Microsoft has finally announced the most awaited refreshed models of its Surface Go 2, and the Surface Book 3 today. Surface Book 2 was launched two and a half years ago and has finally got his long-overdue refresh. Many features have been updated and remodeled in the Surface Go 2, including the design. Microsoft created Surface Go to grant a more affordable and convenient 2:1 to the Surface line.
As for Surface Book 3, it still has a similar design as its predecessor, but under the hood, some changes have been made. It is the most powerful laptop from Microsoft that provides up to 50% more performance than Surface Book 2 and up to 17.5 hours of battery life. So without further ado, lets jump on to the specifications of these two powerful laptops.
Surface Go 2
The Surface Go 2 now comes with a slightly larger display of 10.5-inches PixelSense display with a resolution of 1920×1280 pixels. With the larger screen resolution, the pixel density has also reached up to 220ppi, which was 217ppi on the original. The half-inch larger screen display completely fits into the chassis, which is the same size as the display, making the bezels appear a bit thin.
Under the hood, the base variant of the Surface Go comes with an Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y, which is from the Amber Lake family. It is not a superior upgrade, but it is still better than the previous Pentium Gold 4415Y. There is also another option for Core m3-8100Y now, which is the next step up from a Pentium Gold.
Apart from this, nothing has changed that much on the Surface Go 2. You still get the same 4GB and 8GB RAM coupled with 64GB eMMC and 128GB SSD. The connectivity features include the same 4G LTE option with the same LTE model that offers Snapdragon X16 for gigabit connectivity. As for the Bluetooth, it has been upgraded to 5.0.
Price and Availability
The Surface Go 2 will be up for purchase on May 12, starting at $399. It will arrive with the Windows 10 Home in S mode or Windows 10 Pro. Type cover accessories will be available in Platinum, Black, Poppy Red, and Ice Blue colors.
Surface Book 3
Surface Book 3 is the most powerful laptop that Microsoft has ever created. According to the rumors, the Surface Book 3 was supposed to arrive with the Comet Lake CPUs, but I guess Microsoft changed its mind and decided to go with Intel’s 10th-generation Ice Lake CPUs. The Ice Lake CPUs are made on the 10nm process while the Comet Lake on the 14nm process.
The Surface Book 3 comes in two models, including a 13-inch and a 15-inch model coupled with an Intel 10th Generation Core CPU – either the i5 or i7. The GPU options on the 13-inch model range from Intel Iris Plus in the base 13-inch configuration to Nvidia GTX 1650 with Max-Q Design in the i7 model. As for the 15-inch model, the GPU options range from either the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q Design or Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 with Max-Q Design.
The 13-inch model comes in three RAM variants – 8GB RAM, 16GB RAM, and 32GB RAM, while the 15-inch model comes in two RAM variants – 16GB RAM and 32GB RAM. The storage option remains the same on both models, which are 255GB, 512GB, and 1TB SSD. The battery life on the 13-inch model is up to 15.5 hours, while for the 15-inch model, it is up to 17.5 hours. You get a 5MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera along with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5 support.
Price and Availability
The Surface Book 3 is currently priced at $1,599 (1,21,620.82 Indian Rupee) and will be up for purchase on starting May 21.