Microsoft’s Surface Book i7 Offers 16-Hour Battery & Intel Core i7 chip

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Microsoft at its Windows 10 event in New York City announced today the launch of Surface Book i7 that promises to deliver 30 percent more battery life and you can pre-order the laptop today, starting for $2,399 — ships November 10, 2016.

Panos Panay, head of engineering for all of Microsoft’s devices, took the stage to explain why the company is updating the Surface Book. In short, gamers want more frame rate, designers want less lag, and everyone wants more battery life.

With a beefy Intel Core i7 chip, twice the graphics performance of what was available from the original Surface Books, and altogether, “three times more than the highest-end MacBook Pro” with a 13-inch display, Panay said. The laptop can drive 1.9 teraflops of performance, he said. And there’s a second fan now.

“It really is the ultimate laptop. I hope you like it,” Panay said.

The highest-end Surface Book ships next month, but you can preorder it today. It costs a whopping $2,399.

Meanwhile the Surface Pro 3 and 4 tablet remain available starting at $799, and the original Surface Book starts at $1,349. Notably there is no price drop for the Surface Book and no announced refresh of its specifications.