Microsoft will hold a new product launch conference on September 21 to launch a variety of new Surface products. Foreign technology media Windows Central summarized the specifications, appearance and other related information about Surface Go 4 before the launch.
Price and release date
Microsoft announced the Surface Go 4 on September 21, with shipments starting in October.
In addition, it is reported that Microsoft will only sell Surface Go 4 through commercial channels, which means there are no plans to launch a consumer version.
It is reported that Surface Go 4 memory will start directly from 8GB, and the starting price will be around US$500.
It was reported in August that the Surface Go 4 being developed by Microsoft is internally codenamed Tanta. The entry-level model will be equipped with a SoC based on Snapdragon 7c. Its performance is similar to the current Surface Go, but it has a higher energy efficiency ratio and longer battery life.
The outlet has learned from sources that Microsoft has delayed the device, codenamed Tanta, and instead launched the Intel-powered Surface Go for business users.
The new Surface Go will be equipped with Intel N200 processor, which will be more powerful and consume less power than the current top-end Surface Go, which uses Core i3-10100Y.
The processor offers 4 energy-efficient cores (E-core, Gracemont architecture) with frequencies up to 3.7 GHz. The performance of the E cores should be similar to the older Skylake cores (compared to the Core i7-6700HQ). All cores can use up to 6 MB of L3 cache.
Alder Lake-N chips only support single-channel memory up to DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200, or LPDDR5-4800. The chip also supports Quick Sync and AV1 decoding (most likely the same engine found in Alder Lake). Additionally, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 (but no Thunderbolt) are partially integrated. External chips can be connected via PCIe Gen3 x9 (via PCH).
The integrated graphics adapter is based on the Xe architecture and offers all 32 EUs (Execution Units) running at only 450 – 750 MHz. Gaming performance of iGPUs is very limited due to single-channel memory, low clock speeds, and low stream processor count.
The N200’s base power consumption is only 6 W, making it suitable for fanless cooling. The CPU is built on Intel’s further improved 10nm SuperFin process, known as Intel 7.
In addition, the starting memory of the machine has been increased from 4GB to 8GB. In addition, the previously rumored 16GB will not be launched. The storage space is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
Other device specifications are said to remain unchanged, including screen size and resolution, as well as port and battery size.
The exterior of Surface Go 4 is the same as Surface Go 3, but the interior has been redesigned with a modular design to improve serviceability.
Ports and dimensions are expected to remain the same, but sources say the device will support AI effects like speech clarity for the first time.
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