Microsoft is reportedly working on yet another new Surface Laptop. The 11.6in device will supposedly be a more affordable version of the Surface Laptop Go and run software we haven’t seen before – Windows 11 SE.
This new operating system isn’t expected to be a big departure from the version of Windows 11 currently available. According to the Windows Central article that broke the news, it’ll be specifically designed for low-cost school PCs. Any tweaks to the Windows 11 experience are likely to focus on making it run smoothly on less powerful hardware, although no specifics have been revealed.
However, this article does reveal several key details about the upcoming laptop, which could be known simply as the Surface Laptop SE. Codenamed Tenjin, it’ll supposedly feature an all-plastic exterior and 11.6in, 1366x768 display. Power will come from the Intel Celeron N4120 chip, alongside up to 8GB of RAM.
It's clear Microsoft has tried to avoid removing too many features that students would find valuable. It means you’ve still got a full-size keyboard and trackpad and decent port selection, comprising of 1x USB-A, 1x USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack and classic circular power port.
The new Surface Laptop is expected to be significantly more affordable than the Surface Laptop Go, which starts at £549/US$549. It will go head-to-head with some of the best Chromebooks you can buy, including devices from the likes of Acer, Asus and Lenovo.
If plans don’t change, you can apparently expect the device to be announced before the end of 2021. However, it’s not clear how easy it’ll be for non-education customers to get their hands on one.