Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Microsoft’s new Surface Go tablet features 10-inch screen, starts at $399

Microsoft’s new Surface Go tablet features 10-inch screen, starts at $399

All models include the gorgeous, 10-inch 1,800 x 1,200 touch display and Windows Hello biometric login via a 5-megapixel (1080p) webcam with an infrared sensor. Microsoft says this makes it more functional than an Apple iPad, while still being more versatile and flexible than an Apple MacBook.

Thankfully, the low price doesn't seem to have pushed Microsoft to compromise on build quality: the Go looks and feels every bit as good as the rest of the Surface family. The aesthetics of the Surface Go are similar to other Surface tablets, retaining the hinge found across the product line.

Finally, the Surface Book when paired with its Type cover gives a more hands-on approach for working when compared to a standalone iPad.

Rumors of a new, cheaper Surface tablet have been around for nearly two months, and now, the Surface Go is finally here.

It runs an Intel Pentium processor. Underneath the hood is an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor with either 4 or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage. Microsoft has also stated that their intelligent charging can fully charge a Surface Go from 0-100% in 2 hours and provide up to 9 hours of video playback in a single charge. The device adds another option to the Surface lineup, as Microsoft competes with Apple's iPad and Google's low-priced Chromebooks that have become a fixture in the classroom.

If you noticed a distinct lack of USB Type A connector, that isn't a mistake.

It'll be notable if the tablet does have a USB-C port, since previous Surface tablets required a proprietary Microsoft adapter for charging and data. The whole device measures 245x175x8.3mm and weigh a little more than half a kilo. It does have a headphone jack, though.

The Surface Go runs Windows 10 with S mode enabled as default, which means it only has access apps available in the Microsoft Store.

First off, you're getting Windows. An LTE model should be available later this year. And now, details have leaked on what you'll get for the rumored $399 price.

The Surface Go has a 3:2 screen with 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution and is in Microsoft's words the thinnest Surface ever. Still, that's $100 less than the Surface 3 started at, making it the cheapest of Microsoft'sdevices in this lineup yet.

Hardware aside, the best part her is that Microsoft is not shipping Surface Go with a limited version of Windows, as it did with Surface RT, for example. That's especially clutch in both schools and corporations, both of which often rely on specialized software. On the other hand, the refreshed Surface Pro starts at $799. The Surface Go may very well be what the Surface 3 had aspired to years ago, and it was well worth the wait.

Microsoft announced the Surface Go in a blog post by saying it is designed for anyone and everyone. Microsoft says the display was created to render the page of a school textbook to scale in portrait mode.

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