Microsoft Surface Go 2 2-in-1 Tablet Review, Specification & Price
Surface Go is perfect for all your daily tasks, giving you laptop performance, tablet portability, and a stunning touchscreen with the power of Windows 10 Home in S mode. Surface Go Signature Type Cover and Surface Pen sold separately.
This 10.5-inch captivating 2-in-1 convertible tablet offers the best cloud-powered security, audio experience and a faster multitasking connection.
Microsoft’s sophomore effort is no slump. After a mixed first outing, the company returns with the Surface Go 2, a sleeker, faster and longer-lasting hybrid tablet. Tablets might not be in high demand during a pandemic, but the Surface Go 2 makes a compelling case.
The tablet’s 10.5-inch display is great for viewing content, the premium and portable design feels great when you’re carrying it around the house, and the twin cameras offer strong picture and video quality for video conferencing.
Best of all, the Surface Go 2’s battery life has blossomed, so you won’t stay tethered to an outlet.
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Key Features
- Windows 10 Pro
- 10.5-inch PixelSense™ Display
- 1920 x 1280 (220 ppi) resolution
- Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ m3 Processor
- Intel® UHD Graphics 615
- Up to 8GB RAM
- Up to 128GB SSD Card
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 5MP Front Camera
- Windows Hello Face Authentication Camera (Front-Facing Camera)
- 4G LTE with LTE Advanced
- Up to 10 hours
Design & Display
The Surface Go 2 looks practically identical to the original Surface Go aside from a few subtle but noteworthy updates made to the design.
Microsoft kept the same physical dimensions but expanded the Surface Go 2’s display from 10 inches to 10.5 inches.
This was achieved by trimming down the display bezels, although the narrower frames around the screen are still chunky by today’s standards.
By integrating a kickstand, Microsoft gave the Go 2 the flexibility other tablets only have when attached to a folio cover or keyboard attachment.
It works great on a desk, but the Go 2 isn’t particularly comfortable to use on your lap because only the bottom edge of the kickstand makes contact with your thighs.
On the display side, The Surface Go 2’s 10.5-inch, 1920 x 1280 touch screen display has an aspect ratio of 3:2, which makes it great for viewing documents or scrolling through webpages.
But don’t stop there. Vivid colors and crisp details mean you’ll enjoy binging your favorite TV shows or even editing photos on this budget tablet.
Surface Go 2 is equipped with two different processor option depending on the model you go for.
The base model is powered by an Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4425Y with 2 core, 4 threads and 1.70 GHz base Frequency.
This chip should provide a considerable performance boost over the Pentium Gold 4415Y in last year’s tablet.
Furthermore, the higher model however is powered by the 8th Gen Intel® Core m3 Processor which also gain up to 64% faster performance than its predecessor.
The Surface Go 2 two CPU model is backed up by an integrated Intel UHD 615 Graphics, thus, offering the best gaming experience.
Furthermore, the laptop offers up to 8GB RAM, as well as SSD card which can be configured up to 128GB and 64GB eMMC drive.
Surface Go 2 Surface Pen
If you’re an artist buying a tablet to create digital drawings or are a student who prefers to take notes by hand, then consider spending another $99 on the Surface Pen. You can use the pen to annotate or sign documents, sketch drawings in Paint 3D, or jot down a few notes in class or during a meeting.
The pen has 4,096 pressure points, making it one of the most sensitive pens. It also supports tilt for shading and has a customizable button and tail eraser.
Microsoft didn’t ship a Surface Pen with our Surface Go 2, but we’ve used the stylus in the past and found it to be responsive and sensitive to our movements.
Surface Go 2 Audio
The dual speakers on the Surface Go 2 are located on the top left and right sides of the display. They got loud enough to fill my small office without any distortion when I played Glass Animals’ “Dreamland” at 100% volume.
Surface G0 2 Type Cover Keyboard
Microsoft makes some of the best detachable keyboards but the Type Cover for the Surface Go 2 feels cramped. The keyboard is 9.4 inches across from key to key compared with 10.8 inches on the Surface Pro 7’s keyboard. As such, the keys are jammed together, making them more difficult to type on. If you have large hands, the Go 2’s narrow keys could be a deal-breaker.
Surface Go 2 Battery Life
The Surface Go 2 succeeds in an area where its predecessor failed most by delivering 11 hours and 39 minutes of battery life in our test (continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits).
That fantastic result demolishes the original Surface Go (6:06) and the category average (8:10) but falls just a few minutes short of what the iPad Air (11:54) achieved.
Surface Go 2 Cameras
On the front of the Surface Go 2 is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for taking selfies and on the rear is an 8MP lens. Both cameras shoot 1080p video, so you’ll get a sharp image when video conferencing.
The main 8MP camera struggled in difficult lighting conditions but took sharp, color-accurate shots in bright conditions.
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Price in Nigeria
The Surface Go 2 price is on sale for $399 for the base model and $729.99 for the LTE model. However, the price may change depending on your choice configuration.
This 2-in-1 device is available on Microsoft official store and popular e-commerce platforms like Amazon.
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Full Specification
Operating System : Window 10 Home in S Mode (Switch to Windows 10 Pro supported)
Processor : Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4425Y, 8th Gen Intel® Core m3 Processor
GPU : Intel® UHD Graphics 615
Memory : Up to 8GB of RAM
Colors : Platinum
Dimension : (245 mm x 175 mm x 8.3 mm)
Weight : 544 g (Wi-Fi Model), 553 g (4G LTE model)
Display & Keyboard
Display : 10.5-inch PixelSense Touch Display, 1920 x 1280 (220 ppi), 3:2 Aspect Ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1500:1 contrast ratio
Keyboard : detachable (sold separately)
Pointing Device : Touchscreen, Touchpad (On Keyboard)
Ports & Connectivity
Webcam : 5.0MP Front Camera, 8.0MP Rear Camera (1080p HD Video)
SD Slot : Full-size SDXC card reader
Headphones : Dual Studio Mics, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Wi-Fi : IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Mobile Broadband : Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X16 LTE Modem (4G LTE models), LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66