Finally, Microsoft looks set to update one of the few truly budget Windows laptops worth considering over a Chromebook.
I’m referring to the Surface Laptop Go, which should get a sequel in the coming months, according to Zac Bowden of Windows Central, which has an impeccable record when it comes to revealing details about Microsoft products ahead of their official launch. Bowden says the Surface Laptop Go 2 will debut this spring, likely in June, with updated specs and a familiar design.
Don’t hold your breath for major changes; the Surface Laptop Go 2 is shaping up to be an iterative update, not the redesign you might expect after a 1.5-year gap between releases. Either way, the Laptop Go 2 would start at the same entry price of $549 with higher configurations matching the current model at $699 and $899. It must be said, however, that you can currently buy the Surface Laptop Go for as little as $399.
The big upgrade to this sophomore effort is the faster performance than it gets using 11th Gen Intel chips that will replace current 10th Gen components. If this is correct, the Surface Laptop Go 2 will still be a generation behind the latest laptops, given that Intel is already shipping 12th generation processors.
According to Windows Central, everything from the current Laptop Go will carry over to the next model, including ports, chassis design, materials and the 12.4-inch screen. It will likely come with 4GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of faster SSD storage, and a fingerprint sensor. We’re hoping the new chip improves cooling as the previous model has gone fried, although if there’s one much-needed update on our list it’s a backlit keyboard, which the current model inexplicably lacks.
That said, what I’m most looking forward to seeing in person is the rumored Sage color. I’m big on the current finishes offered by Microsoft and imagine a green chassis would help the system stand out from almost anything on the market.
The Surface Laptop Go isn’t the company’s cheapest laptop – it would be the Surface SE Laptop, a $249 device for the K-12 market. Either way, the Laptop Go is one of the best budget PCs out there and a real contender to mid-range Chromebooks. If you’re looking for a more premium option, Microsoft is expected to launch the Surface Laptop 5 later this year, although Bowden warns chip shortages could push its launch from spring to fall.