Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go 2 is Official and Launching on June 7

Posted on June 1, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Microsoft, Microsoft Surface with 10 Comments

Microsoft has officially announced its new Surface Laptop Go 2 today after it previously showed up on the website of a retailer. The successor to the 2020 Surface Laptop Go is available for pre-order today, and it’s also available in a new greenish Sage finish.

“In addition to Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum, we’re excited to offer Surface Laptop Go 2 in a fresh Sage color. Inspired by subtle nature tones, Sage carries green and gray notes with a hint of blue. In the natural light, you’ll notice the soft reflection of the premium aluminum material”, explained Pete Kyriacou, CVP, Microsoft Devices.

The original Surface Laptop Go combined the premium-looking Surface design with an affordable price, and the Surface Laptop Go 2 keeps iterating on that formula. Microsoft kept the same 12.4-inch 3:2 touch display with a 1536 x 1024 resolution, as well as the 2.48 pounds chassis that uses a combination of aluminum and polycarbonate on the base. The company also made the Keyset and Trackpad, display, and battery replaceable, in addition to the SSD.

The Surface Laptop Go 2 comes with a quad-core 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, and it’s also the first Surface device to integrate a Pluton security chip. The improved HD camera still provides enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello sign-in, and there’s also an optional Fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button on high-end Surface Laptop Go 2 models.

The consumer version of the Surface Laptop Go 2 comes with Windows 11 Home, and it can be configured with either 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The commercial version comes with either Windows 11 Pro or Windows 10 Pro, and it can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM.

Microsoft promises up to 13.5 hours of battery on the Surface Laptop Go 2, with the 39W power supply being capable of charging it to 80% in just over an hour. The new laptop also comes with the same selection of ports (one USB-C port, one USB-A port, Surface Connect, and a headphone jack), and it supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

The Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at $599 for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is $50 more expensive than the original Surface Laptop Go. It’s available for pre-order today on the Microsoft Store and Best Buy, with shipments starting on June 7. You can visit the Surface for business page to learn more about how to purchase the commercial version of the Surface Laptop Go 2.

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10 responses to “Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go 2 is Official and Launching on June 7”

  1. huddie

    Nothing says quality like the base spec coming with 4GB of RAM.

    • wright_is

      A lot of businesses still use 4GB as their baseline.


      Our desktop PCs all still have 4GB RAM, luckily most of the business laptops we use only come with 8GB as a minimum. I switched to a minimum of 16GB at home in 2017 and my Ryzen PC has 32GB, but the work laptop has 8GB.


      We also use 128GB SSDs for the desktops, again, the laptops usually have a minimum of 256GB these days. Again, my work laptop is 4 years old and still has over 150GB free.


      It depends greatly on what you are doing. We do most of our heavy lifting on the terminal servers, the users need a bit of Excel and Outlook and that's about it, for local work. We do have CAD users and PLC programmers, they have meatier kit, but the standard users need very little in the way of power - although the use of Teams during the pandemic has shown just what a bloated mess that is...

  2. ggolcher

    With the current price of ram, offering a 4GB model for $600 is seriously outrageous.

  3. André Lopes

    Any news on the Surface Laptop 5?

  4. brandonmills

    I hate when they set such low standards for the baseline model. I'd rather the price be higher, because average consumers aren't going to understand just how much their experience is going to suffer due to lack of RAM. 4GB is not enough in 2022.

  5. rob_segal

    I couldn't recommend the base model to anyone. 4GB of RAM is tough to justify. $699 for the 8gb/128gb model puts this in competition with mid-range laptops. There is a Yoga 6 that is $50 more and looks more interesting than this.

  6. Michael_Miller

    From a business case standpoint, why would MS spend resources on a device that many on this site (and others) believe is not worthwhile. Perhaps, the greater buying public sees merit in the device unlike enthusiasts that are involved on this site. Just sayin’

    • wright_is

      For a lot of frontline staff, they run 1 custom application, day-in, day-out, plus a bit of email. For them, 4GB is often more than enough, so businesses save a lot of money.


      Plus, in many businesses the heavy lifting is done on terminal servers, using RDP, Citrix etc. so the client needs relatively little power. Businesses don't like paying through the nose for things they don't really need...

      • jmountjoy

        If saving money is a company’s priority, they aren’t buying Surface devices. You’re either buying lower cost laptops with this spec for the use case you’re suggesting or your buying higher spec devices at this price point. As a previous Surface owner, the build quality and premium feel of the device engendered some serious positive feelings. It’s difficult to support that aspect as a reason to buy this device in a price conscious enterprise environment.

        Anecdotally, the notion of giving any of the 10,000+ employees in my charity organisation a device running Windows with only 4GB of RAM is a non-starter. Yes, we use Azure Virtual Desktop. Yes, we use web based apps for the majority of workloads. We also use the full Office suite as part of O365 subscription. Launching Outlook and a few browser tabs would effectively have that 4GB model on its knees.

    • pesos

      The SL Go is actually a great little machine and we have deployed a number of them for clients. Just have to skip the base config and go to at least 8gb ram (we now go 16 minimum as the hope is the machines will be in service at least 4 years).