Microsoft claims that the Surface Go 2 is about 64 percent more powerful than its predecessor and that the Surface Book 3 is about 50 percent more powerful than its predecessor. Those numbers are not easy to decipher, but they generally mean less time waiting for apps to open, faster filter effects in photo-editing apps, and less sluggish performance in loading complex, banner ad-laden websites.
We’ll know for sure how much difference the extra muscle adds once we test the models, but given what we know about multicore processors, Microsoft’s claims sound plausible.
And while the laptops’ performance is likely to increase, their prices are stable.
The Surface Go 2 starts at the same $400 as the original and the Surface Book 3 starts at $1,600—$100 more than the Surface Book 2 at launch.
Of course, consumers expect more from a laptop than sheer power. Microsoft says the new models will offer improved battery life as well. And the display on the Surface Go 2 has been expanded from 10 to 10.5 inches. This should help further cement the device as the best sub-12-inch laptop in our ratings.
The Surface Book 3, aimed more at professional users, will be available in two sizes: 13 inches and 15 inches. Unlike the Surface Go, which just about stands alone among tiny laptops, this model faces no shortage of very powerful and highly portable rivals, including the LG Gram, Apple MacBook Pro, and Dell XPS. And if you’re willing to tolerate