Microsoft already introduced a new Surface Laptop model for $799 with an Intel Core m3 processor, but the Redmond giant is taking yet another step to making Surface more enticing for consumers. Spotted by The Verge, Microsoft is also selling a cheaper base model of the Surface Book 2, now with less storage for $1,199.
The new $1,199 13.5-inch base Surface Book 2 comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD. This is a slight step down from the original pricing on the base Surface Book 2, which kept the same processor and RAM, but with 256GB of storage for $1,499.
Potential buyers are basically saving $300 by opting for 128GB less of storage on the base model. In a world where everyone is using cloud services, this may make sense, but Microsoft does market the Surface Book 2 as a powerful laptop, so the drop in storage may concern for some power users.
At any rate, it's great to see that Microsoft is making Surface more affordable for consumers. Coming off a quarter where Surface revenue only went up 1%, and fewer devices sold at a high price point, this is definitely one leap towards boosting Surface sales towards the good.