Surface Laptop Go 2: Microsoft recycles the Surface Laptop Go with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 and a new colour option
Microsoft has finally released the Surface Laptop Go 2, having soft-launched the machine yesterday through South Korean social media. As we discussed previously, the Surface Laptop Go 2 comes with an Intel Core i5-1135G7, up from the Core i5-1035G1 in the original Surface Laptop Go. Additionally, the new model retains its predecessor's 12.4-inch display, which continues to output at 1,536 x 1,024 pixels in a 3:2 aspect ratio with a 148 PPI.
Supposedly, Microsoft has improved the webcam for the new Surface Laptop Go, although it remains a 720p sensor. Allegedly, the Surface Laptop Go 2 should run quieter than its predecessor, with improved thermals helping to reduce temperatures too. However, the switch from the Core i5-1035G1 to Core i5-1135G7 has only yielded 30 minutes more battery life, now rated at 13:30 hours. Practically speaking, the Surface Laptop Go 2 will get nowhere near Microsoft's advertised battery life.
At launch, Microsoft offers the Surface Laptop Go 2 in Platinum, Ice Blue, Sage and Sandstone colour options. The Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at US$599.99 with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, which rises to US$699.99 for 8 GB of RAM. Also, Microsoft offers 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD for US$799.99, or 16 GB of RAM and the same volume of storage for US$1,099.99.
For reference, the latter configuration is intended for businesses, although consumers can purchase it too. All configurations have replaceable M.2 2230 SSDs, but the entry-level model misses out on a fingerprint scanner. Unfortunately, the Surface Laptop Go 2 lacks keyboard backlighting, mirroring its predecessor. The Surface Laptop Go 2 is pre-orderable now and will begin shipping on June 7.