Microsoft has unveiled Surface Go 4, a new version of its affordable 2-in-1 tablet that features a number of improvements over the previous model, The Verge reports. However, the new product is now focused exclusively on business and service workers, and not on the broader consumer market.
The Surface Go 4 is powered by a 4-core Intel N200 processor, which is a marked improvement over the 2-core Intel Pentium chip in the Surface Go 3. In addition, Microsoft has abandoned 4 GB of RAM, making 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory the standard configuration. The following internal memory options are also available: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB.
While the Surface Go 4’s exterior design is unchanged from its predecessor, with the same USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card reader, dual 1080p cameras, and 10.5-inch 1920×1280 display, internal components such as the battery, kickstand, motherboard, and display have been redesigned to make them easier to repair or replace. This increased sustainability is particularly beneficial for businesses that plan to use the devices for several years.
Despite these upgrades, the Surface Go 4’s specs raise concerns about its performance. However, Microsoft claims that the Windows 11 Pro version of the Surface Go 4 will deliver 80% faster performance than the previous model.
The Surface Go 4 is scheduled to be released on October 3, and the price starts at $579 for the 64GB model. However, availability is limited to organizations, making it unavailable to individual consumers.