Microsoft has announced the Surface Go 4 — the latest version of its affordable 2-in-1 laptop series — at its Surface device launch event today. The new Go 4 features some minor performance upgrades over its predecessor, but it won’t be sold to consumers — the company says it’s specifically targeted at businesses and frontline workers. As WinFuture leaked last week, the official Surface Go 4 specifications reveal that the two-core Intel Pentium processor featured on the Surface Go 3 has now been replaced with a new, slightly beefier four-core Intel N200 chip.
The Surface Go 4 comes with a much-needed performance boost
Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Go 4, which features some minor performance upgrades over its predecessor thanks to its new Intel N200 CPU and higher 8GB base RAM configuration.
Microsoft has also ditched the 4GB RAM configuration that’s been available on previous models, which means the Surface Go 4 will now only be available with 8GB of LPDDR5 memory. Even with the Surface Go range primarily targeting the business and education market, that’s a welcome change, considering 4GB is barely capable of handling every multitasking duty these days. Storage starts at 64GB, with additional options available for 128GB and 256GB.
Otherwise, the exterior design remains largely unchanged. The Surface Go 4 provides the same USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and microSD card reader as the Go 3 and still features two 1080p cameras and a 10.5-inch 1920 x 1280 display. On the inside, however, some of the Surface Go 4’s components like the battery, kickstand, motherboard, and display have now been designed to be more easily repairable or replaceable.
The additional sustainability is a nice touch — especially as these devices are marketed to businesses that will need to keep them running for a few years. But the overall design being near-identical to its predecessor doesn’t particularly bode well for the Surface Go 4. In our review of the Surface Go 3, The Verge lambasted the convertible device for its flimsy build quality, poor battery life, and being too expensive for what you’re actually getting.
A quick hands-on test of the Surface Go 4 confirmed our suspicions. Performance was slow when running through some everyday tasks like web browsing and took embarrassingly long to switch between display orientations. Still, Microsoft is claiming that performance on the Windows 11 Pro version of the Surface Go 4 should be 80 percent faster than its predecessor.
Microsoft has told The Verge that the Surface Go 4 will be released on October 3rd, with prices starting from $579 for the 64GB storage model. It also said in a press release that the device will be “available exclusively for organizations,” though, so you won’t be able to get your hands on one unless you meet those requirements.
Microsoft Surface event: the 6 biggest announcements
Microsoft’s September event has come to a close. In addition to revealing the Surface Laptop Studio 2, Microsoft announced some updates to Copilot.
Microsoft has just wrapped up its September event, where it made several major announcements. Not only did we see some new Surface devices, but Microsoft also shared some updates about the new AI features coming to its products.
You can check out all the news from Microsoft’s event below.
A more powerful Surface Laptop Studio 2
Microsoft has finally revealed its new Surface Laptop Studio 2. The company calls it the “most powerful” Surface it has built to date, as it comes with Intel’s 13th Gen i7 H class processor, Nvidia’s RTX 4050 or 4060 GPU, and 64GB of RAM. It also features a more adaptive touchpad that Microsoft calls the “most inclusive” yet.
The Surface Laptop Studio 2 starts at $1,999. You can preorder the device today, but it will become available on October 3rd.
The lightweight Surface Laptop Go 3 gets a spec bump
Microsoft has announced the Surface Laptop Go 3. The new device, which Microsoft says is “88 percent faster,” comes with a 12.4-inch touchscreen, weighs just under 2.5 pounds, and features a fingerprint power button. It also offers up to 15 hours of battery life, along with one USB-A port, one USB-C port, and a headphone jack.
Although the Surface Go 4 didn’t get a mention during Microsoft’s presentation, the company quietly launched the device — but only for businesses. The Surface Go 4 gets a small performance boost, as it swaps its predecessor’s two-core Intel Pentium processor with an upgraded four-core Intel N200 chip.
The Surface Laptop Go 3 starts at $799, while the Surface Go 4 starts at $579. Both devices will be available starting October 3rd, with preorders starting today.
Windows 11’s next update comes with Copilot and more
Windows 11 is getting its next big update on September 26th. The update will be jam-packed with new features, including the new AI-powered Windows Copilot that Microsoft’s been testing, along with a redesigned File Explorer.
Later on, Microsoft will add native support for RAR and 7-zip, along with a new Windows volume mixer that lets you control app volumes individually. There’s also a Dynamic Lighting setting coming that you can use to adjust the lighting on your PC’s components.
A single Copilot across Microsoft’s services and apps
Microsoft is merging Copilot, the company’s AI-powered assistant, to allow for a unified experience. The tool will be “seamlessly available” across Microsoft’s apps and services, including Windows 11, Microsoft 365, and Edge. With this update, Copilot will “uniquely incorporate” context from the web, your work data, and what you’re currently doing on your computer to provide you with “better assistance.”
Bing Chat is getting DALL-E 3 and Personalized Answers
Bing Chat, Microsoft’s AI chatbot, is getting a big update. Microsoft announced that it’s adding DALL-E 3, the latest version of OpenAI’s text-to-image generator, to Bing Chat for free. The AI chatbot is also getting Personalized Answers, a feature that will use your chat history to inform Bing’s responses.
Microsoft 365 with Copilot comes out in November
Microsoft is rolling out Copilot to its 365 apps on November 1st. Users can use Copilot to summarize documents, quickly generate emails, rewrite documents, and a lot more. The feature will be available to subscribers on certain business and enterprise plans for an extra $30 per month.
Update September 21st, 12:31PM ET: Added the Surface Go 4.
US adds Israel to the list of visa-free countries
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed the American decision saying that he thanks President Joe Biden for the American initiative.
Washington DC: The United States has added Israel to the list of visa-free countries. Now the Israeli citizens will be able to enter the United States without a visa.
According to the news agency, Israeli citizens will be able to enjoy visa-free entry into the United States from November 30.
According to the report of news agency, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed the American decision saying that he thanks President Joe Biden for the American initiative.
Regarding the decision, the US Secretary of State said that the initiative of visa-free travel for Israelis is part of the strategic partnership with Israel. This initiative will also give US citizens the opportunity to move freely in Israel.
US Secretary of State Blanken added that this decision will especially benefit American citizens living in the Palestinian territories.
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