Microsoft's $399, 10-inch Surface Go rethinks a Windows inscription for consumers

For all of Microsoft’s claims about mobility, a Microsoft Surface lineup of Windows tablets unequivocally haven’t been all that portable. The smaller, cheaper, lighter Surface Go announced Tuesday morning hopes to change all that, with a new 10-inch spin on a normal Surface tablet.

No, this isn’t a Surface Mini, or a rumored two-screen device, “Andromeda.” The Surface Go is many suggestive of a Microsoft Surface 3, 2015’s quirky $499 Atom-powered inscription that supposing a cheaper choice to a pricey Surface line. The Surface Go dives even lower—prices will start during usually $399 for a bare-bones indication with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage when it ships on Aug 2. (Preorders start Jul 10.) A keyboard will be sole separately, commencement during $99, and a discretionary Surface Pen will cost $99 as well.

As a name suggests, Microsoft designed a Surface Go for people in motion: a sales exec who creates a discerning revise or dual to a display while during her daughter’s soccer practice, for example. A Wi-Fi-only indication will boat first, followed an LTE indication after in 2018. According to a Microsoft spokesman, a disproportion between a Surface Go and a device like a Surface Pro (2017) is a matter of degrees: of price, performance, and shade size.

It’s also a matter of handling complement and processor. Microsoft will pre-load any Surface Go with Windows 10 S, privately Windows 10 Home in S Mode. A blurb several will boat with Windows 10 Pro. The Surface Go is powered by a Pentium 4415Y “Gold” chip, a really bottom of Intel’s 7th-generation (Kaby Lake) family of Core processors.

What this means: The Surface Go enters a inscription space whose many renouned players embody a Android-based 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S3 for a lofty $599 and a distant some-more affordable Amazon Fire HD 10 for a tiny $150, as good as, of course, a widespread Apple iPad, that starts during $329. It appears that Microsoft is sharpened for somewhere in a middle: a cost indicate low adequate to enlarge a Surface user base, and a underline set that includes a stylus and keyboard to keep adult with a Samsung and Apple foe (The Fire HD 10 has neither). 

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Microsoft’s Surface Go ecosystem: a Surface Go, a updated Surface Pen, and a Surface Mobile Mouse.

A Windows inscription for consumers

There’s a large doubt during a heart of this, though: Have Windows users been clamoring for a simple Windows tablet? The Surface Go does seem to be Microsoft’s answer to critique that a Surface lineup has been usually too expensive. 

The specs that follow report a small, modestly versed inscription that no one will mistake for a Surface Pro—small adequate to fit on an aeroplane tray list with a chair in front reclined, Microsoft says. It seems to have adequate apparatus to hoop Windows 10 S, during least. Remember that you’ll be singular to regulating apps from a Microsoft Store, and browsing with Microsoft Edge. 

Surface Go: Basic specs

  • Display: 10-inch (1800×1200) IPS, 10-point touch
  • Processor: Intel 1.6GHz Pentium 4415Y  (Kaby Lake)
  • Graphics: Intel HD 615 (integrated)
  • Memory: 4GB/8GB
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC/128GB SSD (256GB SSD in a blurb model)
  • Ports: 1 USB 3.0 Type C, 1 Surface Connector, microSD, headphone jack
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, LTE after in 2018
  • Cameras: 5MP front (Windows Hello-capable), 8MP behind (with autofocus)
  • Battery: 27Wh, 9 hours (estimated) of battery life
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home in S Mode (Windows 10 Pro for blurb model)
  • Dimensions and weight: 9.76 x  7.48 x 0.18 inches, 1.15 pounds (tablet), 1.6 pounds (tablet and keyboard)
  • Price: Starting during $399. Keyboard is $99 (black) or $129 (burgundy, cobalt, platinum) 
Microsoft Surface Go Mark Hachman / IDG

You can brew and compare a Surface Go and a several Alcantara-covered Type Covers.

A new, smaller Surface to go

Microsoft pronounced that there will be dual consumer versions of a Surface Go: one with 4GB of memory and 64GB of SSD storage for $399, and an 8GB (memory)/128GB (storage) chronicle as well. With a keyboard, a cheapest Surface Go will cost usually underneath $500. There will also be dual blurb models with some beefier specs—the same processor, yet 4-8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD. So far, a usually prices Microsoft has expelled have been for a LTE versions.

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