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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go: Preorder the 12-inch laptop now

Microsoft has officially announced the Surface Laptop Go, a new 12.5-inch laptop that’s essentially a smaller and more affordable version of the Surface Laptop 3. 

A 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor can be found under the hood, along with 4GB / 8GB of RAM. That should be more than enough power for the likes of web browsing and video streaming, but don’t expect a content creation or gaming grade performance. 

The laptop runs on Windows 10 in S Mode, which is a scaled down and app-centric version of Microsoft’s operating system. Users will be able to switch to Windows 10 Pro if you fancy more freedom, but this could potentially see a noticeable slowdown for the performance. 

Other features include a fingerprint scanner (but not on the cheapest base model), a claimed battery life of up to 13 hours and a 720p front-facing webcam. 

For more details on the Surface Laptop Go, keep reading on and keep this page bookmarked for future updates. 

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Surface Laptop Go release date – When will it launch?

The Surface Laptop Go will be available to buy from 27 October 2020 in the UK.  

Pre-orders are open right now via the online Microsoft Store and select third-party retailers such as Amazon and Currys PC World. 

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Surface Laptop Go price – How much will it cost? 

The Surface Laptop Go has a starting price of £549.99, which bags you a model with an i5 Intel Core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. You unfortunately don’t get a fingerprint scanner at this price point. 

The laptop is also available with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for £699, and with extra roomy 256GB storage for £899.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Surface Laptop Go specs – How powerful is it?

The Surface Laptop Go is designed for casual use such as web browsing, video streaming and word processing. With just Intel UHD Graphics on show, professional-grade content creation and gaming outside of cloud-streaming services are essentially ruled out. 

Still, the Surface Laptop Go looks like a fantastic compromise between performance, portability and price on paper. The Windows 10 in S Mode will restrict you to Microsoft-approved apps, but you can always upgrade to Windows 10 Pro at a future date if you fancy more freedom.

The resolution of the 12.45-inch display is sadly just shy of hitting Full HD, but we doubt that will be an issue considering the small size of the screen. 

Surface Laptop Go
Display  12.45-inch, 1536 x 1024 touchscreen
Processor Intel Core™ i5-1035G1
RAM 4GB / 8GB 
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
Storage 64GB eMMC or
128GB / 256GB SSD
Ports 1 x USB-C

1 x USB-A

3.5 mm headphone jack

1 x Surface Connect port

Dimensions 278 x 206 x 15.7 mm
Weight 1.1 kg

Our biggest concern is the base storage option. With a 64GB eMMC drive, you may find yourself running out of space if you like to store photos and videos on the laptops. This isn’t a major issue for everyone though, as Cloud services such as Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive allow you to store data on external servers instead. 

Microsoft’s tiny laptop also features a USB-C (although no Thunderbolt 3 support), USB-A and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

Surface Laptop Go design – How will it look?

The Surface Laptop Go essentially looks like a smaller variation on the Surface Laptop 3, measuring in at just 15.7mm tall and having a dainty weight of 1.1kg. 

The new Microsoft laptop will be available in three different colours – Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum – although availability may vary by market. 

A large glass trackpad and a full-size keyboard feature, with the latter seeing 1.3mm travel in its keys, which Microsoft claims provides a comfortable typing experience – we’ll judge that for ourselves once review samples become available. 

A fingerprint scanner will be baked into the power button, but unfortunately not for the base model – you’ll have to pay a little more than the $549 base price to get that high-tech security. 

Stick with Trusted Reviews for our upcoming review, as we determine whether this diddy laptop is as good as it looks. 

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