New Microsoft Surface Laptop Go and Pro X start with new CPU
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 launched around a year ago still costs just under 1,000 euros. Now two alternatives have been presented – the Surface Laptop Go and the new Surface Pro X with SQ2 processor – whose basic models start at just 600 Euro.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go from 600 Euro
The new Surface Laptop Go is the cheapest and lightest (1,100 grams) laptop from Microsoft to date. In order to accommodate the components in a case measuring only 278 × 206 × 15.7 mm, the screen has been shrunk from 13.5 inches to 12.45 inches. Microsoft, however, has retained the typical 3:2 aspect ratio. Despite the low resolution of 1536 x 1,024 pixels (148 ppi), the LC display is called “PixelSense”. The touch operation known from the Surface Laptop 3 with up to ten parallel fingers is also possible.
Microsoft only uses Intel processors from the Ice Lake generation in the Surface Laptop Go. The current Tiger-Lake CPUs and AMD Ryzen processors are not available. All versions of the Surface Laptop Go are offered exclusively with the Core i5-1035G1. The basic version for 613 Euro contains 4 GB RAM and 64 eMMC memory, for 788 Euro you get 8 GB RAM and a 128 GB SSD and in the 973 Euro expensive top model Microsoft includes 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Depending upon use the Akku should be sufficient for approximately 13 hours.
The Surface Laptop Go also offers a fingerprint sensor integrated in the power button. The biometric registration via IR camera, which is known from the more expensive Surface devices, is unfortunately missing. Features include a 720p camera, a microphone and speakers, a USB-A and USB-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The laptop is charged via the Surface Connector.
In Germany, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go will be available from November 20 in the colors ice blue, sandstone and platinum. Pre-orders of the device delivered with Windows 10 Home in S-Mode are already possible via the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft Surface Pro X with new processor
In addition to the Surface Laptop Go, Microsoft has also introduced a revised model of the Surface Pro X . The Windows 10 on ARM laptop now gets the new SQ2 processor instead of the SQ1 processor. Microsoft did not explain the differences between the two CPUs in detail during the presentation.
The SQ1 is a modified version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx with 160 MHz higher clock speed on the four Kryo-495 cores. In addition, the SQ1 offers an Adreno 685 instead of the Adreno 680, with an increased performance of 250 GFLOPS. The new SQ2 was also developed by Qualcomm. The recently introduced Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 with 3.15 GHz instead of 3.0 GHz clock frequency and the Adreno 690 instead of the Adreno 685 probably served as the basis.
Thanks to the Windows 10 on ARM optimized applications, the battery life of the Surface Pro X should be around 15 hours. Microsoft also promises higher performance in all application areas. The new apps include the Microsoft Edge browser and the Microsoft Teams conference app for Windows on ARM.
The Surface Pro X is available from October 27. According to Microsoft, the two new versions are not a replacement for the previous Surface Pro X models, but only an extension of the product range. The new basic model for 1,656 Euro offers 16 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD, while for 1,997 Euro users will receive 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
In addition, users who use the laptop for work still need the keyboard Surface Pro X Keyboard for at least 145.99 Euro. Microsoft also offers the Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard in combination with the Slim Pen in the colors ice blue, poppy red or platinum for 287.99 Euro.