Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 could just be a regular old laptop

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New reports indicate that Microsoft could shelve its 2-in-1 design for the Surface Book 2, and could instead produce a conventional laptop.

Microsoft’s Surface Book was one of our favourite gadgets of 2015 – I even named the company’s original Surface Book as my tech highlight of the year – but it would seem that the company’s second outing, the Surface Book 2, might have little of the same special sauce that made its predecessor great.

A new report, courtesy of DigiTimes, indicates that Microsoft might move to shelve the 2-in-1 design that saw the original Surface Book coalesce the smarts of an ultrabook with the portability of a tablet and instead release the Surface Book 2 as a regular old clamshell laptop.

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The news, if true, is disappointing for us, though we can’t help but wonder if the news has something to do with the fact that Microsoft has reportedly been working on a way to remove the large hinge that was found on the initial Surface Book.

The Surface Book 2 would apparently include a 13.5″ display, and would feature an entry price of $1000 USD due to its design changes. DigiTimes further claims that Microsoft only sold half a million Surface Book models last year due to the fact that sales were cannibalised by the similarly 2-in-1 Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft’s last hardware addition was, of course, the Surface Studio, which integrated an all-in-one display with the Surface Pen and the newly announced Surface Dial.

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What are your thoughts? Would you want to invest in a Surface Book 2 that’s less portable, but perhaps more powerful? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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