Microsoft releasing Surface Laptop Go, new Surface Pro X on October 13

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go launching in New Zealand on October 13, starting at NZ$1149.
The Surface Laptop Go. Photo credit: Microsoft

Microsoft has announced it's releasing an upgraded new Surface Pro X along with a cheaper, lighter Surface Laptop Go on October 13.

A range of new accessories is also being released ahead of the holiday period as part of a product range developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people than ever have been working and studying at home.

Pre-orders are open for Microsoft's new Surface Laptop Go.
The Surface Laptop Go. Photo credit: Microsoft

Surface Laptop Go

The Go is described by Microsoft as "the lightest and most affordable Surface Laptop ever" for the "student at home or the professional on the go [to] make an impression".

It'll weigh just 2.45lbs (1.1kg), but feature a 12.4-inch touchscreen and full size keyboard.

Under the hood, it'll be powered by a 10th generation Intel i5 processor with options for either 4 or 8GB LPDDR4x RAM.

The Surface Laptop Go will start at NZ$1149 in New Zealand.

Microsoft's new Surface Pro X will feature a custom SQ 2 processor.
The latest Surface Pro X. Photo credit: Microsoft

Surface Pro X (2020)

The upcoming Surface Pro X offers Microsoft's new SQ2, the second generation of its ARM-powered custom CPU developed with Qualcomm.

Microsoft calls the SQ2 "the fastest processor in its class".

The tablet/laptop boasts a longer battery life of 15 hours and a fast recharge feature, along with what the company says is "blazing-fast Gigabit LTE connectivity".

It'll be Microsoft's thinnest Surface Pro yet with smaller bezels that deliver a "virtually edge-to-edge" 13-inch touchscreen that displays 2880 x 1920 pixels. Customers can also choose a new platinum finish and keyboard colours.

There are options for 8 or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM and a solid-state drive (SSD) that's easily removable with 128, 256 and 512GB options.

However, the Surface Pro X still won't feature a headphone jack or Thunderbolt 3 ports, which reviews criticised it for lacking in 2019.

The lack of apps that work with ARM has also been cited as a problem, but Microsoft says there is an "increasing number of key app partners [which] are embracing Windows on ARM and taking advantage of the power and performance benefits of Microsoft SQ1 and Microsoft SQ2".

Microsoft, like Apple and various PC manufacturers, is part of a growing trend of using ARM processors in its laptops.

Pre-orders for the new Surface products opened on Thursday.