Surface Go 2 specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about 2020 Surface Go 2 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

Availability

Surface Go 2
Released2020
Release Date
  • Introduced: May 6, 2020
  • Pre-ordered: May 6, 2020
  • Released: May 12, 2020
PricingSurface Go 2 for Consumer
  • $399 - Intel Pentium | 4 GB | 64 GB | WiFi
  • $549 - Intel Pentium | 8 GB | 128 GB | WiFi
  • $629 - Intel Core M3 | 8 GB | 128 GB | WiFi
  • $729 - Intel Core M3 | 8 GB | 128 GB | LTE
Surface Go 2 for Commercial
  • $449 - Intel Pentium | 4 GB | 64 GB | WiFi
  • $599 - Intel Pentium | 8 GB | 128 GB | WiFi
  • $679 - Intel Core M3 | 8 GB | 128 GB | WiFi
  • $779 - Intel Core M3 | 8 GB | 128 GB | LTE
Generations
Surface Go 2 Price
New Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 4GB Memory - 64GB - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
New Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 4GB Memory - 64GB - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
By Microsoft
$229.98
$249.00 8% OFF
Microsoft Surface Go 2-10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - WiFi - Platinum (Latest Model) (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Go 2-10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - WiFi - Platinum (Latest Model) (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$268.80
Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5 inches Touch-Screen Intel Pentium 4GB RAM, 64gb STV-00001 (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5 inches Touch-Screen Intel Pentium 4GB RAM, 64gb STV-00001 (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$174.99
New Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
New Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
By Microsoft
$499.99
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Touch-Screen 8GB RAM 128GB Storage MHM-00001 (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Go 2 Touch-Screen 8GB RAM 128GB Storage MHM-00001 (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$284.80

Exterior

Surface Go 2
Dimensions9.65” x 6.9” x 0.33” (245 mm x 175  mm x 8.3 mm)
Width: 9.65” (245 mm)
Height: 6.9” (175 mm)
Thickness: 0.33” (8.3 mm)
Weight
  • Surface Go 2: 1.2 lbs (544 g)
  • Surface Go 2 with LTE: 1.22 lbs. (553 g)
  • Surface Go 2 Keyboard: 0.55 lbs (249 g)
Colors
Platinum
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Surface Go Type Cover
    • Not included
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size mechanical backlit keyset with 1 mm of key travel.
  • Trackpad:
    • Precision glass trackpad.
    • Trackpad size: 101 mm x 56 mm
    • Supports a five-finger multitouch gesture.

Display

Surface Go 2
Size10.5 Inches
Info
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1280 (2.45M Pixels)
  • Density: 220 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Contrast ratio: 1500:1
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Ports

Surface Go 2
Ports
Surface Go 2 Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
Right (3)
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x Surface Connect
    Charging, Docking
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Bottom (1)
  • 1 x Surface Go Type Cover Connector
Under Kickstand (1)
  • 1 x microSD card slot

Internal Specs

Surface Go 2
Processor
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 4425Y
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.70 GHz, 2MB, 6W
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ M3-8100Y
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.10 → 3.40 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 5W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Surface Go 21
8th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 4425Y38458.18%
2
8th Gen Intel® Core™ M3-8100Y660100.00%
0660

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

Surface Go 21
8th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 4425Y92270.22%
2
8th Gen Intel® Core™ M3-8100Y1,313100.00%
01,313
Integrated Graphics
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 4425Y
    Intel® UHD Graphics 615
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 850 MHz
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ M3-8100Y
    Intel® UHD Graphics 615
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
Memory
4GB 8GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
  • 64GB
    eMMC
  • 128GB 256GB
    SSD

Connectivity

Surface Go 2
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 6: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology
MoreOptional LTE
  • Nano SIM Tray
  • 4G LTE Advanced (22 Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66)
  • GPS/GLONASS: Standalone and Assiste
  • GNSS, accuracy up to 3 meters

Battery

Surface Go 2
Size26.81 Wh
Battery Life
  • WiFi: Up to 10 hours of typical device usage
  • LTE Advanced: Up to 10 hours of typical device usage
Power Supply
  • 24W proprietary Surface Connect power supply

Software

Surface Go 2
OS
  • For Consumer: Windows 10 Home in S-mode
  • For Commercial: Windows 10 Pro
Free upgrade to Windows 11
Built-in Apps
  • For Consumer
    Microsoft 365 Family one month trial
  • For Commercial
    1 month trial for new Microsoft Office 365 customers

Camera & Audio

Surface Go 2
Camera
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p full HD video
Audio
  • Dual Studio Mics
  • 2W stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™

Misc

Surface Go 2
InkingSupports Surface Pen
4096 levels of pressure
Tilt sensing
Best in class latency
Paper feel
magnetic storage
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • NFC
Security
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box
  • Surface Go 2
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
More
  • Mechanical features: Signature unibody magnesium design with hidden perimeter venting
  • Kickstand with a full-friction multiposition hinge to 165 degrees
  • Magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power
  • Casing: Magnesium

Key Features

Surface Go 2
At Glance
Released in Mid
2020
3:2 FHD+
10.5”
1280p 60Hz
Weight
1.2 lb
0.54 kg
Up to
Intel Core M3-8100Y
2C/4T, 1.10 → 3.40 GHz
Geekbench 5
660
Single Core
Geekbench 5
1,313
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics 615
24 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
Configurable up to
8GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3
Surface Go 2 Ports

Photos

Our analysis and reviews

Surface Go 2 image

Creadit: Microsoft

What we like

Reasons to like about Surface Go 2.

Supports Windows 11

Surface Go 2 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsSurface Go 2
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Pentium Gold 4425Y → Intel Core M3-8100Y
4GB RAM4GB → 8GB
64GB Drive64GB → 256GB
2 Cores CPU2 cores
Great battery life of up to 10-hours

According to Microsoft, the Surface Go 2 lasts up to 10 hours of battery life.

  • WiFi: Up to 10 hours of typical device usage
  • LTE Advanced: Up to 10 hours of typical device usage

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Surface Go 2.

Non-upgradable storage

Surface Go 2 has soldered storage, and there are no M.2 slots for expansion. Learn more

Storage SlotsSurface Go 2
M.20 - Onboard
Non-upgradable memory

The memory on Surface Go 2 is soldered to the motherboard, and there is no additional RAM slot for expansion. Since you can't change or add more RAM after you buy, you want to make sure you pick the configuration with the right amount of memory at the initial purchase. Learn more

MemorySurface Go 2
Slots0 - Onboard
TypeLPDDR3
Speed1866 MHz

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

Much faster CPU performance

Intel Core M3-8100Y inside Surface Go 2 has a 53% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y inside Surface Go.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Surface Go 2 - Intel Core M3-8100Y
1,313
Surface Go 2 - Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y
922
Surface Go - Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
855
5% larger display

Surface Go 2 has a 10.5-inch screen size 5% larger than the 10-inch Surface Go.

Display size
Surface Go 2
10.5-inch
Surface Go
10-inch

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

About 5% heavier

Surface Go 2 weighed 1.2 pounds, 5% heavier than the 1.15 pounds Surface Go.

WeightSurface Go 2Surface Go
Pound
1.2 lbs.
1.15 lbs.
Kilogram
0.54 kg
0.52 kg

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