After months of leaks, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 is official. As expected, the new tablet is getting a faster processor and a larger display. But since the screen is surrounded by slimmer bezels, which means Microsoft’s latest entry-level tablet has the same physical dimensions as its predecessor and should work with first-gen accessories.
Other new features in the Surface Go 2 include a bigger battery and longer battery life and Microsoft Studio Mics (dual microphones for improved voice quality).
Prices start at $399 and the Surface Go 2 will be available to purchase starting May 12, 2020.
The new tablet has a 10.5 inch, 1920 x 1280 pixel display, which is a light bump up from the 10 inch, 1800 x 1200 pixel screen in the original Surface Go.
And Microsoft has replaced the original tablet’s 7th-gen Intel Pentium 4415Y Kaby Lake processor with a choice of 8th-gen Pentium 4425Y or Core m3-8100Y Amber Lake processors for up to 64-percent performance boost.
While the $399 starting price is attractive, keep in mind that what you get for that price is a model entry-level specs. The price goes up pretty quickly once you start adding extra memory, storage, a faster processor, or support for 4G LTE. .
Here’s a run-down on pricing/configurations available at launch:
- Pentium 4425Y/4GB/64GB for $400
- Pentium 4425Y/8GB/128GB for $550
- Core m3-8100Y/8GB/128GB for $630
- Core m3-8100Y/8GB/128GB/4G LTE for $730
Like all Surface tablets, the Surface Go 2 supports optional accessories including Type Covers and Surface Pens. But those will also cost you extra.
Microsoft also announced the new Surface Book 3 will be available starting May 21, 2020 for $1600 and up. Available in 13.5 inch or 15 inch sizes, the 2-in-1 laptop is powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core Ice Lake processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX or RTX graphics, and supports up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of solid state storage.