The Microsoft Surface 2020 range now includes a ‘budget’ Surface Laptop Go and the Surface Pro X – a Windows on ARM device.
The Surface 2020 range adds the 12.4” Surface Laptop Go that fits between the 10.5” Surface Go 2 hybrid and the 13.5/15” Surface Laptop 3. The 13” Surface Pro X is for those wanting an ARM-based device for extra-long battery life.
What is a Surface?
In case you did not know its Microsoft’s reference line of PCs to give you the best, pure Windows experience. Similar in concept to Google Pixel and Apple Mac/iPad.
There is a certain design cred just lie Apple with its macOS and iOS products. That philosophy has remained since its Surface (Window RT) back October 2012. The Windows version came in February 2013. It is characterised by excellent, usually 3:2 ratio screens, mag alloy chassis, and yes, a pure Windows experience.
Power button Fingerprint reader [Not on i5/4/64GB model] (Windows Hello Face ID)
720p f/2.0 forward-facing camera (Windows Hello and 720p camera)
Omnisonic Speakers with Dolby Audio (same)
Dual far-field Studio Mics
Windows 10 S Mode upgradable (Windows Home)
Top: Aluminium. Base: Polycarbonate composite resin system with glass fibre. (Full Aluminium with Alcantara palm rest option)
Ice Blue, Sandstone and Platinum
278.18 mm x 205.67 mm x 15.69 mm x 1110g (308 mm x 223 mm x 14.5 mm x 1265/1288g)
From $999 (from $1699)
The key takeaway is no S Pen and 1” approx. smaller screen.
Base i5/4/64 $999
i5/8/128 or 256 $1249/1549
Education pricing is the same with the addition of a 15/16/256GB Model for $1849
Commercial pricing is approx. $150 more and includes the commercial warranty.
Surface Pro X 2020
The primary difference between the Surface Pro X 2019 (review here 4.2/5) is the Microsoft SQ 2 chip (based on Qualcomm SD865).
If you want to know more about WOA, please read our review and Microsoft’s article here. In essence, it is an ARM chip running a version of Windows. For the most part, the average user would not know – its power users that need Intel or AMD x86.
It runs x32/32-bit Windows apps and Microsoft will expand support for x64 apps with x64 emulation starting to roll out later this year. Developers now have access to the Visual Studio code that runs natively.
Let’s just say that if you go the Windows on ARM route, make sure the software you need to run works.
13” 2880×1920, 267PPI, 3:2
Microsoft SQ2 processor with Adreno 690 GPU
Battery – not specified but up to 15 hours
2xUSB-C (presume 3.2/Gen 2 10Gbps ALT DP), Surface Ribbon connect