Surface Go 2 confirmed to have a 10.5-inch display and thinner bezels; eMMC storage on the way too though
Following on from reports last week, Zac Bowden of Windows Central claims that Microsoft is giving the Surface Go a design refresh. Citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter", the Surface Go 2 will include a 10.5-inch display, 0.5-inch larger than the 3:2 panel with which Microsoft equipped its predecessor. The move to 10.5-inches will be joined by a slight increase in resolution from 1,920 x 1,200 to 1,920 x 1,280 too.
The Surface Go 2 will retain the chassis of the Surface Go though, as Roland Quandt hinted at last week. This has three implications. Firstly, it means that the Surface Go 2 will have thinner bezels than its predecessor. According to Bowden, these should resemble those of the Surface Laptop 3, which are noticeably thinner than the bezels of the Surface Pro 7.
This also means that the Surface Go 2 will be compatible with the existing Surface Go Type Cover. While this is only useful for those who are planning on upgrading from the original Surface Go, it also means that you could purchase a cheaper second-hand or refurbished Type Cover for your Surface Go 2. Sadly, this also means that the Surface Go 2 will retain the same paltry selection of ports as the original Surface Go.
While a larger display will help the Surface Go 2 look more modern, we would still consider giving the entry-level model a miss. Previous leaks have confirmed that the SKU will include a Pentium Gold 4425Y processor, which Bowden claims Microsoft will complement with 64 GB of eMMC flash storage and 4 GB of RAM. Essentially the same configuration as the entry-level Surface Go, it will feel slow in all but the least demanding of tasks. The Core m3-8100Y, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD model should perform considerably better in day to day tasks, though.
Microsoft is expected to launch the Surface Go 2 alongside the Surface Book 3 this spring. The latter could well be a modest upgrade according to previous leaks, too.