Microsoft’s Surface Go 2 (starting at $399) with Windows 10 is
another assault on Apple’s iPad, which still ships with a
mobile OS. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on an iPad
Pro and you’re looking for a productive experience, Surface Go
2 with Windows 10 is your best bet.
Many weren’t convinced when Microsoft released the first-gen
Surface Go, given its large bezels, questionable performance
and battery life. Surface Go 2 has fixed all of these problems
that may have changed your buying decision last time. It has
smaller bezels, much faster performance, and LTE support.
The Surface Go 2 uses Intel Core m3-8100Y CPU and the base
clock speed is 1.1GHz, which is lower than the original
product, but it offers a maximum Turbo frequency of up to
3.4GHz. There are also minor tweaks in other areas of the
processor and you can expect better performance this time.
Microsoft claims that Surface Go 2 with Intel Core m3 CPU is up
to 64% faster. The early benchmark has confirmed that Surface
Go 2 Core m3 definitely brings a boost in performance and it
would be noticeable in day-to-day activities of Windows 10.
According to Geekbench 4, Surface Go 2 with Core m3 model hit
3989 in the single-core and 6773 in multi-core tests. This is
significantly better than the first-generation Surface Go with
Intel Pentium 4415Y CPU, which scored only 2020 in single-core
Geeekbench 4 is a benchmarking tool that measures overall
performance, and on this test, Surface Go 2 has performed much
better than the first-generation. In other tests including
Geekbench 5 and PCMark 10, Surface Go 2 scores are better than
the first-gen Surface Go.
The step-up in the performance of Surface Go 2 is mostly due to
the Core m3 CPU. The Core 4425Y is fixed at a maximum clock
speed of only 1.7 GHz, but the Core m3 can use Intel’s turbo
boost to reach a clock speed of 3.4GHz.
The Core m3 in Surface Go 2 makes a big difference in both
benchmarking and real-life use cases.
For comparison, Surface Pro X with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx
has 3417 scores in the single-core test and 10966 in the
Other configurations of Surface Go 2 include 4GB and 8GB of RAM
with storage in the form of a 64GB eMMC or a 128GB SSD. For
your connectivity needs, there’s Wi-Fi 6 module and it comes
with 802.11ax for blazing-fast speeds if you have a compatible
Microsoft’s Surface Go 2 with Intel Core m3, 8GB of RAM and
128GB SSD storage starts at $629.99. If you’re interested, you
can pre-order it from Microsoft