Surface Go 2 official render

After a long string of rumours and speculation, Microsoft has finally announced the Surface Go 2 as a lower-cost alternative to the familiar iPads of years past. Starting at $399, this new 10.5-inch Windows tablet draws influence from the original product and it comes with smaller bezels.

The Surface Go 2 offers a premium appearance for the modestly priced package and it’s compatible with a lot of the same kinds of accessories as the other Surface products.

Surface Go 2 comes with low-wattage “Amber Lake” Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y, as opposed to the Pentium Gold 4415Y used in the Surface Go. There’s also an option for a Core m3-8100Y now, which is a next step up from the Pentium Gold and offers better performance if you’re willing to pay extra for it.

Surface Go 2 front view

Microsoft’s Surface Go 2 now has a 10.5-inch display with a 1920×1280 resolution and 220ppi pixel density, compared to 217ppi on the original product. The bezels are a little bit smaller but the appearance of the affordable tablet largely remains unchanged.

So, how much will the Surface Go 2 cost? It depends on the processor. Surface Go 2 with Intel Pentium CPU starts at $399 and that does not include the keyboard, but the device supports thousands of keyboards, mice, USB devices and accessories from other manufacturers.

The Core m3 model of the Surface Go 2 starts at $629.99 with Windows 10 Home in S Mode and you need to pay another $100 more for the LTE support.

You can pre-order the Surface Go 2 from the Microsoft Store.