It’s time for some new Surface devices. The company is today launching a new Surface Laptop device, and no, it’s not the Surface Laptop 4. Instead, Microsoft is doing something slightly different.
Say hello to the new Surface Laptop Go — Microsoft’s new, $549 Surface Laptop device. The new Surface Laptop Go is the company’s most affordable Surface laptop yet. It’s not the most affordable Surface, though.
The new device features a 12.4-inch PixelSense display with an aspect ratio of 3:2, a resolution of 1536×1024 pixels, and 148PPI. The device features a full-sized (backlit) keyboard with a key travel of 1.3mm and a large precision trackpad. Under the hood, the Surface Laptop Go is powered by Intel’s 10th generation i5 quad-core processor, and you can get the device with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For the graphics, the Surface Laptop Go only comes with Intel’s UHD Graphics card.
The device also includes a new One Touch fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button, allowing users to sign-in quickly with Windows Hello. “One Touch sign-in also provides fast, secured access to OneDrive Personal Vault files and more so you can jump in quickly and be productive,” says Microsoft. Do note that the entry-level model with Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage does not include the fingerprint scanner. Also, the consumer version of the device comes with Windows 10 Home in S mode out of the box.
Surface Laptop Go packs a 720p HD camera and Studio Mics which will be perfect for online meetings. The device also includes omnisonic speakers and Dolby Audio sound.
Microsoft is promising up to 13 hours of battery life, and the device supports Fast Charging so you can get up to 80% of charge in just over an hour. In terms of ports, there’s a single USB-C port, a single USB-A port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Surface Connect port.
The new Surface Laptop Go is available in three different finishes: Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum. Pre-orders open today, and the device will be available for purchase starting October 16. 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.