Microsoft’s new Surface Go tablet became available on August 2, and the guys from iFixit torn down one to give us a closer look at how the company cramped an entire computer in a such small body.
If you were hoping to upgrade the new Surface Go, think again, as the iFixit gave the tablet a score of only 1 out of 10 for repairability, which is not surprising in this kind of device. However, you have a MicroSDXC slot, which you can use to upgrade the storage up to 1TB, but that’s it, as everything else is pretty much glued in making it virtually impossible or very expensive to repair.
One of the biggest surprises was the battery. The Surface Go includes a 26.1Wh battery pack, split in two cells, which is much smaller than the 32.9Wh pack found in the latest Apple iPad.
In addition, for cooling the Pentium Gold processor, the Go uses only a copper shield and thermal paste instead of heat pipes as we’re used to seeing in other fanless Surface models.
While the Surface Go is not a device that you’ll be upgrading or repairing yourself, it’s an impressive piece of hardware that has already exceeded the expectations of many people, and it’s slated to become one of the most popular Surfaces.