Microsoft announces cheaper Surface Go 2, larger display, improved battery life, faster performance

May 6, 2020

Surface Go 2 Microsoft

Today, Microsoft introduced a refresh of some of its Surface devices. The announcement includes a refresh to the Surface Go, Surface Book, Surface Headphone and Surface Earbuds. Microsoft says the new Surface Go 2 device comes with a larger 10.5-inch display, improved battery life and a model with up to 64% faster performance. Surface Go 2 however still maintains its signature portability and thinness in spite of the changes. The lowest configuration of the device also sets the price at $399.

Panos Panay, Microsoft Chief Product Officer, Windows and Devices made the announcement sharing a candid work from home video situation on twitter.

Here is the new Surface Go 2

Technical Specifications

Operating System Windows 10 Home S, Windows 10 Pro
Exterior Dimensions: 9.65 inches x 6.9 inches x 0.33 inches (245mm x 175mm x 8.3mm)
Mechanical features: Magnesium body, kickstand with full-friction multi-position hinge to 165 degrees, magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
Color: Silver
Physical buttons: volume, power
Wi-Fi: Starting at 1.2 lbs (544 g), not including Type Cover LTE Advanced3: Starting at 1.22 lbs (553g), not including Type Cover
Display Screen: 10.5-inch PixelSense Display
Resolution: 1920 x 1280 (220 PPI)
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Contrast Ratio 1500:1
Touch: 10-point multi-touch
Corning®Gorilla® Glass 3
Processor Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4425Y
8th Gen Intel® Core m3 Processor
Graphics Intel® UHD Graphics 615
Memory 4GB/8GB RAM
Storage 64GB eMMC / 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Security Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in Firmware TPM 2.0
Network Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible, Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology LTE Advanced Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X16 LTE Modem
Battery WiFi: Up to 10 hours of typical device usage   LTE Advanced:3 Up to 10 hours of typical device usage
Cameras, Video and Audio Windows Hello face sign-in camera (front-facing) 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD Skype HD video 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video Dual Studio Mics 2W stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
Ports 1 x USB-C 1 x Surface Connect Surface Type Cover Port MicroSDXC card reader 3.5mm headphone jack
Sensors Ambient light sensor Accelerometer Gyroscope Magnetometer
Power supply 24 W power supply

The company announced it will bring Surface devices later in the year to South Africa.

Unfortunately, the Surface Go Type Cover and Surface Pen are sold separately increasing the total bundled cost to about 600$.

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