Microsoft has just announced the successor to the baby of the Surface line, the Surface Go 2.
Designed with schools in mind, the Surface Go was launched early last year to fill a niche at the lower end of the Surface market. Smaller, lower cost, but just as premium in design, the Surface Go proved popular with schools and students, and it’s successor is here to improve upon the original.
The Surface Go 2 features a larger 10.5″ screen, longer battery life and smaller bezels but price remains surprisingly affordable, as Microsoft clearly takes aim at Chromebook and iPad in schools.
Surface Go 2 keeps the same thin, lightweight design, but now offers a larger 10.5-inch PixelSense display, improved battery life and a model with up to 64% faster performance than the original with 8th Generation Intel® Core™ M options for the first time. We’ve added Studio Mics, our dual microphone solution, to increase voice clarity and reduce background noise for Teams meetings or video chats, and a 5MP front-facing camera delivers sharp video even in low light. We’ve also added the new Camera app for the rear-facing camera to make it easy to scan documents and whiteboards – whether you’re sharing notes from a meeting or turning in homework. Paired with Surface Pen, Surface Go 2 allows distance learners and remote workers to stay digital, while unlocking the power of natural ink for things like drawing diagrams, marking up documents or working through math equations.
Despite the base model Surface Go 2 running only an Intel Pentium 4425Y processor, the user experience with the Go has always been amazing for such a low cost piece of technology. The original Go being one of the stand out device for me over the last year.
Alongside the Go, Microsoft also announced the Surface Book 3. I can appreciate that a device of this type isn’t appropriate for most students, but the Surface Book 2 has been my work horse device for the last two years, and has performed brilliantly.
More importantly for schools using Surface, the Surface Dock 2 was announced alongside the new Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub. The upgraded Dock features new enterprise management features, which while details are currently sparse, will hopefully allow for some degree of centralised management of firmware upgrades as well as control of ports and settings.
Surface Dock 2 helps you expand your workspace with a simple magnetic click and delivers faster charging, higher data transfer rates and the enterprise management tools people have been asking for. We’re also announcing a new multi-port Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub to give you more ways to connect to networks, displays and USB-C™ accessories when you’re on the go.
The Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub is a completely new bit of kit. Details are limited, but this might provide an improved experience for teachers moving between classrooms.As soon as I get a chance to get my hands on the hardware, I’ll put together some thoughts, and I should have a Surface Go 2 review up in a couple of weeks.