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Microsoft announces Surface Laptop Go 2 with an 11th generation Core i5

Today, Microsoft announces Surface Laptop Go 2, the latest version of the company’s budget laptop. It starts at $ 599, and unlike Surface Go - the company’s budget tablet - Laptop Go actually comes with a proper Core i5. The new laptop is not that different from its predecessor, but there are some notable changes.

An 11th generation Core i5

The original Surface Laptop Go came with a Core i5-1035G1, while it comes with a Core i5-1135G7. Indeed, Microsoft is a generation behind its lower-end laptop, and you only have one choice of processor. However, this is a big change.

The CPU itself is no different; is graphics. With the 10th generation Intel “Ice Lake” processors, there were actually three Core i5 SKUs, which ended in G1, G4 or G7. The G4 and G7 had new Iris Plus graphics, while the Core i5-1035G1 still had the old UHD graphics. With the 11th generation “Tiger Lake”, there is only one Core i5 in the U series, Core i5-1135G7, and it comes with 80 Iris Xe graphics execution units.

This means that not only does the Surface Laptop Go 2 have adequate graphics, but it is a bigger update generation after generation than we have seen from other laptops.

A new color and better repairability

Microsoft is actually launching a new color for Surface Laptop Go 2: Sage. Like the rest of the range, it’s all aluminum. Unlike the superior Surface laptop range, there is no option for an Alcantara hand stand. It is very likely that this color will go to the rest of the Surface range - including the Surface laptop and keyboard covers for the Surface Pro and Go - and then you’ll see some Alcantara.

Man holding Surface Laptop Go 2

However, that’s not all new to the design, as you can now replace the keypad and trackpad, display and battery, and Surflink cable. This is in addition to the existing ability to change the SSD. They don’t aim for DIY improvements as much as durability, but you can go in there at any time and change parts.

Display, ports, and other things that haven’t changed

Weighing in at 2.48 pounds, being the lightest Surface laptop, it still comes with a 12.4-inch PixelSense screen. It has a resolution of 1,536 × 1,024, giving it the 3: 2 aspect ratio for which Surface is known. The pixel density is only 148ppi, the lowest of all Surface devices.

Games on the Surface Laptop Go 2

Ports include a Type-C USB port, a Type-A USB port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a Surface Connect charging port. Although Microsoft introduced Thunderbolt to state-of-the-art computers, don’t expect to see it here.

RAM and storage options are slightly different. You can get 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM (16 GB in the commercial model) and a 128 GB or 256 GB SSD. This means that there is no longer a model with 64 GB eMMC storage, which is nice. The bad news is that even though it still has a fingerprint sensor, you still won’t get one on the base model.

Price and availability

You can pre-order Surface Laptop Go 2 starting today from Best Buy or the Microsoft Store. Starting at $ 599, delivery will begin on June 7th. It comes in the following SKUs:

SKU Price colors
Consumer
i5 / 4 / 128GB $ 599.99 Platinum
i5 / 8 / 128GB $ 699.99 Platinum, Sandstone, Sage, Ice Blue
i5 / 8 / 256GB $ 799.99 Platinum, Sandstone, Sage, Ice Blue
Commercial
i5 / 4 / 128GB $ 699.99 Platinum
i5 / 8 / 128GB $ 799.99 Platinum, Sandstone, Sage, Ice Blue
i5 / 8 / 256GB $ 899.99 Platinum, Sandstone, Sage, Ice Blue
i5 / 16 / 256GB $ 1,099.99 Platinum

    Surface Laptop Go 2

    Surface Laptop Go 2

    The Surface Laptop Go 2 weighs less than two and a half pounds, so you can pick it up on the go, and now it has an 11th-generation Core i5 with powerful Iris Xe graphics.

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