD107 GPU with either 2560 or 3072 CUDA core configurations. These graphics also come with 6GB 96-bit or 8GB 128-bit memory configurations.
An important upgrade in memory options is the inclusion of a 64GB LPDDR5X configuration. The current version of the Studio is offered with either 16 or 32GB memory capacity. Furthermore, Microsoft will be adding a Micro-SD slot and USB Type-A connector to the system, both were not present on the 2021 model.
Regarding pricing, WinFuture claims that the most basic variant, lacking a discrete GPU and relying on Intel Xe graphics, will cost 2249 EUR. The model with an RTX 4050 will go for 2729 EUR, while the RTX 4060 version with 32GB system memory will start at 3199 EUR.
Users can easily find more powerful laptops tailored for content creation with superior screens and graphics. They will simply not resemble the tablet/laptop hybrid that the Studio 2 is trying to be. For comparison, Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED system featuring i7-13700H, RTX 4070 and 4K OLED panel currently retails at $1999. Users preferring smaller screens might consider ASUS Zenbook Duo 14 with two screens (14.5″+12.7″), i9-13900H CPU and RTX 4060 graphics, all that for $2399.