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Microsoft has finally launched the Surface Go 2 after months of speculation. The tablet offers versatile skills when paired with the (sold desperately) Type Cover, which allows is to imitate a budget laptop.
New features include a processor upgrade which supposedly ensures the Surface Go 2 is 60% faster than its predecessor. A new, bigger 10.5-inch screen should also mean this tablet sequel will be better at displaying video content.
LTE support also allows you to keep connected to the internet away from your router, while the dual Studio Mics and 5MP front facing camera should prove very useful right now.
The Surface Go 2 will be available to buy from May 12, which is just over a week before the powerful Surface Book 3 hits shelves.
If you’re keen to get your hands on the 2-in-1 device as soon as possible, you can pre-order it today.
The Surface Go 2 has a starting price of £399 (4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage), making this a very affordable tablet, although is slightly more expensive than Apple’s iPad.
The Verge also reports the Surface Go 2 will have various configurations at different price points. For $629, you’ll get 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD accompanying the Intel Core m3 processor. There’s also a $529 option, which sees the same RAM and storage, but opts for the slightly less powerful Intel Pentium Gold processor.
UK prices haven’t been confirmed for those extra configurations, but we will update this article as soon as we hear more information from Microsoft.
It’s also worth pointing out that the Surface Go Type Cover does not come at default, so you’ll have to pay extra to have it bundled in.
The Surface Go 2 is known for its low price and portability and Microsoft has no plans to stray from this idea. The 2-in-1 is keeping its lightweight design, but gaining up to 64% faster performance than its predecessor thanks to new Intel 8th Generation Core m3 chip. There’s also the option of the Intel Pentium Gold 442Y CPU, which is less powerful but sees a fair chunk slash off the price.
Both processor options are not powerful enough to compare to modern ultrabooks, but Microsoft is pitching this as a tablet that can offer laptop skills – not the other way round. This means it’s competing with the likes of the iPad rather than a Dell XPS 13.
Microsoft has also confirmed that select configurations will feature an LTE Advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon modem, allowing for network connectivity away from home. Wi-Fi 6 support was rumoured to feature, but it looks to be absent here. While disappointing for future-proofers, this isn’t a huge loss since it would only be compatible with Wi-Fi 6 routers.
The Surface Pro 2 is compatible with Microsoft’s Type Covers for when you really need the functionality of a laptop, while the rear camera has a new app that makes scanning documents a more straightforward process. The 2-in-1 can also be paired with the Surface Pen for sketching out diagrams and annotating documents on-the-go.
The 2-in-1 apparently also has an improved battery life and will apparently be better prepared for video calls too – Microsoft has added dual microphone solution Studio Mics to boost clarity and cut down on background noise in group chats and conference calls and a 5MP front camera for sharp images even in low light.
There aren’t many changes to the design, with Microsoft remaining faithful to the looks of the original Surface Go.
The Surface Go 2 is being treated to a 10.5-inch PixelSense display though, which is larger than the 10-inch screen on the Surface Go. Microsoft has shaved down the bezel in order to accommodate the new screen without making it a noticeably larger device. The tablet only weighs 544g when detached from the Type Cover, although fitting it with the LTE modem will see the weight increase to 553g.
The display features a 1920 x 1280 resolution, with a 3:2 aspect ratio. This means you’re getting slightly more pixels than you would with a Full HD tablet, hopefully ensuring a detailed and crisp picture.
Microsoft has also confirmed what ports can be found on the device, including USB-C, MicroSDXC card reader, 3.5mm headphone jack and Surface Connect. The lack of Thunderbolt 3 is disappointing but forgivable considering the affordable price.
The new device is available to buy in Platinum, Black, Poppy Red and Ice Blue colour options, so you’re not limited to your typical silvers and blacks.
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