After the discontinued Surface 3 tablet in 2015, Microsoft’s new Surface devices always feature a larger 12.3-inch screen and a much higher price tag. Today, Microsoft is aiming to compete with cheaper iPads/Tablets in the market with the new Surface Go tablet.
From the exterior, the Surface Go does not look much different from its larger brothers, apart from the slightly rounder corners. It just like a miniature version of the Surface Pro. The 521 grams/1.15 pounds, 8.3 mm thick magnesium body has the signature built-in kickstand. It gets a 10-inch display in a 3:2 aspect ratio, with a resolution of 1800×1200. The PixelSense display also supports up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity using the Surface Pen.
Inside the Surface Go, an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, accompanied with 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB of internal eMMC/SSD storage. The CPU is a dual-core (4 threads) 7th generation model, which similar models are used to power less resource-hungry ChromeOS laptops. The 5 mega-pixel front facing camera is capable of Windows Hello Facial Recognition. The table only has one USB-C 3.1 port for both charging, data input and video output. An microSDXC card slot and a 3.5 mm headphone jack can also be found.
The Wi-Fi version of the Surface Go with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage will cost you $399 USD (MSRP). Adding an additional $150 USD will double both RAM and storage sizes. Pre-orders start today and tablets will be shipped in August. Accessories, such as Surface Go Type Covers and bluetooth mouse, are also available. LTE versions with higher storage capacity are expected to come out in the near future (late 2018).
For more information, you can visit Microsoft’s blog.
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