Microsoft Surface Go 2 to get its Snapdragon on

Hot on the heels of the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3, Microsoft's slow-selling small-screen Surface Go is set to get Snapdragon inside.

Surface Pro 7

Read up on the Surface Pro 7, the first Surface device to debut with a Snapdragon 8cx chip.

Surface Go 2 no longer has Intel Inside

The slow-selling and small-screened Surface Go no longer has Intel inside. It was always a weird choice, putting a fourth-generation Pentium Gold chip in a 2018 product.

Just like the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3, we can expect the upcoming "Surface Go 2 Snap" to drop the USB-A port, drop the mini-DisplayPort, and drop the Surface Connect power/dock connector, and move to USB-C only.

While we've all been hankering for a Surface device with Thunderbolt, it hasn't happened yet, and it wont happen in the future. Intel owns Thunderbolt, and seeing as Microsoft is transitioning the Surface line to Qualcomm, there's no Intel inside the Surface, so that means, no Thunderbolt on board.

We can expect the Surface Go 2 to feature:

  • A revised PixelSense touch screen display

  • A slightly thinner chassis

  • No USB-A, no mini-DisplayPort, no Surface Connect port

  • No Thunderbolt ports

  • Two USB-C ports

  • An SD card slot

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8xx processor

  • Qualcomm integrated LTE

  • Qualcomm integrated wifi AX

  • Qualcomm integrated graphics

  • Qualcomm integrated battery management

  • One configuration with 8GB of RAM and a sensible amount of storage space

  • Bluetooth 5

  • A magnetic Surface Pen holder

  • A magnetic Type Cover connector

  • A range of revised accessories.


A range of revised accessories will be compatible with the Laptop 3, including:

  • Revised Surface Pen

  • Revised Surface Dial, possibly smaller and flatter

  • Revised USB-C based Surface Power Cord

  • Revised USB-C based Surface Dock.

The revised Surface Dock will feature fewer ports, and include Ethernet, several USB-Cs, HDMI, and an integrated charger. We also expect the dock to about half the price of the current dock.

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Until next time,

Xavier Zymantas


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