Surface Go 'October 2018 update' brightness issues ironed out

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With Windows phone hardware now only available from one manufacturer, our attention is increasingly being drawn towards ultra-mobile PCs instead, not least Microsoft's own Surface Go products (now with an LTE version, of course). My Go review ran through the last few months of 2018 and was surprisingly positive - Microsoft seemed to have gotten everything right. Well, almost - firmware bugs had been niggling away after the October 2018 Update for Windows 10, notably that screen brightness would get 'stuck'. Today sees a batch of firmware updates for the Surface Go range that fixes this and other minor issues.

Here's the official changelog:

  • Intel (R) Audio Display – Sound, video, and game controllers – Improves system stability.
  • Intel (R) HD Graphics – Addresses brightness issue with Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809.
  • Intel (R) HD Graphics – Graphics extension driver fixes.

You can install the update by using 'Check for Updates' in Settings.


Although not reported here, there was also a minor firmware update a week ago, with changelog:

  • Surface Pen Firmware Update – resolves intermittent Pen top button click failure on Surface Pen with no clip, post Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
  • Surface Pen Integration Device – enables firmware update to Surface Pen with no clip.
  • Surface – Firmware – Surface UEFI – improves system stability.
  • Surface – System – improves compatibility with Windows 10 S mode.
  • Qualcomm Atheros Communications – Bluetooth – improves wireless security and adds support for Bluetooth quick pairing.
  • Qualcomm Atheros Communications – Net – improves wireless security and Miracast support.

For quick reference, here's our previous Surface Go coverage on AAWP:

  1. Unboxing and photo gallery
  2. Introduction and hardware thoughts 
  3. The Type Cover and the laptop experience
  4. Comments on performance in daily use
  5. Imaging
  6. The Surface Pen on the Go
  7. Surface Go - the Verdict

I still haven't managed to get my hands on the LTE variant of the Surface Go, but I'll report back in due course.

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