8.1/10
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The Microsoft Surface Go 2 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
10.5"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Laptop Magazine

With long battery life, thin bezels and decent performance, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 addresses the shortcomings of its predecessor, but don’t expect a miracle from this $399 tablet.

- Phillip Tracy, Laptop Magazine
The Guardian

Other than wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5 support, only the slightly larger 10.5in screen really separates the lower-end Pentium Gold Surface Go 2 models from the equally excellent original, so look out for cut-price deals. At the real price of £499 or more, you can certainly get a more powerful Windows lap...

- Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian
The Verge

If you need Windows in a small tablet, ask yourself this: how important is the size to you? You can get a discounted or refurbished Surface Pro 6 or 7 for very nearly the cost of a well-specced Surface Go 2. That makes a lot more sense for a lot more people, I think. There’s nothing else like the Su...

- Dieter Bohn, The Verge
Windows Central

With the Core m3 processor, Surface Go 2 finally feels like a real PC. With nearly double the performance and no loss on battery life, the Go 2 is even more capable (and satisfying) than before. Toss in thinner bezels and a rich set of features, and there is still nothing else like Surface Go 2. But...

- Daniel Rubino, Windows Central
PCWorld

Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is the most inexpensive, compact Surface Microsoft offers. This 10.5-inch tablet offers improved performance, though the optional keyboard is extra and is uncomfortable to use.

- Mark Hachman, PCWorld


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Screen Size
10.5"

The Microsoft Surface Go 2's screen size is 10.5 inches with 1920 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Intel Pentium 4425Y Dual-core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows 10 Home in S mode operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown
Microsoft's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Surface Go 2 Specs

Overview
Release date May 12, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Networks
No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 10 Home in S mode

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Processor Intel Pentium 4425Y Dual-core 1.7 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
RAM 4/6 GB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Capacity Unknown
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Magnesium alloy
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.5 x 17.5 x 0.83 cm (9.7 x 6.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 544 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1920 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 220 pixels
Size 10.5 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging IM
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs No
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
No
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, JPG, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML, BMP
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Microsoft Surface Go (2nd Gen), Surface Go 2020

Other variations:

Intel Core M3 model
Processor: Intel Core M3
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 128 GB SSD

Weight: 553 grams

Connectivity: Wi-Fi or LTE
GPS: Standalone and assisted GNSS

SIM: Nano SIM

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Critic Reviews


Laptop Magazine

Small updates lead to a big improvement

from Laptop Magazine

With long battery life, thin bezels and decent performance, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 addresses the shortcomings of its predecessor, but don’t expect a miracle from this $399 tablet.

Read full review

With long battery life, thin bezels and decent performance, the Microsoft Surface Go 2 addresses the shortcomings of its predecessor, but don’t expect a miracle from this $399 tablet.

Read full review

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The Guardian

Microsoft’s smaller, cheaper Windows 10 tablet

from The Guardian

Other than wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5 support, only the slightly larger 10.5in screen really separates the lower-end Pentium Gold Surface Go 2 models from the equally excellent original, so look out for cut-price deals. At the real price of £499 or more, you can certainly get a more powerful Windows...More

Other than wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5 support, only the slightly larger 10.5in screen really separates the lower-end Pentium Gold Surface Go 2 models from the equally excellent original, so look out for cut-price deals. At the real price of £499 or more, you can certainly get a more powerful Windows laptop, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better experience. The gutsy little Surface Go 2 is simply great.

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The Verge

Intel’s chips are holding it back

from The Verge

If you need Windows in a small tablet, ask yourself this: how important is the size to you? You can get a discounted or refurbished Surface Pro 6 or 7 for very nearly the cost of a well-specced Surface Go 2. That makes a lot more sense for a lot more people, I think. There’s nothing else like t...More

If you need Windows in a small tablet, ask yourself this: how important is the size to you? You can get a discounted or refurbished Surface Pro 6 or 7 for very nearly the cost of a well-specced Surface Go 2. That makes a lot more sense for a lot more people, I think. There’s nothing else like the Surface Go 2. But while the idea of a little Windows 10 tablet is appealing, I’m not entirely sure it’s really practical. It’s a tiny niche for a small computer.

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Windows Central

Core m3 makes all the difference, but it's just barely enough

from Windows Central

With the Core m3 processor, Surface Go 2 finally feels like a real PC. With nearly double the performance and no loss on battery life, the Go 2 is even more capable (and satisfying) than before. Toss in thinner bezels and a rich set of features, and there is still nothing else like Surface Go 2....More

With the Core m3 processor, Surface Go 2 finally feels like a real PC. With nearly double the performance and no loss on battery life, the Go 2 is even more capable (and satisfying) than before. Toss in thinner bezels and a rich set of features, and there is still nothing else like Surface Go 2. But Surface Go 2 also proves there are some severe limits to how far Microsoft can push this design.

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PCWorld

A gorgeous, pricey tablet with a decent CPU

from PCWorld

Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is the most inexpensive, compact Surface Microsoft offers. This 10.5-inch tablet offers improved performance, though the optional keyboard is extra and is uncomfortable to use.

Read full review

Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is the most inexpensive, compact Surface Microsoft offers. This 10.5-inch tablet offers improved performance, though the optional keyboard is extra and is uncomfortable to use.

Read full review

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TechCrunch

A decent choice for those seeking a secondary Windows convertible

from TechCrunch

If you go in for the Core M3 Wi-Fi model, buy a keyboard case and the dock; that will set you back $1,017. It’s a far cry from the $399. At that point, it’s probably worth looking around at what the competition offers at that price point. If you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of functionality...More

If you go in for the Core M3 Wi-Fi model, buy a keyboard case and the dock; that will set you back $1,017. It’s a far cry from the $399. At that point, it’s probably worth looking around at what the competition offers at that price point. If you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of functionality in order to save a few bucks, however, the Go continues to be a decent choice for those seeking a secondary Windows convertible.

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Engadget

Microsoft's tiny PC is only a tiny bit better

from Engadget

The Surface Go 2 offers some slight improvements over the original: A larger screen and a faster CPU option. But the $400 model isn’t much different, and all of the upgrades and accessories add up quickly.

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The Surface Go 2 offers some slight improvements over the original: A larger screen and a faster CPU option. But the $400 model isn’t much different, and all of the upgrades and accessories add up quickly.

Read full review

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Tom's Guide

An impressive low-cost machine for those working on the go

from Tom's Guide

By thinning down the Surface Go's bezels and (hopefully) improving battery life, Microsoft may have figured out how to make the Surface Go 2 a winner after all. The optional faster processor, extra memory and actual SSD (eMMC is rarely decent) are also welcome additions. The Surface Go 2's sharp...More

By thinning down the Surface Go's bezels and (hopefully) improving battery life, Microsoft may have figured out how to make the Surface Go 2 a winner after all. The optional faster processor, extra memory and actual SSD (eMMC is rarely decent) are also welcome additions. The Surface Go 2's sharp front-facing camera is exactly the kind of tweak we want to see more of from laptops and tablets in the era of constant Zoom calls. We just wish that Microsoft didn't charge extra for the Type Cover that makes the Surface Go an actual laptop.

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