Microsoft recently announced the Surface Go 2, a successor to its 2018 entry-level Surface Go productivity tablet. The Surface Go 2 is set to feature the same chassis and display as the original Surface Go, including a 10-inch PixelSense Display. What’s changed, however, are the internals. The new Surface Go will feature 8th generation Core M processors, delivering as much as 64 percent higher performance than the older Surface Go models.
While these chips are two generations old, it’s important to remember that Intel’s pretty much been sitting on its hands with Skylake refreshes: architecturally, they’re not that different from the latest parts out there, barring weaker GPUs. As of now the only 8th-gen Core M product in Intel’s product stack is the dual-core Core m3 8100Y, a 5-8W part that can boost up to 3.4 GHz and features an Intel HD 615 GPU. This should be enough to get basic productivity and even some gaming done in a pinch. At a US399 starting price, this looks to be a great bargain for freelancers or students on the go.