Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a new Surface Laptop Go 2 later this spring. The successor to the low-cost Surface Laptop Go, which was released back in October 2020, is expected to be an iterative update with a minor spec bump and no design changes.
According to Windows Central’s Zac Bowden, the Surface Laptop Go 2 will “feature the same 12.4-inch screen size, same ports, thickness, chassis, and materials as the first generation did.” Bowden also reported that Microsoft may introduce a new “Sage” finish that would join the existing Platinum, Ice Blue, and Sandstone options. However, the addition of a backlit keyboard isn’t confirmed yet.
Under the hood, the Surface Laptop Go 2 should replace the Intel 10th generation i5 CPUs in the original Surface Laptop Go with newer 11th-gen Core i5 CPUs. The base model is expected to keep its 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage as well as its $549 price point.
Microsoft should once again offer two better-specced models with 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of faster SSD storage, and a fingerprint sensor. These more expensive configurations should be priced at $699 and $899, matching the current Surface Laptop Go SKU list.
The original Surface Laptop Go was Microsoft’s most affordable Surface Laptop, imitating what the company did with its Surface Go tablets. It was also Microsoft’s smallest and lightest laptop at just 2.45 pounds, and it was clearly designed as a Chromebook killer.
Now that Microsoft has released an even more affordable Surface Laptop SE for the Education market, the company may try to position its upcoming Surface Laptop Go 2 as a more mainstream laptop. The company is also expected to release a Surface Laptop 5 this year, which according to Bowden could now come in the fall due to the ongoing chip shortages.