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Microsoft is working on an even smaller Surface Laptop paired with Windows 11 SE

The Surface Laptop Go has a 12.4-inch display. (Image source: Microsoft)
The Surface Laptop Go has a 12.4-inch display. (Image source: Microsoft)
According to a report, Microsoft is developing a new Surface Laptop aimed at students. The device will be smaller than the current Surface Laptop Go and another attempt by Microsoft to combat compact Chromebooks' popularity. The smaller Surface Laptop will run Windows 11 SE too, a slimmed-down version of its latest OS.

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The Surface Laptop Go is comparatively small as Windows laptops go. However, Windows Central alleges that Microsoft is developing an even smaller alternative. The size of the Surface Laptop Go was not a problem when we reviewed it, but the lack of keyboard backlighting and its low-resolution display was.

According to Windows Central, Microsoft has codenamed the device 'Tenjin' and has equipped it with an 11.6-inch display. Inexplicably, the website claims that the compact panel has a 1,366 x 768-pixel resolution, much lower than the 1,536 x 1,024 one found in the Surface Laptop Go. Reputedly, Microsoft has also included 8 GB of RAM, although we would not be surprised to see 4 GB as an entry-level option.

Worse still, Windows Central believes that the compact Surface runs on an Intel Celeron N4120, a Gemini Lake processor that we have reviewed in numerous mini-PCs. Supposedly, the device lacks a Surface Connect port, which begs the question of why it belongs under the Surface brand at all. Nonetheless, Windows Central asserts that the small Surface Laptop has a USB Type-A port, a USB Type-C, a headphone jack and a barrel-shaped power connector, too.

The basic machine will be supported by Windows 11 SE, a pared-down version of Windows 11. Presumably, Windows 11 SE will be this generation's version of Windows 10 S, with which Microsoft ships the Surface Laptop Go. Unfortunately, pricing and availability are yet to leak for 'Tenjin'.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-28 (Update: 2021-10-28)