New Microsoft Laptops Preview: Surface Go 2 & Surface Book 3
Microsoft has announced new laptops scheduled for release later this month. The Surface Go 2, the budget tablet/laptop, and the Surface Book 3, the powerful 2-in-1 laptop. Let’s do a preview and see what you can expect from these two devices upon release.
Surface Go 2
Budget Laptop Tablet
Official Tech Specs:
|Display:||10.5-inch PixelSense™ Touchscreen
1920 x 1280 resolution
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 Protection
|Processor:||Intel® Pentium® Gold 4425Y/8th Gen Intel® Core m3|
|Graphics:||Intel® UHD Graphics 615|
|Storage:||64GB eMMC drive/128GB Solid-state drive (SSD)|
|1 x USB-C®
3.5 mm headphone jack
1 x Surface Connect port
Surface Type Cover Port
MicroSDXC Card Reader
Compatible with Surface Dial*
The Surface Go 2 is a portable, 2-in-1 Microsoft laptop or tablet that comes with a big 10.5-inch touch screen, a large resolution, and comes with better battery life compared to its predecessor.
Speaking of battery life, you are looking at up to 10 hours and weigh only 1,2 lbs (0.5 kg). It’s the next best in portability and a lightweight package for you to use anywhere and on the go. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons.
If you get the keypad accessory, then you can use it as a laptop, but in most cases, it’s sold separately and so is the stylus pen. So if you have a little extra, I suggest you get the keypad if you wish to type.
The starting price for this Microsoft laptop is US$399. It’s available online right now for you to configure and pre-order.
This is a great Microsoft laptop or tablet for people who like to work on the go. If that’s you and are looking for an affordable one then this one’s for you. You can find out more about what’s in store here.
Surface Book 3
The Powerful 2-in-1 Microsoft Laptop
Official Tech Specs:
|Display:||13.5” PixelSense™ Touchscreen, 3000 x 2000 resolution
15” PixelSense™ Touchscreen, 3240 x 2160 resolution
|Memory:||13.5” – 8GB/16GB/32GB RAM
15” – 16GB/32GB RAM
Quad-core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1035G7
Quad-core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G715”
Quad-core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7
Intel® Core™ i5-1035G7: Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics
Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with Max-Q Design15”
Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q Design
|Storage:||13.5” – 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD15” – 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB SSD|
|2 x USB-A
1 x USB-C®
3.5mm headphone jack
2 x Surface Connect ports
Full-size SDXC card reader
Compatible with Surface Dial
The next Microsoft laptop is the new Surface Book 3. It comes with a detachable keypad with hinges that connect to the Surface Book. The hinges are strong enough to bend the screen up to 360 degrees. It promises better performance, better graphics and texture, and better gaming than its predecessor.
It comes in two model sizes: 13.5-inch and 15-inch, both with high-resolution and touchscreen displays. It also includes a GPU from NVIDIA GeForce and a mid to high-performance Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. Let’s move on to the pros and cons.
Surface Book 3 is not a gaming laptop. You can get away with playing less hardware-demanding games though. But it’s a great tool to use if you need one for creative works.
The starting price for the Surface Book 2 is US$1600. It’s available now on pre-order, releasing on 21 May 2020.
The Surface Book 3 may come at a high price but you get a more powerful 2-in-1 laptop with a bigger screen and better specs meaning better performance. If you want to see more, see it here.
Verdict & Impressions
This is just a preview of what you can expect to get when you purchase the Microsoft laptop. Performance cannot really be said yet until the laptops have been reviewed. But for now, here are my impressions of the two.
The Surface Go 2 looks like a Microsoft laptop or tablet catered for those with budget constraints. The initial price is well below US$500, making it affordable and great value in my opinion.
The specs are similar to a typical budget laptop, so expect a standard laptop with a mediocre performance. But at the same time, expect a good laptop with the ability to help you get things done, nothing else. do normal everyday tasks, such as:
Bottom line – This is a budget Microsoft laptop or tablet. It’s going to be affordable. It will let you do normal everyday things well with features of lightweight and good battery life.
Surface Book 3 is looking to be a good mid to top-range Microsoft laptop, aimed at people looking for a more powerful 2-in-1 laptop, especially for those who are in the creative arts, and media development.
Gamers can also make use of this laptop as the GPU can help run PC games, but it won’t be as powerful as top-ranked gaming laptop brands. If top-ranked laptops are what you prefer, then check them out here.
It’s going to be a pricy one, with the starting price at US$1600, and that’s only for the mid-range 13-inch Intel Core i5 model.
Bottom line – If you’re looking for a more powerful Microsoft laptop, with premium looks, nice display, and other premium features, then this one is for you.
So there you have it, two Microsoft laptops scheduled to come out before the end of May 2020. Release dates are scheduled from the 21st May 2020.
Now you know what to look forward to when you get one of these two Microsoft laptops, keep your eyes open for the next coming news and updates.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will respond to you as soon as possible. Stay safe and take care until next time. 🙂