13 October 2020
Microsoft has launched a couple of new Surface products, including a refreshed Surface Pro X and the Surface Laptop Go, the company’s most affordable laptop so far.
The Surface Laptop Go offers a 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen display with 1536x1024 pixels resolution, which is only 148 pixels-per-inch. It packs an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor based on the Ice Lake platform. The processor has been coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. This is the configuration of the base variant that is priced at $549, at an entry-price. There are other higher variants also available with 8GB/16GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB/256GB SSD options.
Microsoft claims the new Laptop Go offers up to 13 hours of battery life with typical device usage. The Laptop Go also offers a fast-charge with 80% battery life in just an hour of charging.
The Microsoft Laptop Go features a full-size keyboard that offers 1.3mm key travel for a comfortable typing experience, along with a large precision trackpad right underneath. The fingerprint scanner is built into the power button for Windows Hello biometric authentication. The fingerprint scanner also supports one-touch sign-in for other Microsoft services like OneDrive Personal Vault. Note that the base model doesn’t include the fingerprint power button.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go offers a USB Type-A port, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the Surface connector for charging. It includes a 720p camera, Studio Mics, Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio tuning, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0.
The price of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go starts at $549 (base variant 4GB/64GB) and it comes in Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum color options. It will be available for pre-order on the Microsoft Store in the US today and it is expected to be available via other outlets by October 13th. Microsoft is yet to reveal the pricing information for other SKUs in the lineup.