Surface Go 2 vs Surface Go 1, what is difference between two modern netbooks?

Surface Go 2 vs Surface Go 1

What is difference between Microsoft Surface Go 2 and Surface Go 1? The CPU of the higher model has been enhanced to Core m3, and the new Surface Go 2 with 64% performance improvement. There are two major improvements from the Surface Go 1. One is a CPU, which was formerly Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (2 cores, 1.6 GHz). Surface Go 2 uses Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y (2 cores, 1.7 GHz) or Core m3 8th generation processors.

Although the material distributed by Microsoft only states that it is the 8th generation Core m3, in reality there is only Amber Lake based Core m3-8100Y, and I think that Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y is a derivative of Amber Lake. And that is very likely.

If it is Core m3-8100Y, 2 cores / 4 threads, the base clock is 1.1 GHz, but it is possible to raise the clock up to 3.4 GHz when turbo boost is enabled. The cache is 4MB, which is double the size of Pentium Gold, and we can expect a significant performance improvement over the Pentium Gold 4415Y in these two respects. Microsoft explains that the performance improvement when choosing Core m3 is 64%, which can be said to be a gospel for users who are not satisfied with the performance of conventional Surface Go.

The memory is 4GB or 8GB as before, and 64GB eMMC and 128GB SSD are the same as before. Performance-conscious users should choose the higher model with 8GB / 128GB memory.

The size of the display is increased by 0.5 inch from 10 inch to 10.5 inch. The resolution is 1,920 x 1,280 pixels, which is the same as the conventional model, but since it is increased by 0.5 type, it is 220 ppi compared to 231 ppi for the conventional model. Although the display size is larger, the size of the main body of Surface Go 2 is 245 × 175 × 8.3 mm (width × depth × height), which is exactly the same as the conventional model.

For this reason, the keyboard for the conventional model can be reused, and new type cover keyboards of poppy red (yellow red) and ice blue are also added. The Wi-Fi model weighs 544g and the LTE model weighs 553grams, which is about 20grams more than the previous model’s 522grams and 532grams, respectively.

Another feature of Surface Go 2 is the enhanced microphone. It used to be a standard single microphone in conventional products, but this model has been enhanced to a dual array “Studio Mic” that can cover the far field. This allows for clearer audio when conducting online meetings using online meeting software such as Teams and Zoom.

Regarding the LTE modem, the same Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem as the conventional product is installed. Which band this model is compatible with is not written in the official spec table, but since it has the same modem, it can be considered that the compatible bands are the same. In the conventional model, the band is 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/38/39/40/41/66. It corresponded.

As with the conventional OS, the same applies to Windows 10 Home (S mode) for general consumers and Windows 10 Professional for corporate customers.

Surface Go 2 specifications

Product name    Surface Go 2
CPU    8th Generation Core m3 / Pentium Gold 4425Y
GPU    Intel UHD Graphics 615
memory    4GB / 8GB
storage    64GB (eMMC) / 128GB (SSD)
display    10.5-inch PixelSense Display (1,920 x 1,280 pixels, 220ppi, 1,500: 1)
Touch / pen    Touch / Microsoft Pen
Camera (Windows Hello compatible)    5 million pixels (front, Windows Hello compatible) / 8 million pixels (rear)
USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen1 or Gen2)    1
Card reader    microSDXC
audio    3.5 mm
Other ports    Surface Connect
Wifi    IEEE 802.11ax
Bluetooth    5.0
WAN    Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem
keyboard    Sold separately
pointing device    Precision TouchPad for optional keyboard
AC adapter    24W
Battery    Unpublished
Color    Silver
Size (horizontal x vertical x height)    245 x 175 x 8.3 mm
weight    544g (Wi-Fi) / 553g (LTE)
OS    Windows 10 Home (S mode, general model) / Windows 10 Pro (corporate model)

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