Microsoft’s Surface Go 2 debuts: An ultraportable tablet with significantly more performance

Microsoft’s Surface Go 2, announced Wednesday, offers an updated take on Microsoft’s ultralight, ultraportable Surface tablet, together with an updated processor, better display, and LTE options right out of the box.

Two years ago, Microsoft launched the original Surface Go, a small, relatively inexpensive 10-inch Surface tablet optimized for on-the-go business travelers and students alike. The Surface Go 2 squeezes a 10.5-inch display inside the same form factor, boosts the resolution to 1920×1280 and offers the choice of either an 8th-gen Core m3 chip (with 64 percent more performance) or a Pentium Gold 4425Y processor. The same 5MP user-facing camera remains, now significantly more important for work-at-home users.

Microsoft said that Surface Go 2 pricing will begin at $399, the same as the current Surface Go, and will ship on May 12. The Surface Signature Type Cover and Surface Pen will still be sold separately. 

Since the coronavirus pandemic turned the Surface Go 2’s launch into a remote affair, we haven’t had a chance to go hands-on with it. But we have the full specifications below, plus our thoughts based upon our time with the original Surface Go.

Microsoft surface go 2 being held Microsoft

Microsoft’s Surface Go and Surface Go 2 are designed to be light enough to be held comfortably.

Surface Go 2 basic specifications

Like many of its other Surface tablets, Microsoft will sell the Surface Go 2 in both a consumer and a commercial edition. Consumers should be aware that the consumer version ships with Windows 10 Home in S Mode (Windows 10 S ), though you should be able to switch to Windows 10 Pro easily. 

  • Display: 10.5-inch (1920×1080, 220 ppi)  PixelSense display with 10-point touch; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y or 8th-gen Intel Core m3
  • Graphics: UHD 615
  • Memory: 4GB or 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC or 128GB SSD
  • Ports: USB-C, Surface Connect, microSD, 3.5mm jack
  • Camera: 5MP (1080p) user-facing; 8MP (1080p) rear-facing, with autofocus
  • Battery: “10 hours typical device usage” with either Wi-Fi or LTE
  • Wireless: 802.11 ax (Wi-Fi 6); Qualcomm LTE Advanced X16 modem
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home in S mode (consumer); Windows 10 Pro (commercial channels)
  • Dimensions (inches): 9.65 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches (8.3mm)
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds with Wi-Fi, 1.22 pounds with LTE, not counting Type Cover
  • Colors: Silver, with optional Type Covers in Platinum, Black, Poppy Red, and Ice Blue
  • Optional accessories: Surface Go 2 Signature Type Cover (Black, $99.99; all others, $129.99), Surface Pen ($99.99), Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub ($100)
  • Price: Starting at $399
Microsoft surface go 2 side reclined with Signature Type Cover Microsoft

Like other Surface tablets, the Surface Go 2 (with the Surface Go 2 Signature Type Cover, attached) can function as a desktop machine. The kickstand reclines almost fully.

Not everything about Microsoft’s Surface Go 2 is known at this point, though we have most of the details. Weirdly, we don’t know what the exact “8th-gen Core m3” chip is. See below for a list of the various Surface Go 2 models and their prices, including the LTE-specific models. (It costs $100 more to add LTE to the Surface Go 2, it appears.) Note that we’ve added the $99.99 price of the Black Surface Go 2 Signature Type Cover to the spec list above, as well as the $129.99 price for the other colors. 

Surface Go 2 consumer prices:

  • Pentium Gold 4425Y, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC: $399.99
  • Pentium Gold 4425Y, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $549.99
  • 8th-gen Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $629.99
  • 8th-gen Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, LTE: $729.99

Surface Go 2 commercial prices:

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