Microsoft is back with another Surface device and this time, it’s hell of a lot cheaper than the Surface Pro. The Surface Go is a smaller, less powerful Surface device which is meant for students, parents and enterprises.
The Surface Go has a 10-inch screen, integrated kickstand, Windows 10, and a similar design to the Surface Pro, and starts at $399. It is available for preorder starting July 10th and will ship in August.
The tablet looks like a smaller Surface Pro with an aspect ratio of 3:2 (1800 x 1200 pixel resolution). The device has the signature built-in kickstand with unlimited positions, a front-facing camera with facial recognition login, and Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to a desktop dock.
Microsoft has added a USB-C 3.1 port, capable of charging the tablet or outputting video and data to external devices. It has also rounded the corners a bit compared to the latest Surface Pro, but overall, it’s the same familiar magnesium design Surface users have come to expect.
The Surface Go has large bezels surrounding the screen, which seem even larger with its smaller display. That makes it look a bit dated when compared to the latest iPad.
Surface Go pricing
- 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, Wi-Fi: $399
- 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Wi-Fi: $549
- Surface Go Type Cover (black): $99
- Surface Go Signature Type Cover (Alcantara®, red, blue, or silver): $129
- Surface Mobile Mouse: $34.99
- Surface Pen: $99
Similar to the Surface Pro, the Surface Go has an optional keyboard cover which is available in four colors. Microsoft says the Surface Go Signature Type Cover provides “laptop-class typing” with a scissor key mechanism and 1mm of key travel. The trackpad is actually larger than the trackpad on the current Type Cover for the Surface Pro.
The device is powered by Intel’s Pentium Gold 4415Y processor with either 4 or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage. The processor is similar to a Core i3 and should feel snappy for daily tasks. Microsoft will initially release Wi-Fi versions of the Go, with a LTE equipped model to come later this year.
Out of the box, the Go runs Windows 10 with S mode enabled, so it only has access to the Edge browser and apps available in the Microsoft Store. Like other devices that come with S mode, such as the Surface Laptop, owners will be able to switch to the full version of Windows 10 for free if they want.
Microsoft Surface Go will be challenged by the $329 iPad which has a deep bench of apps designed for touchscreens and entertainment, as Windows 10 still lags far behind when it comes to touch optimized apps. Although the Surface Go will provide a full Windows 10 experience with Microsoft’s full Office productivity suite making it a very good device for customers.
Don’t forget to watch this official unveiling video posted by Microsoft on YouTube :
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