Microsoft announces Surface Studio 2 with 7th-generation Intel HQ-series CPU

Microsoft at its October 2  fall event in New York City, not only announced the Surface Laptop 2, and the Surface Pro 2 tablet, the tech giant also refreshed its Surface Studio high-end all-in-one PC which first debuted about two years ago. Dubbed the Microsoft Surface Studio 2, the new high-end all-in-one PC features the same design as the first generation of the Studio PC, but not without some updated internals including more ports, more power, and an even better display.

The screen is still a 28-inch touch screen with tilt sensitivity for pen input, 4,096 levels of pressure, improved ink latency, but with a total of 13.5 million pixels, and is supposedly now up to 38 percent brighter, with 22 percent more contrast. The Studio 2 is based on Windows 10 Pro and is ditching the 6th-generation Intel Core processors for the year-old 7th-generation Intel HQ-series CPU coupled with Nvidia Pascal GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics.

The RAM configuration remains virtually unchanged, while the SSD storage has been swapped for up to 2TB of raw SSD space. The new Surface Studio 2 gets a USB-C port, but it is not immediately clear if it supports Thunderbolt 3. It retains the built-in Xbox Wireless support as well as the ability to connect to an Xbox One controller.

The premium Surface Studio 2 is immediately available to pre-order in the US, at a starting of $3,499 (around £2,695). Microsoft is yet to detail availability and pricing outside of the USA.

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