Microsoft Surface Go 2 available in South Africa, retails R8,999

Microsoft Surface Go 2 available in South Africa, retails R8,999

Microsoft Surface Go 2 South Africa

Microsoft Surface Go 2 is now available to businesses and consumers in the South African market. The device will retail at R8,999 and sold by Incredible Connection stores and Vodacom.

The device comes with a larger 10.5-inch display, improved battery life and a model with up to 64% faster performance.

Click to read about the technical specifications of the Surface Go 2 announced in May this year.

We’re excited to expand our Surface family with the addition of Surface Go 2 – our smallest and lightest two-in-one laptop says, Vithesh Reddy, Consumer and Channel Marketing Director at Microsoft South Africa. Its compact design and the versatility of a touchscreen and keyboard will appeal to businesses, schools, students and families, he continues.

He also adds that “Sharing Surface Go 2 with your family is seamless and secure. With parent-managed screen time limits, spending control and content filtering. Plus plenty of space for your photos, videos and music,” says Reddy.

The Surface Go 2 will start selling from the 22nd of October in South Africa.

Other Surface devices on sale by Incredible Connection Stores and Vodacom include the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7.

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

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

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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Microsoft announce low cost Surface GO PC

Microsoft announce low cost Surface GO PC

Meet the most affordable Surface device yet, the Microsoft Surface Go 

surface go

Microsoft has announced a new baby to the Surface family, the Surface Go. With this device it looks like Microsoft is trying hard to put its premium hardware into many more hands.  

Introducing the new device, Microsoft’s chief product officer Panos Panay said the thinking around this was to provide the smallest, thinnest, lightest Surface possible with the same premium feel Surface is known for. 

When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10” Surface.
The answers seem obvious – lightweight, productive, and accessible to more people.
I’m pumped to introduce you to Surface Go, because it’s all those things, and so much more
.” –
Panos Panay 

Surface Go Specifications 

The new device is 10″, has 10 point multi-touch, ink, USB C, MicroSDXC card reader and weighs 1.15 pounds. It is powered by a 7th generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y. This means a fanless design so they are able to keep it thin. Coming in two form configurations you can get either the eMMC 64GB / 4GB RAM at $399 or SSD 128GB / 8 GB RAM at $549. Microsoft promises you’ll get 9 hours video playback. Wait! this device has the Windows hello face authentication camera as well, nice. It also runs Windows 10 S, so you are able to get all the app from the store. 

Technically you’ll still need to buy the Surface Type Cover, pen and dial. So this puts the price back up there. Having been using Surface Pro’s this will be hard for me(Not having a type cover) based on what and I how I use it. Unless i’m looking for a fun and play device then this works perfect. From what Panos said it meets the needs of families trying to get tablets for the children and if you are a movie person and need a budget device for that. This device also fits in the education devices. 

You can Pre-order Surface Go now from the Microsoft store. It will be arriving in homes from the 2nd of August 2018. Interestingly Microsoft will be making this device available to many more markets although no African market yet. 

Let us know if this is your cue to finally join the Surface world if you’ve been waiting for something budget friendly. or wait for the older models to enter sale season and swoop in on that? share with us.