Microsoft reveals low-priced Surface Go tablet

Microsoft Surface flagship in Taipei
Microsoft Surface flagship in Taipei
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13 July, 2018

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 has unveiled its smallest and least expensive Surface tablet yet, a long-rumored portable device that will compete with Apple's iPad Mini. The Surface Go Signature Type Cover is custom-made for Surface Go integrating design features that give the user the best typing experience possible, with ergonomic key pitch and exceptional key travel.

Working closely with Intel to optimize power, performance, and battery, the Surface Go is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and offers up to nine hours of battery life.

The Surface Go has been priced $399 which applies to the base version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of SSD storage. It's a smaller, cheaper Windows 10 Surface device that can run all the same full-blown applications as its larger sibling, assuming you take advantage of the free software upgrade of course.

The Redmond company announced the new tablet after a Microsoft Twitter account sent out a teaser Monday with a picture showing four other Surface versions and the tagline "Where will Surface go next?" This will considerably jack up the cost of the Surface Go all-in-all. Apple's iPad poses another formidable challenge - Surface Go is closer in price to the entry-level ($329) iPad than the more robust iPad Pro.

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The Surface Go is equipped with a custom built high resolution PixelSense display with an aspect ratio of 3:2 that has support for Microsoft's Surface Pen with 4096 different levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and extremely precise for note taking as well as drawing or computer aided graphics purposes.

Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps.

The signature built-in kickstand and flexible hardware returns, but the new Surface tablet now comes with a USB-C 3.1 port, allowing you to charge the tablet or output video to external devices. Microsoft says there's an LTE version arriving later this year too. It has a great hinge that lets it fold out to nearly flat (165-degrees) with the kickstand and you can always flip the keyboard around for full tablet mode when needed. We now know that to be the Surface Go and it'll land on 2 August 2018.

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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