Microsoft is steadily gaining traction with its Surface family of laptops and convertibles. During the company's Q2 earning report, Microsoft announced that Surface revenue had increased 39 percent compared to the same period last year. To keep that momentum going, Microsoft is reportedly making some changes to its Surface Book and Surface Pro 6 families to make them more appealing to customers.
As it currently stands, the cheapest way to get 16GB of RAM on a Surface Book 2 is by opting for a 256GB SSD and an Intel Core i7 processors for the 15-inch model. That configuration will set you back a whopping $2,499. As for the Surface Pro 6, your cheapest ticket to 16GB of RAM includes a 512GB SSD and a Core i7 processor for $1,899.
New configurations that have shown up on Best Buy Canada, however, show that customers will soon be able to get 16GB of RAM at far lower prices with a new Core i5 CPU option. The new Surface Book 2 configuration (QKK-00001) throws in a Core i5-8350U processor, 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD for a much cheaper price of $1,999.
Likewise, the Surface Pro 6 will be available in a Core i5-8350U/16GB/256GB configuration (P6A-00001) with a price tag of just $1,399, making for a $500 discount compared to the cheapest 16GB SKU available. For those that would prefer to have more RAM over an uprated processor, these two new options could represent a nice bargain purchase when available.
Although Best Buy Canada has since taken down its listings for the QKK-00001 and P6A-00001, product listing for both can still be found on Adorama and CompSource respectively at the same $1,999 and $1,399 price points. Both new configurations will supposedly be available to customers on June 19th.