The Surface Book 2 and MacBook Pro 2016 are highly anticipated gadgets and rumors and speculations are already pitting the two against one another. Despite looking like a close match, Microsoft's Surface Book 2 seems to have an edge.
Design And Stylus
Microsoft's flagship earns a lot of points thanks to its sleek and contemporary design choices. The fact that the hinge of the laptop was redesigned makes it perfect for fitting it in a bag when you are on the go.
The Surface Book 2 also comes with a detachable screen, which users can use as a tablet. In comparison, Apple will pack a fixed display with the MacBook Pro.
Rumors surfaced about stylus support for the 2016 MacBook Pro, but until official confirmation lands, we know for sure that the Surface Pen is part of the Surface Book 2 package.
Spec-wise, the Surface Book 2 draws its processing power from the seventh generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs. With a 4K-ready display, USB-C port and extended battery life of about 14 hours, the Surface Book 2 is an offer few can refuse.
The MacBook Pro (2016) should roll out carrying the sixth generation of dual-core Intel Core M, and a battery keeping the juices flowing for 10 hours straight.
Previous reports indicate that the MacBook will deploy hinges similar to the ones in Surface Book, and it will tap the same supplier, Amphenol. When security is concerned, Apple will purportedly fit the notebook with a fingerprint sensor under the power button.
Surging Gaming Potential
The Surface Book 2 is clearly in another league than Alienware, but Microsoft showcased its graphical enhancements nevertheless. This means that gaming-oriented buyers can choose to fit an Nvidia GPU in higher-end models of Surface Book 2.
Apple made it clear that the MacBook Pro (2016) will be better suited for gaming than earlier models. Insiders from the manufacturing line are claiming that its graphics will come from AMD's Polaris 11 GPU.
Microsoft's upcoming 2-in-1 will be running on Windows 10, while Apple's notebook will come with macOS Sierra pre-installed.
First of all, take the figures with a grain of salt, as none of the two devices are out yet.
Reports indicate that the 2016 MacBook Pro could ask customers to shell out $1,099 for the 13-inch model, reaching as much as $2,099 for the 15-inch variant.
Microsoft doubles down on the value for buck by asking $1,433 for the 8 GB RAM model and $2,921 for the Surface Book 2 holstering an i7 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of storage and dedicated GPU.