Microsoft Launches New $549 Surface Laptop Go

Joanna Estrada
October 1, 2020

But more importantly, Microsoft notes that more software partners are now optimizing their Windows apps for the Arm architecture (Microsoft still spells it ARM in its materials, but Arm PR will surely reach out to them and correct them).

To provide a bit of context, the Surface Laptop Go aims at a different demographic than some other Surface devices, at least when it comes to the entry variant.

The Laptop Go has a smaller 12.4-inch touchscreen display rather than the 13.5-inch display found on the Surface Laptop 3, though it still uses the company's PixelSense technology. It's running at 1536 x 1024 resolution, with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Surface Laptop Go packs a 720p HD camera and Studio Mics which will be flawless for online meetings. However, the Laptop Go lacks facial recognition support through Windows Hello. But some of the variants do come with a fingerprint scanner. The device features a full-sized (backlit) keyboard with a key travel of 1.3mm and a large precision trackpad. The Laptop Go also comes with a USB-C and one regular USB-A port, a headphone jack, and Surface Connect charging port.

Under the hood, the Surface Laptop Go is powered by Intel's 10th generation Core i5 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of MMC storage on the base model. 128GB storage, with 8GB of RAM, takes you to $699.99, while 256GB is $899.99. Thanks to some software improvements, the Surface Pro X now promises up to 15 hours of battery life. Along with the launch of the new Surface devices, Microsoft is also bringing Surface products to 11 new European countries, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Microsoft (MSFT +1.2%) debuts a new member of the Surface family with the Surface Laptop Go, which at about $550 (starting) is the second-cheapest model, above only the $399 Surface Go 2.

The new Surface Pro X will have a starting price of $1,499.99, up from the starting price of $999.99 for the first-generation model.

Although we had every reason to expect Microsoft to hold some sort of an event this fall dedicated to something other than the experimental Surface Duo, the Redmond-based tech giant made absolutely no effort to build buzz for what was ultimately announced earlier today.

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