Microsoft is launching a new, more powerful version of its Surface Book detachable laptop -- upping the ante against Apple's popular MacBook Pro.

The Surface Book 2 [pictured above] boasts up to five times the graphics performance of the original version of the laptop, released two years ago. It will be available in mid-November, in both a 13.5-inch and 15-inch version, and have the ability to run heavy-duty creative software such as the Adobe suite and play a multitude of video games.

Microsoft announced the computer, the highest-end notebook of its three Surface-branded laptops, as an answer to Apple's MacBook series, which has been losing dominance in the market.

The Surface Book 2 will be "twice as powerful as the new MacBook Pro," said Yusuf Mehdi, the corporate vice president who oversees Windows and Device marketing.

Like its earlier version, the laptop features a removable screen so it can be used as a tablet. The small gap between screen and keyboard when the laptop is closed also will remain -- a feature that irritated some users because they said dust can enter in the gap.

Microsoft also sells the less powerful Surface Pro and Surface Laptop in the line, and a sophisticated desktop computer, the Surface Studio.

Prices start at $1,499 for the 13.5-inch Book and $2,499 for the 15-inch. Both are available for pre-order Nov. 9, and generally available on Nov. 16. The 15-inch will only be available in the United States.