Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Leaks Early

Posted on May 31, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Hardware, Microsoft Surface, Mobile with 7 Comments

The successor to Microsoft’s low-cost Surface Laptop Go seems to have leaked early, as it’s been spotted on the website of a Korean retailer ahead of an official announcement. If the store listing now seems to have disappeared, The Verge has the rundown of what to expect.

Overall, the design of the Surface Laptop Go 2 seems unchanged with a 12.4-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, as well as an identical selection of ports (one USB-C, one USB-A, Surface Connect, and headphone jack). The keyboard is apparently still not backlit, and Microsoft will also keep offering a fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button on some Surface Laptop Go 2 models.

Under the hood, the Surface Laptop Go 2 will feature an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and a battery providing up to 13.5 hours of use. The listing also mentioned an “improved HD camera performance” (the original Surface Laptop Go shipped with a 720p camera).

According to the store listing, pre-orders will open on Thursday, June 2, so it shouldn’t be long before Microsoft officially announces the new laptop. The original Surface Laptop Go had a starting price of $549.99, but WinFuture reported last week that its successor could start at $650 instead.

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7 responses to “Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Leaks Early”

  1. MikeCerm

    11th-gen Intel CPU just kills this for me. Having used a MacBook Air for a little while, I would never consider buying a laptop with an Intel CPU ever again. I'd prefer Windows or Linux, generally, but the performance and battery life of the M1 Macs is just unbeatable. If I'm spending more than $500 on a laptop, I don't know why I wouldn't just get an M1 MacBook Air for like $800.

    • Daishi

      And just wait for Apple to be able to give the MacBook line the same treatment they do all their others and release effectively the current Air as a base level MacBook starting at something like $600 or $700. There are going to be some questions for the rest of the PC industry when that happens.

      • MikeCerm

        Seriously. If Apple is able to sell the base iPad at $300, there's literally no reason (other than vanity) that Apple couldn't revive the 12" MacBook form factor, offer a Mac OS laptop for $500, and just completely own the (non-gaming) laptop market from top to bottom.

        • Donte

          I just do not like MacOS (typing this on my 16inch M1 Pro Macbook). I much prefer Windows as I use some critical apps (for me) Visio and others.

          My company paid for this Macbook I am on, there is NO WAY I would drop this kind of money on a laptop (3K). Yes for the rare, very rare times I need to be on batter for more than 3-4 hours this Macbook shines. That said I dock this and my old T-580 ($1300) when I use them so often that I never really use battery only for more than an hour. The keyboard on this Macbook is way better than my 2017 15inch, but still not as good as my Thinkpad keyboard.

          • MikeCerm

            Yeah, I don't care for Mac OS either. For the stuff that I need to do on a laptop (web browser, Remote Desktop) it's certainly fine. I would prefer Windows or Linux, but there's just nothing at any price that ticks every box the way the MacBook Air does. Sure, you can get similar performance, but with fan noise and bad battery life. Sure, you can save some money, if you don't mind an all-plastic build, mediocre trackpad, a lower-quality screen, and terrible speakers. Every laptop has compromises, but having to deal with Mac OS is the one I find the least objectionable.

  2. geoff

    Surface 'GO' sometimes means a Celeron or Pentium CPU. That's a deal-breaker for most people.

    A proper i5 CPU, and a proper HD webcam, seems like a good start.

    This could be a good choice for students.

  3. omen_20

    I feel like Surface laptops only matter in the Windows world because of the 3:2 aspect ratio. More laptops are moving to 16:10 as standard with some doing 3:2 but those are only the high end.

    If Lenovo would release a 3:2 Yoga with AMD at $800 I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Right now I'm waiting for the 2022 Yoga 6 13" to drop. It's 16:10 but otherwise looks like the perfect laptop for me.

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