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Rumour | Surface Go 2 to feature the same display and Type Covers as its predecessor; design changes highly unlikely

The Surface Go 2 will look much like its predecessor, apparently. (Image source: Microsoft)
The Surface Go 2 will look much like its predecessor, apparently. (Image source: Microsoft)
Compounding previous fears of the Surface Go 2 being more of the same from Microsoft and its Surface sub-division, rumour has it that the upcoming device will retain the design of its predecessor. While Microsoft may sell the 2-in-1 in more colours than just silver this time around, thick bezels, pitiful ports and outdated processors do not make the Surface Go 2 sound like an inspired refresh.
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The Surface Go 2 has been popping up everywhere lately ahead of its anticipated launch this spring. Last seen at the FCC sporting Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, Microsoft's smallest x86 Surface is expected to feature a choice of Core m3-8100Y and Pentium Gold 4425Y processors.

If that was not uninspiring enough, then Roland Quandt states that the Surface Go 2 will also have the same Type Covers as its predecessor. The implication of this is that the device will have broadly the same footprint as the Surface Go, so expect a 10-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Worse still, Quandt claims that the Surface Go 2 will have the same 1,800 x 1,200 resolution as its predecessor, too. Remarking that design changes are "highly unlikely", Quandt added that Microsoft may sell the Surface Go 2 in more colours.  

The above does not eliminate the possibility that Microsoft has upgraded the Surface Go 2 in other ways, though. The device could have an improved selection of ports, for example. Likewise, Microsoft may equip all Surface Go 2 SKUs with NVMe flash storage, something it chose not to do with the original Surface Go.

It is difficult to escape the notion of the Surface Go 2 being an uninspired upgrade, though. The Surface Go look outdated and was underpowered when Microsoft released it in 2018, so releasing essentially the same device two years later just smacks of laziness.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-04-17 (Update: 2020-04-17)