Surface Go 2 specs allegedly leak, showing significant internal upgrades

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What you need to know

  • Alleged specs for the Surface Go 2 have leaked online.
  • The leaks show that the Surface Go 2 could have Intel m3 and Intel Pentium variants.
  • The leaks line up with some previous rumors and reports about the Surface Go 2.

Alleged specs of the Surface Go 2 recently leaked online. Twitter user rogame shared the alleged specs, which state that the Surface Go 2 will have Intel Core m3 and Intel Pentium variants (via Tom's Hardware). Specifically, the leak states that the Surface Go 2 will have variants powered by the Intel Core m3-8100Y processor and the Intel Pentium 4425Y processor. If accurate, the specs mean that the Surface Go 2 will see a significant bump in its second generation.

The first-generation Surface Go runs on an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor that hits 1.6GHz. The leaked specs show a model with an Intel Pentium CPU 4425Y processor running at 1.70GHz with two cores, four threads, and no base boost. The potential Intel Core m3-8100Y variant would run at 1.10GHz, have two cores, four threads, and a boost speed of 3.4GHz.

Rogame states on Twitter that both models use the same SSD as the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X.

As is the case with all leaks, these figures need to be taken with a grain of salt. The specs shared here do seem plausible, as they line up with some previous reports and rumors about the Surface Go 2. In our roundup of the Surface hardware we expect this year, we pointed to Geekbench scores that show a Surface Go 2 running the same Intel Core m3 processor shown in these recent leaks.

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56 Comments
  • I'm surprised ms isn't making this run woa. .. Yes, I know this is rumors
  • Windows 10 on ARM is real Windows, and includes Windows 10 Home, Pro and Enterprise. I am curious, however, which x86-64-bit apps you plan to run on a Core m3-8100Y processor and why? I'm even more curious if you have ever used a Core m3-8100Y or Pentium 4425Y to run anything and enjoyed the experience from the "power" of dual-core in the year 2020 (I'm not sure you're aware AMD and Qualcomm are both doing 8-cores now).
  • Could they hit the same price point with WOA? I'm sure that's very important for the Go.
  • The Intel m cores are relatively expensive I think, probably a good 6-core snapdragon would be at least possible (which would be ideal for the Go in contrary to the 8-core I think for best battery life with still ok performance).
  • Have there been fresh rumours about the readiness of the x64 emulation layer for WoA? I feel that's the last missing piece to be fully ready. Sometimes there's just that one little .exe you can't live without or that you are just so comfortable with!
  • The turbo clocks are really nice though on the m core, so at least it would feel very snappy with doing quick calculations, browsing or starting programs etc. The only possible issue I think might be battery life, not sure how efficient the m core (with those turbo clock speeds) is compared to the pentium.
    Perhaps undervolting and slightly limiting the cpu in Windows power saver might be interesting for good enough performance and much better battery life?
  • Here we go... Wouldn't you rather just say the surface go line isn't for you if you feel that way. Like where does your line for real windows machine begin and end?
  • I'm an IT consultant and have been running SPX as my only device since November and not been inhibited once. Nothing 'light' about woa in my experience. In fact, Im loving the battery life, LTE, and pen. Huge improvement over my SP4.
  • The x86 emulation layer is mostly good enough to tide users over if it really comes down to that one 32 bit exe you just need. Hopefully they get the x64 emulation layer going as well to settle this Windows 10 on ARM weakness. Once the x64 emulation is in place, WoA is ready for prime time imho!
  • Apart from that, as Qualcomm's next-generation CPUs become more powerful/efficient, the performance of the emulation layer will also increase accordingly.
  • As Daniel keeps pointing out, what x64 app are you unable to use? I think this is a false argument. The WoA demographic is the road warrior, not the video editor.
  • It's not just video editors that need mature, sophisticated x64 applications. Take MATLAB or Mathematica, or other similar excellent x64 tools which are not extremely taxing on CPU resources (depending on the specific task), but are nevertheless very useful for mid-level complexity. I would easily go all in on WoA if MATLAB for example is available when I need it. Sometimes you just need that extra tool to do some occasional complex matrix factorization, inversion etc, or run some simple sims and then you are stuck because they are only available as 'real programs' not consumer apps. Then you have to go to your PC proper to get the job done, or you just go with your Surface Pro to avoid this altogether. x64 emulation would solve this nicely.
  • MATLAB is a super niche application for engineers, whom is not the demographic targeted for WoA. Maybe they have a x86 version, I don't know. Again, SPX is for mobile workers who don't need processor heavy application. Mobile workers want better battery life, connectivity, light weight.
  • But that exactly is the point. Why arbitrarily limit WoA to so-called mobile workers? Benchmarks show that these high-end arm chips are pretty powerful and can handle some of these tools with decent performance. Although I use matlab as an example, there are several of these apparently niche tools that make the difference between getting a Pro X and an Ultrabook or regular Surface Pro. I think they should just get the full x86 and x64 emulation layers working. It also completely distinguishes WoA from the likes of iPad pro or other mobile based OS. It is also important to clarify that x86/x64 programs do not necessarily imply processor heavy. It's mainly that the code base is very mature and stable, many with 30+ years of refinement that cannot be easily re-written today.
  • Well, if the program's source code is written in a language that makes it easily portable to other architectures (C, C+), then programs like MATLAB COULD be recompiled for ARM and run superb on those platforms, but if they use assembly or other libraries that are not available on ARM, it can become complicated. I assume this is what is causing Adobe t take a while to bring their apps to Windows 10 ARM. Apart from the technical aspect, there's also the business aspect. Maintaining another version of the program costs the company money and if they see there's no market to justify it, they won't even bother, so that x64 emulation can't come soon enough.
  • Yes, this is the issue. To me, it is not realistic to expect developers to port these really old and very mature programs to ARM. Chances are really slim, it's not just worth the effort in most cases. As I mentioned, many of these code bases go back 30+ years, with countless libraries and APIs. I'm pretty sure publishing an ARM version is not simply a matter of just clicking a drop-down menu and selecting ARM, else all x64 programs would probably have an ARM version overnight. There'll be a lot of under the hood work to get it truly tested and stable, maybe replace a few libraries here and there - in short, a non-trivial task. Emulation/VMs and similar technologies just make sense, it really is the only realistic way to go, and software development across different architectures or ecosystems has proven this over time.
    As a side note, do you know that the WSL is in many ways a type of emulation of the Linux kernel calls by a very light weight low level translation to NT kernel calls? All of a sudden, the entire Linux library of tools is available literally at once to the Windows community, without the Linux developers having to do a single thing. The other option would have been to port/recompile these individual tools to Windows and we all know how that has gone over the years. MS should just get x86 and x64 emulation refined and working well on ARM. The performance issues will naturally vanish over time as the underlying hardware becomes more powerful.
  • Agreed. While the extra power from the M3 is always nice to have, it makes me doubt battery life...the original's battery life is already so-so even with the power-sipping Pentium Gold 4415Y. If only Lakefield would have already been available...would have been the perfect processor for this device.
  • I agree with you, they could have made it a third variant with comparable pricing and I will bet it will sell more because of possible LTE at that said price point.
  • Yeah, Surface Go with ARM SoC would fit way better. Considering Surface Go isn't really meant to be a device running heavier tasks. It will also benefit for better battery life efficiency. They can even make the device thinner as well, making it more portable.
  • This should be $299 with 10X and an ARM processor if Microsoft wants to build a user base. If Apple can hit this price point with iPad, why can't Microsoft?
  • You mean the ipad with only 32 gb flash storage (the newer versions of iOS at least use up 10-16 gb total so that leaves only a whooping ~16 gb) and no microsd card or such? It's a decent budget tablet but the m-core Go version would absolutely outperform this in almost every way so it is only logical it would be more expensive.
  • Surface Go has no apps, and is only 64GB. Windows takes up more than half of that. It isn't worth$399 for the current version. It should start at $249 at most with those issues. I can go buy a brand new iPad for less on sale. How does Microsoft compete with that? A new operating system like 10X should be fine on 32GB.
  • "Surface Go has no apps"? Are you serious?
  • He's right. Win32 programs aren't apps. High quality touch friendly apps that are available through the store are an absolute necessity on tablets, especially on small ones like the Surface Go. I want to want a Surface Go, but it just doesn't offer enough to justify it. I'm happy sticking with my Surface Pro.
  • It's one thing to say that Win32 are not TABLET-OPTIMIZED "apps, which is a completely valid point that I also share, but they are still apps as in applications that make a hunk of silicon and plastic do useful work.
  • If you don't mind old, outdated apps with no touch interface, then Surface Go has apps. You are basically stuck with a web browser though for any modern service.
  • The bulk of apps are entirely replaceable by a good touch browser anyway. The few required ones for offline content like Netflix are mostly there. Granted certain touch friendly demotics stuff is missing etc, not sure how many people would use that kind of stuff on a tablet though. Concerning x86 apps, you will probably be using a pen anyway for productivity, which would make these apps viable.
  • I mainly use mine as an ultra-portable laptop with some "old, outdated" (I think you mean Win32) apps that I need for work. I'm fine with it. If I wanted an iPad, I would have gotten one.
  • It really depends on how much apps you want to use and what kind of apps. Personally I am completely satisfied at the moment with Edge/Firefox (+addons), Netflix, Office, some other apps for drawing etc, translator stuff etc, Steam and Gog.
    Steam & Gog have about a few hundred games that can be played by touch incl games like Xcom Firaxis and Civ5/6 (they can be tricky to find but there are lists online like on reddit SurfaceGaming and Steam touch curator, bonus is that these are often real games and not that flappy bird crap). In some regards Android & iOS are worse. Android sucks with finding quality games and apps that respect privacy (trackers everywhere and hidden). iOS games have more micro-transactions than e.g. Steam games and most Gog games are entirely drm free (so even 10 years later you can eg play them).
    They also both lack kickstand features.
  • There's something wrong with you statement. Lol 😂😂😂😂😂 now win32 are not app now lol 😂😂 😂😂 they are planning solid wonderful apps in Microsoft store lol 😂😂 with with Windows 10 hitting a billion devices. ☺️ Now with Windows 10 x the future is uwp sorry LoL 😂
  • Win32 is old. Those apps aren't going to have a tablet interface and modern services aren't going to be available. If you need a work device, then you will likely find what you need. If you need a more casual device, they are certainly lacking. You will be stuck using a browser for everything. At that point why not iPad, Android, or ChromeOS?
  • OMG 😂😂😂😂😂 lol you are so fun 😂😂 ChromeOS Lol 😂😂
    You do realize no one ues ChromeOS lol with Windows 10 x launching this year Wegmans 10 1 billing users more uwp app coming out
  • Windows 10 1 billion users
  • Nah Windows 10 does not use 32 gb, more like 20 gb which leaves 44 gb. That is almost 3 times as much free storage and a free microsd slot. Like how can you overlook this? I can buy a brand new Go at the same price as the regular Ipad now by the way (both 350 incl taxes).
  • If you are talking about sales, I can buy the newest iPad at my local Microcenter for like $229. It won't take long before Window eats up way more than 20GB with all the legacy cruft.
  • Well apparently new ipads are more expensive here than (as in they won't get such big sales). Also your last line is bs.
  • "Also your last line is bs."
    I Agree
  • I do think 10x makes a lot of sense for the go line. But that would mean this product is at least a spring 2021 release
  • Actually on further thought, ms dropping this with neo could be a great idea as well despite the marketing for 10x being for a new dual screen experience. It would def help 10x exposure. But separating the experience and products to limit confusion for customers will also need to be accounted for... Ahh whatever! I just can't wait to win this Windows Central Neo giveaway this fall 😉😏
  • It would be interesting but personally I would prefer an Intel/Amd tablet with W10, so many Steam and Gog games can be played without issues and the Go might be the only light W10 tablet that is just good enough for this.
    Though eg Xcloud could be a valid alternative for some.
  • I reeeeaaalllly hope they also do a WOA version!!
  • Wow look like Surface Go 2 it's coming this October with Windows 10 x
  • I'm so close to jumping ship and getting the iPad (now they have proper cursor support) but the ludicrous price of the new keyboard stops me dead in my tracks. I'll wait to see what MS offer with the new Go. Main thing they need to improve is battery life. Would also love slimmer bezels.
  • Battery life on the Go is terrible. It’s why it can’t replace an iPad yet.
  • The new m-core version would have still decent performance and great battery life if you limit the cpu a bit in Windows Power Saver. I use it to get an extra hour on my Surface Pro 1, e.g. set the max cpu speed when on battery to e.g. 80% (you can play a bit with this value to get the best balance in performance and battery life). This helps when you use stuff like Word, watching videos, browsing, gaming or such (as a bonus it actually improves gaming performance since it allows more power to the igpu). It does not work well when you do program or video compiling or such.
  • Should be ARM. Disappointed Microsoft, disappointed
  • Yes I agree. It should be ARM to guarantee better battery life. A smaller Surface Pro X would have been ideal for this form factor.
  • Surface Go 2 is coming this October with Windows 10 x
  • Source? Windows Central would have cover this if there is a leak information about that. Unless they make this as a secret which is sort of unlikely for now.
  • Thinner bezels please, it's 2020!
  • I've been using a "Go" since its release, using it right now in tablet form to type this. I have Windows Central installed as an app with the Edgium browser. This weak Pentium runs very well and optimized on this device with 8gb RAM. I do productivity work with Office, browsing, watch videos, I've edited and created some simple youtube videos, and played Ori on it with a controller. Its not a powerhouse by any means but you have to be an informed buyer and know this. Your not doing a bunch of heavy computing on this if your an engineer or whatever. That is why they sell much more expensive. Surface Pro or Surface Laptop or a multi thousand dollar tower rig. Every time an article for these devices comes up the comment section is always the same with someone who is ignoring the practical use for such devices.
  • I agree, it is surprisingly good for its weak specs. I pretty much run my small business on this - Office, email & web browsing. I can run 4-5 apps at once (including a few Edge/Chrome tabs) with only minor hiccups here and there, mostly slow opening of apps. You get full Windows 10 in the size of an ipad and I'm surprised the performance has held up so well. The only major downside is the battery life.
  • I'd like to see a Snapdragon solution, more power efficient
  • There is a Snapdragon solution, it's called the Surface Pro X. Yes it's much more expensive, but that's the Microsoft Snapdragon solution.
  • its much more expensive because SOC , RAM, SDD , SCREEN and Design. Put a SD835, 4GB RAM and 128 SSD and will see the magic
  • Surprised that there is going to be a Surface Go 2 at all. I would think that the Neo would make a direct successor to this line. I guess the Neo will be super expensive now if MS keeps the entry cost as the Surface Go.