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Microsoft launches cheaper Surface Laptop Go starting at $549

Microsoft is lowering the entry bar for the Surface ecosystem this week with a new Surface Laptop Go. This is a 12.5-inch notebook, providing a middle ground between the Surface Go 2 tablet and the Surface Laptop 3, set to compete with the Chromebook market. 

The base edition of the Surface Laptop Go will cost $549, coming with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. From there, you can jump up to the $699 price tag for 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. If you need a 256GB SSD, you’ll be paying $899 and if you would also like 16GB of RAM, you are essentially paying twice the price of the base model, with a price tag of $1,099.

Those are the prices for consumer/education editions. Microsoft is also selling ‘Business Editions’ for each model except the base model. This includes a $100 warranty service and Microsoft Advanced Exchange in supported markets.

Here is the spec sheet for the Surface Laptop Go:

  • Display: 12.45-inch (1536×1024, 148 ppi) multitouch PixelSense display
  • Processor: Core i5-1035G1
  • Graphics: Intel iGPU
  • Memory:  Up to 16GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: Up to 256GB SSD
  • Ports: 1 USB-C, 1 USB-A, Surface Connect, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Camera: 720p f2.0 (user-facing)
  • Battery: “13 hours of typical device usage” with Fast Charging
  • Wireless: WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home in S Mode
  • Dimensions (inches): 10.95 x 8.10 x 0.62 inches
  • Weight: 2.45 pounds
  • Chassis: Aluminum
  • Colors: Ice Blue, Sandstone, Platinum

Given that this is a Windows 10 S device, there are some limitations compared to traditional Windows 10. For instance, you will be limited to apps from the Windows Store, making this more of a Chromebook replacement/competitor compared to a traditional Windows laptop.

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