Almost two years after unveiling the Surface Studio, Microsoft is introducing the follow-up to its all-in-one touchscreen desktop computer aimed at designers, artists, and other creators.

The Surface Studio 2 has a brighter screen with higher contrast than its predecessor, and upgraded hardware. Microsoft says it’s the fastest Surface device to date.

It’s up for pre-order starting today, and the Surface Studio 2 is expected to ship by November 15th and prices start at $3,499.

Design-wise, the Surface Studio looks a lot like the original. It has a 28 inch, 4,500 x 3,000 pixel touchscreen display with support for pen and finger input as well as support for the optional Surface Dial accessory.

You can push the screen back with one hand to switch it from a desktop monitor-style position to more of an art canvas that you can look down on and write or draw on.

The computer features an Intel COre i7-7820HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics options, and support for 16GB or 32GB Of DDR4 RAM. Microsoft will offer 1TB and 2TB solid state drive options.

The Surface Studio 2 has a 5 MP front-facing camera with support for Windows Hello face recognition, built-in 2.1 channel stereo speakers with Dolby audio, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and Xbox wireless support.

It also features a 3.5 mm headphone jack, four USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, and an SDXC card reader.

The Surface Studio 2 comes with a Surface Keyboard, a Surface Mouse, and a Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt detection. You can also put the pen on the side of the display when you’re not using it and it’ll be held in place magnetically.

The display portion of the computer measures about 25.1″ x 17.3″ x 0.5″ and the base is 9.8″ x 8.7″ x 1.3″.

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4 replies on “Microsoft introduces the Surface Studio 2”

  1. I’m really shocked at the use of a 7th gen Intel chip. The 8th gen is probably the most significant cycle upgrade in the past 4 generations, and theyre missing it. Nevermind the fact that at least 1 model of Intel’s 9th Generation design is launching on October 1st (possibly).

    Also, the Nvidia 20xx series is launching on Sept 20th (roughly), and this PC is launching in November. I’d be very disappointed to own a $3500 PC with a CPU that is roughly 2 generations old, and a GPU that is on its way out.

    I do REALLY hate comparing things against Apple products, but $3500 buys me a MUCH nicer iMac than this Surface Studio. $2700 buys you an iMac with the same 1TB SSD, and 16gb RAM, but it has a higher resolution 5K monitor, and it has a much more powerful i7-7700K (not just more powerful, its actually a different class of CPU. Its a desktop CPU, not a laptop CPU).

    You’d really have to want that Surface Pen to make this thing worth it.

  2. Last-generation quad-core processor and no option for 1080 video card? Kind of weak tea regardless of how awesome the hardware looks to be.

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