Microsoft announces $549.99 Surface Laptop Go with 12.4-inch display and Core i5 CPU

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: The new Surface Laptop Go is designed to extend the Surface lineup, bringing key features from the main line to a smaller and more affordable design. At 2.45 pounds, it's also the lightest Surface laptop to date.

Microsoft on Thursday shored up rumors with the official introduction of a low-cost Surface Laptop. The 2-in-1 features a 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen display (1,536 x 1,024 resolution, 3:2 aspect ratio, 148 PPI) that’s driven by a 10th-gen Core i5-1035G1 processor and Intel UHD Graphics.

Systems can be configured with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM (per Microsoft’s specs, but a blog post on the system cites up to 16GB of RAM) and up to 256GB of SSD storage.

Other notable features include a full-size keyboard with 1.3mm of key travel, a USB-C port, a USB-A port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a proprietary Surface Connect port and a 720p front-facing camera. It comes loaded with Windows 10 Home in S mode and boasts Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity with a battery rated for up to 13 hours of runtime on a single charge.

Select configurations also have a Fingerprint Power Button with One Touch sign-in using Windows Hello, we’re told.

The new Surface Laptop Go starts at $549.99 and is available to pre-order now in your choice of ice blue, sandstone or platinum color schemes. Look for it to ship on October 12.

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Irata

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So for $549, you get it with 4GB / 64 GB....not that exciting.

What I find a bit odd is that you pay $699 for the 8 GB / 128 GB version but $200 more just seems to double storage (so $899 for the 8GB / 256 GB version). All other specs seem to be the same.

On top, it says „ special pricing for eligible students, parents, teachers and military. May not be combinable with other offers.“.
 

Squid Surprise

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That's actually quite reasonable... hard to get a laptop much cheaper with those specs I suppose... and at 2.5 pounds, that's pretty slim.

Personally I'd prefer to spend a bit more for something a bit faster - but I can see lots of people buying this.
 

Ultraman1966

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Only a 720 res front facing camera when the Surface Go 2 is 1080. This is important in our current climate where video calls instead of face to face meetings are the norm.
 

Squid Surprise

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Only a 720 res front facing camera when the Surface Go 2 is 1080. This is important in our current climate where video calls instead of face to face meetings are the norm.
not really... it's more important for smartphones, tablets or desktops... for a laptop, you probably won't need such a high def camera... and if you did, you'd probably want an aftermarket one anyways...
 

Ultraman1966

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not really... it's more important for smartphones, tablets or desktops... for a laptop, you probably won't need such a high def camera... and if you did, you'd probably want an aftermarket one anyways...
Everyone has different requirements, right now Webcams are like gold dust or just have significantly jacked up prices.