The Surface Laptop Go 2 is finally official after many months of rumours. The new one Surface budget is now available for pre-order and is scheduled to launch on June 7 with an improved webcam, as well as a jump in processing power thanks to Intel’s 11th generation CPUs.
As a follow-up to 2020’s Surface Laptop Go, Microsoft hopes this latest member of the Surface family can bring you a “unique premium design in an ultraportable form factor.” Yet despite that phrase, the product’s aluminum and polycarbonate physical design hasn’t changed at all.
Microsoft is offering the Laptop Go 2 in a new “Sage” color. The new color offers “green and gray notes with a hint of blue,” according to Microsoft. That’s in addition to the Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum options that already existed.
The addition of Intel’s 11th Gen processor aboard the new Surface Laptop Go 2 is the biggest change. This makes it the first Intel-based secure core PC in the Surface lineup. The original model had 10th generation processors, so the addition of the Intel Core i5-1135G7 should bring the performance benefit of Intel’s Iris Xe graphics. This is the only CPU option.
microsoft claims this combo can help you get up to 13.5 hours of battery life with typical use. RAM on the laptop can be configured with 4GB or 8GB, and there’s a 16GB option on the retail unit. Storage goes up to 128GB or 256GB. The SSD is removable, but only by authorized technicians.
As for the webcam, it is getting an upgrade. Along with dual microphones, that means you’ll “look and sound your best when making video calls,” according to Microsoft.
Surface Laptop Go 2 keeps the same screen and keyboard as the original. You will get a 12.4-inch, 3:2 aspect ratio display tuned to the resolution of 1536 x 1024 or 148 PPI. There is no support for Surface Pen yet. With the keyboard, you get a deck that offers 30% more key travel than a MacBook Air.
There’s also a fingerprint reader built into the power button on select models. However, Microsoft has not yet added a backlight on the keyboard.
The ports also remain unchanged between generations. The mix still includes USB-A, USB-C, and a headphone jack, as well as the Surface Connect port.
Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at $600. It’s now available for pre-order at BestBuy.com, as well as Microsoft Store.com.