Microsoft Announces Surface Go 2, Surface Book 3, New Headphones

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Microsoft today announced the Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2, new devices with upgraded parts, as well as refreshed Surface Headphones. The company is also finally releasing the Surface Earbuds.

The Surface Go 2 will release on May 12 starting at $399, while the Surface Book 3 will follow on May 21 starting at $1,599. 

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Header Cell - Column 0 Microsoft Surface Book 3 (13.5-inch)Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch)Microsoft Surface Go 2
CPUIntel Core i5-1035G7 or Intel Core i7-1065G7Intel Core i7-1065G7Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y or 8th Gen Intel Core M3
GPUIntel Iris Plus with Core i5, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q with Core i7Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q (Quadro RTX 3000 in commercial units)Intel UHD Graphics 615
RAM8, 16 or 32GB16 or 32GB4GB or 8GB
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD256GB, 512GB, 1TB. 2TB SSD64GB eMMC or 128GB SSD
Display13.5-inch PixelSense display, 3:2 aspect ratio, 3000 x 200015 inch PixelSense display, 3:2 aspect ratio, 3240 x 216010.5-inch PixelSense display, 3:2 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1280
BatteryUp to 15.5 hours with keyboard base Up to 17.5 hours with keyboard baseUp to 10 hours
Power Supply65W with Core i5, 102W with Core i7127W24W
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6Wi-Fi 6Wi-Fi 6, LTE Advanced
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home or ProWindows 10 Home or ProWindows 10 Home in S Mode
Cameras5.0MP front-facing, 8.0MP rear facing5.0MP front-facing, 8.0MP rear facing5.0MP front-facing, 8.0MP rear facing
Starting Price$1,599 $2,299 $399
Release DateMay 21May 21May 12

Surface Go 2 

The Surface Go 2 is getting a bigger display (10.5 inches) in the same size chassis as the original. It’s also getting new processors with either a Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y or 8th Gen Intel Core M3, which Microsoft claims offers up to 64% faster performance than the previous model

The tablet will be available with Wi-Fi 6 as well as LTE Advanced using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. The Surface Go 2 has a USB Type-C port, the proprietary Surface Connector, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot.

Surface Book 3 

For more power, the Surface Book 3 is getting an update to Intel’s 10th Gen Ice Lake chips and Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs (Microsoft claims the 15-inch model should be enough for 1080p gaming at 60 fps). It’s largely keeping the same design as the previous models. It offers up to 32GB of RAM and what Microsoft says is “the fastest SSD we have ever shipped.”

CPU options go up to an Intel Core i7-1065G7. The 13-incher will either use Intel Iris Plus graphics (with a Core i5-1035G7) or a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q. The 15-inch device will use a GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q. 

Like the previous model, this will use USB Type-C but not Thunderbolt 3. A commercial version of the Surface Book 3 will offer Quadro RTX 3000 graphics.

Surface Headphones 2 

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Microsoft is also revamping its over-the-ear headphones with the Surface Headphones 2. Perhaps the most obvious addition is a new black colorway, though light gray will still be available. Additionally, the company is promising 20 hours of battery life.

The earcups will rotate 180 degrees, which should make Surface Headphones 2 more comfortable to wear around your neck when you’re not listening to music.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Microsoft Surface Headphones 2Microsoft Surface Earbuds
Frequency Response20–20kHz20 –20 kHz
Noise CancellationUp to 30 dB (active noise cancellation), Up to 40 dB (passive noise cancellation)N/A
Speaker40mm Free Edge speaker13.6mm driver
BatteryUp to 20 hours (Bluetooth, ANC on)Up to eight hours continuous, up to 24 hours with charging case
Price$249 $199
Release DateMay 12May 12

Surface Earbuds 

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Microsoft delayed the Surface Earbuds from a launch last fall, but they’ll arrive on May 12 for $199. The Earbuds have touch controls and an 8 hour charge that can be increased to 24 hours with time in the charging case. 

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All of these devices, as well as a new, $259.99 Surface Dock 2 with faster charging and data transfer rates for all Surface devices, $99.99 USB-C travel hub and some keyboards and mice are available for pre-order today. 

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Threads @FreedmanAE and Mastodon

  • Giroro
    So overpriced it hurts.

    According to the New Yorker, Microsoft was given insider information about the pandemic breaking containment before the general public, which they took action on. They've had months to figure out more appropriate pricing, that at a minimum wouldn't be offensively tone-deaf to the 20 million Americans that just got fired.
  • nofanneeded
    MS products at this price point should at least offer MS office for free installed ...

    and it wont cost them a thing just a serial number. it is hard to accept that they sell Xbox console so cheap and at the same time they dont offer Free Office with their products.
  • gfg
    AMD has the Ryzen 7 4800U with 8/16 cores and IGPU more powerful in the same TDP (15W)
    Intel Core i7-1065G7 only it has a little more power in single thread..... and only half the cores 4/8
    A Shame....
  • DotNetMaster777
    I think that delay in release date of May for Microsoft Surface Book is possible because of close borders! What are you think ??