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Microsoft announced the latest version of the company’s budget laptop on Wednesday: Surface Laptop Go 2.

The new laptop, aimed at students and businesses, comes as a successor to the entry-level Surface Laptop Go, which launched in 2020 in Microsoft’s lineup.

“Today we are excited to announce Surface Laptop Go 2. This product has been carefully crafted to deliver our Surface signature premium design and features in an ultra-portable format,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post.

The sleek and portable Surface Laptop Go 2 features a vibrant 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen with the native refresh rate of 60 Hz with a resolution of 1536 x 1024 (148 PPI) and a maximum brightness of 330 nits.

Powered by the 11th generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, Microsoft has improved the thermals in the Surface Laptop Go 2 to be “quieter” and make it easier for users to focus.

According to Microsoft, the Surface Laptop Go 2 offers “30% more key travel than MacBook Air”. It also added that the laptop is Surface’s first Intel-based secure-core PC to offer new levels of security.

Furthermore, the laptop also comes with an upgraded HD camera and dual Studio Mics, keeping you looking and sounding your best when making video calls. It also features Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics for better graphics, along with up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB SSD (removable) storage.

The company adds that the SSD, battery, display cover and trackpad are all designed to be removable and replaceable for added durability. However, it notes that the “components” [are] replaceable by Microsoft or a service provider authorized by Microsoft.”

In other words, the company recommends using only a certified technician who follows Microsoft’s guidelines. The device also includes the C-Cover (Keypad and Trackpad), AB Cover (Display) and battery1 and Surflink cable to extend the life of the laptop.

For connectivity, the Surface Laptop Go 2 has a USB-A port, a USB-C port, a headphone jack, and its own Surface port for charging. However, it will not have a backlit keyboard.

In addition, the device comes with Windows 11, Microsoft’s latest operating system, and comes preloaded with Microsoft 365 apps. It also features an optional fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button on high-end Surface Laptop Go 2 models.

Additionally, the device weighs 2.48 pounds and measures 10.95” x 8.1” x 0.62” inches. It comes with a lithium-ion battery that offers a battery life of about 13.5 hours, while the 39W power supply can charge it to 80% in just over an hour.

It also supports fast charging, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

The Surface Laptop Go 2 is available in four different colors: sage, ice blue, sandstone and platinum. The product is now available for pre-order from Microsoft.com or BestBuy.com in select markets.

Orders will ship from June 7 with product general availability.

Price-wise, the base model of the Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at $599.99 for 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, $699.99 for 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, and $799.99 for 8 GB RAM. and 256GB of storage.

A commercial version of the laptop is also available that can be configured with up to 16 GB of RAM. Commercial customers can visit the Surface for Business page for more information.

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