Surface Go 2

The Surface Go 2 is a 2-in-1 detachable tablet computer developed by Microsoft. It is the second generation of Surface Go and was announced alongside the Surface Book 3 on May 6, 2020 online. It was available for purchase starting May 12, 2020.[1]

Surface Go 2
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DeveloperMicrosoft
Product familyMicrosoft Surface
Type2-in-1 detachable tablet computer
GenerationSecond
Release date6 May 2020; 16 months ago (2020-05-06)
Retail availability12 May 2020; 16 months ago (2020-05-12)
Introductory priceUSD 400 to 730
Operating systemWindows 10 Home S mode
(upgradable to Home or Pro)
CPUIntel Pentium Gold 4425Y
Intel Core m3 8100Y
Memory8 GB or 4 GB RAM
StorageeMMC: 64 GB
SSD: 128 GB, 256 GB
Removable storageMicroSDXC
Display10.5 inch Touchscreen
PixelSense Display
1920 x 1280, 220 PPI
3:2 Aspect Ratio
Gorilla Glass 3
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 615
Sound2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, 3.5 mm headphone jack
InputBuilt in: touchscreen, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
Sold Separately: type cover, mouse, stylus pen, Surface Dial
CameraFront: 5 MP, 1080p HD
Rear: 8 MP, 1080p HD
TouchpadOn the Surface Type Cover
(sold separately)
ConnectivityWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, NFC,
LTE A, USB C
Power24W
Online servicesMicrosoft Store, OneDrive
Dimensions245 mm x 175 mm x 8.3 mm
(9.65 in x 6.9 in x 0.33 in)
Mass544 grams (1.199 lb) (WiFi model)
553 grams (1.219 lb) (LTE model)
PredecessorSurface Go
SuccessorSurface Go 3
Related articlesSurface
Websitewww.surface.com

Surface Go 2 keeps the same thin, lightweight design, but with a larger 10.5-inch display, an improved battery life and an improved performance, one particular model performs 64% faster than the original. It is the first time that an Intel Core m processor is offered in this small device.[2]

The device runs Windows 10 Home in S Mode by default, but can be switched to the full version of Windows 10 Home for free (but not vice versa). It features the same 5 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera and an infrared camera, same as the previous model. A NFC chip and a kickstand supporting an angle of up to 165° are also present.

With a bigger display also comes with a bigger 1920 x 1280 resolution at 220 ppi, while still maintaining the 3:2 aspect ratio.[3]

The Surface Go 2 starts at $399.99 and goes up to $729.99. Its detachable keyboard with touchpad and stylus pen are sold separately.

ConfigurationEdit

Surface Go 2 Configuration Options[4][5][6][7]
Price Tier in USD CPU Integrated GPU RAM Internal Storage LTE
Consumer Commercial
400 450 Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y Intel HD Graphics 615

(850 Mhz)[8]

4 GB 64GB eMMC No
550 Does not appear 8 GB 128GB NVMe SSD
Does not appear 500 Intel Core m3 8100Y Intel HD Graphics 615

(900 Mhz)[9]

4 GB 64GB eMMC
630 680 8 GB 128GB NVMe SSD
730 780 Yes
Does not appear 880 256GB NVMe SSD


FeaturesEdit

  • Windows Hello with IR camera for facial recognition logging in.
  • Faster processor with a 64% increase in performance for the top model.
  • An Intel Pentium Gold and an Intel Core m3 CPU options with an Intel HD Graphics GPU.[1]
  • Memory options are 4GB and 8GB
  • Storage options are 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
  • A headphone jack, a USB-C port, microSD card slot and a nano SIM card tray for the LTE model.
  • All configurations can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for an additional $50.
  • The 8.3 mm thick tablet weighs 544 grams or 1.2 pounds.
  • Up to 10 hours of typical device usage.

HardwareEdit

The Surface Go 2 is the 5th addition to small Surface lineup. The Surface Go 2 is aimed toward children and students, it is also aimed for schools and the enterprise.[10]

The Surface Go 2 features a bigger screen than its predecessor. It features a full-body magnesium alloy construction. The device features a new and fanless powerful processor, an Intel Core m3 8th gen processor inside. The cheaper models will have an Intel Pentium Gold processor inside.

The device contains USB C port with power delivery and a Surface Connect port. The front-facing camera contains an infrared sensor that supports login using Windows Hello.

The device's Type Cover uses an 8-pin connection which is compatible with the previous model. The keyboard is sold separately at $99.

SoftwareEdit

Surface Go 2 models ship with a pre-installed 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home in S Mode and a 30-day trial of Microsoft 365. Users may only install software from Windows Store. Users can opt out of the S Mode of the OS and upgrade to Home for free or Pro for a fee and be able to install apps from outside the Windows Store.

Windows 10 comes pre-installed with Mail, Calendar, People, Xbox, Photos, Movies and TV, Groove, Your Phone, Office and Edge. The device also supports Windows Hello login using a biometric facial recognition.[11]

TimelineEdit

Surface Duo 2Surface DuoSurface Hub 2SSurface HubSurface Studio 2Surface StudioSurface Laptop GoSurface Laptop 4Surface Laptop 3Surface Laptop 2Surface LaptopSurface Laptop StudioSurface Book 3Surface Book 2Surface BookSurface Pro XSurface Pro 8Surface Pro 7 PlusSurface Pro 7Surface Pro 6Surface Pro (2017)Surface Pro 4Surface Pro 3Surface Pro 2Surface ProSurface Go 3Surface Go 2Surface GoSurface 3Surface 2Surface (2012 tablet)


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Introducing Surface Go 2, Surface Book 3, Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds". Microsoft Blog. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "Microsoft's new Surface Go 2 has a bigger display and better Intel processor". The Verge. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "Microsoft announces the Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2 and Surface Headphones 2". GSMArena. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 tech specs
  5. ^ Configure your Surface Go 2
  6. ^ Microsoft Surface Go 2 for Business tech specs
  7. ^ Configure your Surface Go 2 for Business
  8. ^ "Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4425Y (2M Cache, 1.70 GHz) Product Specifications". ark.intel.com. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "Intel® Core™ m3-8100Y Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz) Product Specifications". ark.intel.com. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  10. ^ "Microsoft's new Surface Go 2 gets bigger display, more power". Windows Central. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  11. ^ "Microsoft unveils Surface Go 2: Release date, price, specs and battery life". Laptop Mag. Retrieved May 6, 2020.

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Preceded by
Surface Go
Surface Go 2
5th generation
With: Surface Book 3
Succeeded by
Surface Go 3