Microsoft announces Surface Go: "The most portable and affordable Surface product yet"

Nichole VegaJul 13, 2018

At US$399, the device is US$400 cheaper than the Surface Pro tablet, but has slower Intel Corp processors and about four hours less battery time, Microsoft said.

Microsoft has unveiled the new Surface Go, which is set to compete with the likes of Apple's iPad and Google Chromebooks who hold the majority of the education market.

In terms of design, the Go moniker looks similar to the standard Surface book with a compact form-factor. Added to this is an 8.3 mm thin design, and a device that tips the scale at 521.6 grams sans detachable keyboard cover.

Nevertheless it's worthwhile taking a look at the Surface Go, as it indicates that Microsoft still views the small, cost-effective tablet space as having some merit.

There is also a new Surface Go Signature Type Cover, custom-made for the Surface Go, so that typing can be ergonomic. The device operates on 2-nuclear processor of Intel of Pentium Gold 4415Y.

Going by the price of current Surface devices, it's unlikely we'll see a top-end configuration of the Surface Go hit the Surface Pro's £749 starting point.

UPDATE 10:30 p.m. ET: Microsoft jumped the gun and announced the Surface Go late Monday.

And crucially, the Surface Go's £380 price tag makes it almost £370 cheaper than its range-topping sibling. Microsoft also finally chose to add a USB Type-C port, a first for Surface tablets.

Surface Go will have full Surface Pen support with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity thanks to its custom-built high-resolution PixelSense Display.

On the software front, the Surface Go comes pre-loaded with Windows 10, with the S Mode enabled by default. It's a little heavier than the Surface Go and measures up at almost a couple of inches longer, but that doesn't detract from it being a versatile, compact device. The most affordable model comes in at £379 ($399 in the US), and there's also a more expensive version at £510 ($549), which comes with more RAM and storage. For an extra couple of hundred dollars, you get a quad-core Core i5 CPU, and if your budget allows it, there are options for a Core i7 CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and a TB of storage space. Then, when it comes to cameras, the tablet is equipped with a 5-megapixel Windows Hello face sign-in camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus.

As far as connectivity goes, Microsoft will launch the Wi-Fi only model first on August 2nd followed by an LTE model later this year.

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