Surface Laptop Studio 2 Our Microsoft expectations | ENBLE

Surface Laptop Studio 2 Our Microsoft expectations | ENBLE

The Surface Laptop Studio 2: A Highly Anticipated 2-in-1 Laptop

Surface Laptop Studio Image Source: Luke Larsen / ENBLE

The Surface Laptop Studio has remained a favorite among 2-in-1 laptops even two years after its release. Now, the hotly anticipated Surface Laptop Studio 2 is generating a lot of excitement, and for good reason. The rumored updates to specifications, features, and capabilities all suggest that this could be one of the best convertible laptops of the year.

Release Date and Pricing Speculation

Microsoft has yet to announce an official release date or debut date for the Surface Laptop Studio 2. However, it has long been rumored that the company will be launching a new Surface Laptop Studio device this year. To add to the anticipation, Microsoft has even scheduled a special event on September 21, which is expected to be the day when the new Surface Laptop Studio 2 is unveiled to the world, alongside other Surface PC devices.

If the device debuts in September, we can likely expect it to start shipping in October. However, availability may be limited initially, especially if there is a high level of early interest. It’s possible that availability will improve after the holiday season.

As for pricing, we can only speculate at this point. The original Surface Laptop Studio had an entry-level price of $1,600 for a model with an Intel Core i5 CPU and a 256GB SSD. Considering the past few years of inflation, it’s reasonable to expect that the Surface Laptop Studio 2 may start at a higher price. However, we anticipate that there will still be a budget-friendly option under $2,000, with higher-end models reaching well above $3,000.

Possible Specifications

While we are still waiting for an official announcement from Microsoft regarding the specifications of the Surface Laptop Studio 2, we can make some educated guesses based on leaks, previous-generation device specifications, and industry trends.

It is highly likely that Microsoft will offer Intel CPUs in the Surface Laptop Studio 2, with the potential inclusion of 13th-generation mobile processors such as the Core i7 13700H and 13800H. As for memory, we expect the entry-level models to come with 16GB of DDR4 memory, while higher-end models may offer options of 32GB or even 64GB, possibly with the newer DDR5 memory.

Although there is a possibility that Intel may release its 14th-generation CPUs by the time the Surface Laptop Studio 2 becomes available, it is unlikely that these yet-to-be-released chips will be included in the new device.

The previous-generation Surface Laptop Studio offered Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics, so we can expect an upgrade to RTX 40-series GPUs in the next-generation model. This means the inclusion of at least an RTX 4050, and potentially even an RTX 4060 for more demanding games and rendering applications. The use of RTX 40-series GPUs would make the Surface Laptop Studio 2 the most powerful graphics chip ever offered in a Surface device, potentially opening up new markets for this 2-in-1 laptop.

Although Microsoft has recently collaborated with AMD and even offered devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, all rumors suggest that Intel will be the exclusive chip manufacturer for this generation of Surface Laptop Studio devices.

Surface Laptop Studio Image Source: Luke Larsen / DigitalTrends

New Features

With every new generation of laptop and hardware, we anticipate the introduction of new features. In the case of the Surface Laptop Studio 2, rumors suggest that it won’t be a radical redesign, but rather a device that includes a few notable upgrades.

One significant upgrade is the addition of more Thunderbolt ports. The original Surface Laptop Studio featured Thunderbolt ports, and the Surface Laptop Studio 2 is expected to expand on this, potentially offering more Thunderbolt 4 ports or alternative video output options, such as an HDMI 2.1 output.

Another potential feature upgrade is the inclusion of Microsoft’s neural processing unit (NPU). The Surface Pro 9 already includes an NPU to accelerate AI tasks and future-proof the device against upcoming AI developments. It is likely that the Surface Laptop Studio 2 will either include this same NPU or an enhanced version. Microsoft has made significant investments in AI over the past year, including its stake in OpenAI and the launch of Bing Chat-related products. It’s possible that we may see a greater integration of these AI technologies in the Surface Laptop Studio 2.

In conclusion, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 is generating a great deal of excitement, and for good reason. The rumored specifications, features, and capabilities suggest that it could be one of the best convertible laptops of the year. While we await an official announcement from Microsoft, the anticipation continues to build for the unveiling of the Surface Laptop Studio 2, and we can’t wait to see what this next-generation 2-in-1 laptop has to offer.