Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 packs a 2TB SSD and improved display

Microsoft claims the display is 38 percent brighter than the original.

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In 2016, Microsoft unveiled its first all-in-one desktop, the Surface Studio, which was geared towards professionals and creatives and sported a huge touchscreen. Now, it's getting a bit of a refresh, and Microsoft gave a look at what the new Surface Studio has to offer during its Surface event today.

On the outside, the updated Surface Studio 2 looks largely similar to the original model, but some hardware upgrades will set it apart. It features NVIDIA's next-generation Pascal graphics, includes a 2TB SSD and Microsoft claims that it's the fastest Surface ever.

As for the display, it's supposedly 38 percent brighter than the first Surface Studio with 22 percent more contrast, which is made possible by new LCD and oxide transistor technology. Surface Studio 2 also offers USB-C support and Surface Dial integration, and it comes with the latest Surface Pen.

Some of our hang-ups with the first Surface Studio was its lack of upgradeability and its rather steep price for what it offered. As for the latter point, the price is still fairly high, with the upgraded version starting at $3,499 for a 1TB hard drive and 16GB of RAM. The top tier, which includes the 2TB drive and 32 GB of RAM, will cost you $4,799.

If you want to get your hands on it, it's available for preorder in select markets starting today and will ship November 15th.

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