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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 specifications, prices and release window emerge

The Surface Laptop Go 2 is expected to launch in four colours, including the three shown here. (Image source: Microsoft)
The Surface Laptop Go 2 is expected to launch in four colours, including the three shown here. (Image source: Microsoft)
Reputedly, Microsoft is planning to introduce a next-generation Surface Laptop Go this season, but with only minor changes from the current model. Details about the Surface Laptop Go 2's specifications and prices have leaked so far, including that it will start with a 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB memory configuration.

Windows Central has shared expectations for a second-generation Surface Laptop Go, purportedly called the Surface Laptop Go 2. To recap, the original Surface Laptop Go arrived in October 2020 with an Intel Core i5-1035G1, plus a 12.4-inch PixelSense display (1,534 x 1,024 pixels) and a full-size keyboard that lacks backlighting.

Reportedly, Microsoft will release the Surface Laptop Go 2 with an 11th Gen Core i5 processor, not one from the newer 12th Gen family. Unless Microsoft partners with Intel to create a custom processor, it would seem likely that the Surface Laptop Go 2 will arrive with the Core i5-1130G7 or the Core i5-1135G7. According to our database, the Core i5-1130G7 would only deliver marginal performance improvements over the Core i5-1035G1. By contrast, the Core i5-1135G7 should provide over a 20% uplift from the Core i5-1035G1.

Unfortunately, we have not tested the Core i5-1235U yet, but its 10 cores should deliver improved multi-core performance compared to the Core i5-1135G7. Separately, Windows Central states that the Surface Laptop Go 2 will be available from 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, mirroring its predecessor. Likewise, the website is unsure if the second-generation model will feature a backlit keyboard. Apparently, Microsoft will sell a new 'Sage' colourway alongside the existing Ice Blue, Platinum and Sandstone finishes in which it offers the current Surface Laptop Go 2. Predictably, the Surface Laptop Go 2 will retain its predecessor's design, as the Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Go 3 did.

Windows Central adds that Microsoft plans to launch the Surface Laptop Go 2 soon, likely during a spring hardware refresh. However, the device will not begin shipping until June, which would suggest a late May announcement. Reputedly, the Surface Laptop Go 2 will match its predecessor's consumer pricing, which started at US$549, rose to US$699 with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage and peaked at US$899 for the same amount of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Windows Central has not mentioned business pricing, although it insists that Microsoft will sell the Surface Laptop Go 2 for Business as well.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-04-12 (Update: 2022-04-12)