Surface Go Announced, Microsoft's Most Affordable Tablet-PC Hybrid Yet

Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go is announced at last

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.

The original Surface Pro design, which has been around since 2014, is still here. 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.

Microsoft Corp is going for the low-end of the personal computing market with a smaller, cheaper Surface Go tablet that takes on Apple Inc's cheapest iPads.

Save for the processor and smaller 10-inch display, the Surface Go is basically a mirror image of previous Surface entries: it features an integrated kickstand, has large bezels all around the display, and is able to run either a standard version of Windows 10 or Windows 10 S.

The new Surface Go is powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, in a fanless design, with up to nine hours of battery. "When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10" Surface.

Panay called the new tablet a "new entry point for the Surface family", citing the $400 Dollars price tag ($529 CAD).




All well and good, but what exactly is the Surface Go? You'll have to buy that (along with any other integral Surface accessories) separately - which partially offsets the cheaper price.

Microsoft Surface Go price: How much will a budget Surface cost? The Surface Go Signature Type Cover boasts ergonomic key pitch and a five-point multi-touch Windows Precision Touchpad for when you want to use it as a laptop.

Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps. 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 security, the laptop comes with TPM 2.0 for Enterprise security and also has Windows Hello face authentication camera on the front which uses a 5 MP unit. Additional pricier models will also be available, bumping up the memory to 8GB and offering 256GB of storage. It has different ports, including Surface Connect for charging and docking; USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging; a headphone jack; and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion.

Available for pre-order starting today - although the listing isn't now live on the Microsoft Store at time of writing - the Surface Go will be available for purchase from 2 August.

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