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Surface Laptop Go is official with a 12.45-inch display and Intel Core i5 for $549

Surface Laptop Go Promoshot
Surface Laptop Go Promoshot (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface Laptop.
  • Designed as an entry-level option at $549.
  • Features a smaller display, fingerprint reader, and more.

Microsoft is today unveiling a new product in the Surface family; the Surface Laptop Go (opens in new tab), designed as an entry-level variant of the Surface Laptop for a much lower starting price. Surface Laptop Go begins at $549, which nets you an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage.

SKUPrice ($)
4/64GB$549
8/128GB$699
8/256GB$899

Pricing and SKUs go up from there, with options for an 8GB RAM model with 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage, just like the Surface Go. Surface Laptop Go features the same great laptop design found on the Surface Laptop 3, but just a little bit smaller and lighter with an Aluminium lid and keyboard deck paired with a polycarbonate base.

Surface Laptop Go also features relatively thin bezels. As a result, and to save on costs, Microsoft has swapped out Windows Hello facial recognition for a fingerprint reader built right into the power button instead on the higher-tier models. That means the entry-level model does not have Windows Hello in any capacity.

Curiously, Surface Laptop Go is the first Surface to feature rounded corners on its display. This gives it a more contemporary look and is something that I imagine will slowly but surely make its way to other Surface products in the future. It also features a large trackpad and relatively full-size keyboard with 1.3mm of travel.

It comes in three colors; Platinum, Ice Blue, and Sandstone, with no Alcantara options. For those curious, here's the full specs list:

CategorySurface Laptop Go
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home in S mode
Display12.45 inches
3:2 aspect ratio
1536x1024 (148 ppi) resolution
PixelSense
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1035G1
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics
Memory4GB or 8GB LPDDR4x
16GB (commercial only)
Storage64GB eMMC
128GB or 256GB SSD
Front Camera720p HD f/2.0
SecurityFingerprint Reader
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Ports1x USB-C, 1x
1x USB-A
3.5mm headphone jack
1x Surface Connect
AudioOmnisonic Speakers with Dolby Premium Audio
BatteryUp to 13 hours
Dimensions10.95 x 8.10 x 0.62 inches
278.18mm x 205.67mm x 15.69mm
Weight2.45lbs
1,110g
ColorsPlatinum
Sandstone
Ice Blue

Surface Laptop Go exists as a budget version of the premium Surface Laptop. At $549, you're getting a premium looking PC with a few compromises. 64GB of eMMC storage isn't the best, and a lack of Windows Hello on the base model is also a huge miss. I suspect most people will want to upgrade to the next available tier which has 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and a fingerprint reader for $699.

But it's important to understand why this $549 entry level model exists in the way that it does. Surface Laptop Go's primary goal is to compete in the education market, head to head with Chromebooks. In a lot of cases, schools and universities will buy the entry-level model in bulk to give out to students, and in that scenario, the device doesn't need a fingerprint reader or high-resolution display.

For the individual buyer, opting for a higher tier model makes more sense. Either way, Surface Laptop Go is somewhat of a bargain for the Surface line. Unlike Surface Go, Surface Laptop Go comes with the keyboard and trackpad included, and a much more powerful Intel Core i5 processor and a larger display for just $150 more than the base Surface Go. That's a deal.

Surface Laptop Go availability

Surface Laptop Go is available on October 13th in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Additionally, Surface Laptop Go will be available on October 27th in the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Luxembourg
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

It will be coming to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan on November 1st. It will then come to Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand on December 6th. In 2021, Surface Laptop Go will come to more markets, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudia Arabia, and UAE on January 12th, India on March 30th, and South Africa on April 13. So, Surface Laptop Go is going to be available everywhere.

You can pre-order Surface Laptop Go today. What are your thoughts on Microsoft's new addition to the Surface family? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

16 Comments
  • For $699 the 8/128 model looks like a great option! I've bought 2 of the Surface laptops so far (gen 1 and 2) and both have been amazing devices.
  • It's not accurate to say it doesn't come with Windows Hello. Fingerprint and even PIN are also part of Window Hello. It's not just facial recognition.
  • That's why they say the entry level model doesn't have Hello features, as it has neither face recognition nor a fingerprint scanner.
  • Well, technically, PIN is a Windows Hello feature (says so right in Settings), so that's not completely accurate.
  • If only this came with LTE...I guess Microsoft doesn't want to cannibalize the Surface Pro X. Otherwise, it's a great ultra-portable alternative to the Surface Go.
  • So it's 1536 x 1024. Better than 1366x768 (which looks like garbage, IMO) but still noticeably worse than 1920×1080. I guess I'd have to see it. Maybe it has great color reproduction, so the sub 1080p resolution isn't as bad when paired with a 12.4 inch screen.
  • Yeah I would have to see it too, to have a say. It sounds decent though.
  • The Laptop Go doesn't support a pen. 10 point multi-touch, but no pen. I think this will be the first (and only) Surface that doesn't have pen support. Interesting.
  • When you say Surface Laptop Go will be available 'everywhere' but not a single country in South America gets included, now that hurt.
  • Ugh, 4GB is a nightmare. For students on a budget (and how many are not?) there are much better deals out there. Nice looking device, though.
  • There are always better deals out there than Surfaces. That's never been the point.
  • Then why put out a $550 device?
  • Slow 64GB emmc on Windows 10? I feel sorry for anyone who buys this. Windows itself takes up half of the space, then add all your own software and files, it will be painful. It should've been 8/128GB for $549.
  • Maybe there is hope to see Tablet Go with same specks and prices 😉
  • Please do not let rounded corners of the screen become standard. It is stupid and useless. Let's hide some pixels for no reason whatsoever!
  • folks the 128 main memory , 8 gigs of ram model is only 150 more so if you can I think it's best
    to get that one