Still, with the supply of affordable laptops having to become quite strained due to the increased number of people working and studying from home, Sparti seems like a great way for Microsoft to fill the gap between the $400 Surface Go and the $1,000 Surface Laptop 3 while also creating an affordable alternative to products like the Pixelbook Go and the Lenovo Yoga C740.
According to sources who spoke with Windows Central, this new device which goes by the codename Sparti is, in essence, a Surface Laptop Go, combining a chassis that’s “slightly smaller” than what you get on a standard 13-inch Surface Laptop with the more affordable components used in the Surface Go 2 to create an affordably-priced notebook starting between $500 and $600.
Windows Central’s source claims Microsoft won’t be cutting any major corners regarding Sparti’s design, with the laptop expected to feature the same minimalist, lightweight build seen on previous Surface Laptops.
Yet, I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft opted to use something besides its signature magnesium alloy for Sparti’s body and skipped certain creature comforts like the Alcantara deck available on some models of the Surface Laptop 3.
But based on some new rumors, in addition to refreshes and spec bumps for existing systems, Microsoft may also release a new more affordable version of its Surface Laptop.