Microsoft is gearing up to ship to the next version of its popular Surface Laptop Go product line, likely dubbed the Surface Laptop Go 2 and featuring an updated processor.
According to our sources, the device is codenamed Zuma and is expected to start shipping in the first half of this year.
The Surface Laptop Go line is Microsoft's budget-friendly Surface Laptop, and we think it's one of the best Surface PCs for students thanks to its premium design and small overall form factor.
Surface Laptop Go 2: Availability
Surface Laptop Go 2 has not yet been announced, meaning we don't have a concrete date to give you regarding availability. Our sources say the Surface Laptop Go 2 will begin shipping in the first half of this year, meaning it will likely be announced in April or May.
Historically, Microsoft uses the April or May months to ship minor refreshes of its products, so it makes sense for a Surface Laptop Go 2 to be announced then.
Market availability is expected to be the same as the first Surface Laptop Go. Those markets are:
Surface Laptop Go 2: Price and specs
According to our sources, Surface Laptop Go 2 will target the same starting price of $549 for the entry-level model. Pricing for the higher configurations is expected to remain the same as well.
On the inside, Surface Laptop Go 2 will ship with an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 chip, up from the 10th-generation processor in the first Surface Laptop Go. The entry-level model is expected ship with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, just like the current Surface Laptop Go.
Here's the SKU list for the first Surface Laptop Go, which we believe accurately depicts the SKU list for Surface Laptop Go 2 as well:
Surface Laptop Go 2: Design and features
Our sources say that Surface Laptop Go 2 will be a relatively minor refresh, meaning there will be no significant design changes to the product. This means it'll feature the same 12.4-inch screen size, same ports, thickness, chassis, and materials as the first generation did.
We don't yet know whether the Surface Laptop Go 2 will be upgraded with a backlit keyboard however. The lack of a backlight on the Surface Laptop Go 1 was a top criticism among users, so hopefully Microsoft has addressed this.
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