Microsoft launches Surface Go Tablet starting at $399

Posted July 11, 2018

When revealing the tablet at a press briefing earlier this month, Microsoft product marketing manager Natalia Urbanowicz pulled the Surface Go out of a crossbody clutch from Knomo - showing how easy it would be for a busy mom to carry around a full laptop without lugging around a huge bag.

The Surface Go has a 10-inch 3:2 (1800 x 1200) PixelDensity multi-touch display, surrounded by thick bezels. Part laptop (if you go for an optional keyboard) and part tablet, it's powered by a 7th gen Intel 4415Y, offers 4GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage. However, it will also come in a model with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.

The Surface Go will come with Windows 10 Home in S mode ('streamlined' mode i.e. only Windows apps can be used).

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If you are interested in purchasing a Surface Go (Wi-Fi only version), Microsoft says that these machines will be available for pre-order today in many western countries, with stock on shelves from 2 August.

Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Go tablet Monday, which is aimed at the education market as well as workers on the go.

The smaller size has also forced a bit of compromise on battery life. The Surface Go, and the Surface lineup in general on the other hand feature a look which conveys a more "down to business approach" combined with elegance. The device starts at a price of $399 (or approx Rs 27,433), but you will have to shell out more for a type cover and Surface Pen.

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The Surface Go can be pre-ordered as of July 10th, US time, in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. This gold processor is the big question mark in the whole Surface Go idea as we are yet to see whether it will be powerful enough to drive demanding Windows applications. All told, the Type Cover feels just as excellent as it has before - we would say 'only smaller, ' but it doesn't feel that much smaller when typing. The Surface will, naturally, be very compatible with Microsoft's Office suite. You'll also get the friction kickstand found on the Surface Pro so it's definitely still firmly within the Surface family of devices.

For schools and students, though, it may still be too expensive for this market, especially when you have to add in a $100 Type Cover and a $99 Surface Pen. An LTE-enabled model will then follow later in the year.

Unlike the $329 iPad it's going against, the Surface Go has a lot more ports, including a Surface Connect port for charging and docking, a USB-C 3.1 for data and charging, and a microSD card reader. There's a USB-C port, so you can use your Android phone's charger to power the PC, though by default it charges using Microsoft's proprietary Surface connector.

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There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad. But the company has long said that the Surface line's main reason for being isn't sales volume, but rather as a way to show off what Windows can do when Microsoft designs the hardware.