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Surface Go 2: The entry-level 2-in-1 looks to be back from the dead

Following Microsoft’s big 2019 hardware event, it looked like we could have seen the last of the Surface Go – there was nary a peep about a sequel. However, the Surface Go 2 seems to have risen from the canvas just before the KO.

When the rumoured device didn’t turn up at the mammoth Surface launch event, which saw the reveal of no less than six different pieces of hardware, it seemed that might be it for the mini 2-in-1. However, new rumours are suggesting the device could be back and with a few interesting tweaks.

The launch of Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X, Surface Laptop 3, and Surface Earbuds were expected ahead of the event but it was the Surface Neo and Surface Duo that stunned at the close.

It’s these surprising launches that seemed like they might derail a Surface Go 2 release – especially the Surface Neo. The Surface Neo feels like a device aimed at the same folk who’d be interested in a smaller Surface. That might now not necessarily be the case and a Surface Go 2 could still be on to provide a cheaper offering.

Microsoft Surface Go 2 release date – When is it coming out?

A new report from Petri has indicated the Surface Go 2 will be announced at a Microsoft hardware event this spring.

With a launch early in 2020, we’d expect to see the device launch sometime later in the year. However, we’d be surprised to see the release date clash with the upcoming Surface Duo and Surface Neo – meaning we could see an early launch or a drawn-out release in 2021.

Microsoft Surface Go 2 price – How much will it cost?

The original Surface Go starts at a price of £379.99. Brad Sams report for Petri suggests the second entry is likely to receive a similar pricing structure but with a potential price bump up to £399 for the base model.

This all remains speculation but keeping the price low would make sense – providing Microsoft with an entry-level point for the usually high-end Surface line.

Microsoft Surface Go 2 specs – How powerful is it?

The Surface Go isn’t known for being a spec behemoth – owing to its diminutive size and low-end processors. The Surface Go 2 seems like it will go down a similar path.

An Intel Pentium Gold processor was onboard the first iteration and it is expected to be carried over. However, Petri’s reporting on the second-gen Surface Go points towards a more powerful Intel Core M processor being available as an upgraded option.

There had been suggestions that the sequel could opt for a Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM processor – similar to the Surface Pro X – but that idea seems to have been nixed.

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