Microsoft's Entry Level Tablet Arrives in August for $399 — Surface Go

Isaac Cain
July 10, 2018

Microsoft today introduced its smallest (10-inch screen) and lightest (1.15 pounds) computer yet: the Surface Go.

Microsoft is readying a new, low-end Windows 10-based tablet created to compete with smaller and cheaper iPads: The Surface Go. The Surface Go is the first Surface tablet with a USB-C 3.1 port built in, the universal connector seen on the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

The base model of the Surface Go that includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of SSD carries a price tag of $399. Additionally, the selected variants also support 4G LTE for on the go connectivity.

A Surface tablet equipped with a Pentium Gold 4415Y made an appearance in OpenCL benchmarks last week where it put up comparable numbers to a 2017 Apple MacBook equipped with an Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor.

In stores, the laptop will come with Windows 10 Home in S Mode, which limits users to programs in the Microsoft Store. "This new version is the smallest version available with a 10" screen and also the cheapest at $399.

A commercial for the new Surface Go can be viewed below.

The Microsoft Surface Go can be used as a lightweight tablet, too.

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So far, Microsoft has struggled to make a hit Surface product.

Microsoft Surface Go is targeted at students and educators, just like the company's Surface 3.

In the future, versions of Surface Go with integrated LTE and 256GB SSDs will be added to the line-up. The front-facing camera of the Surface Go supports facial identification. The existing Surface Pen works with this device and you can opt for the Type Cover at $99 or a Signature Type Cover at $129.99.

Available for pre-order in selected markets starting from today onwards, the 4GB/64GB version of the device will go for Dollars 399 (about RM 1604) while the 8GB/128GB model is listed at USD 549 (about RM 2206). Microsoft says, however, that it's worked with the chipmaker to "optimize power, performance, and battery", noting that most should get nine hours of battery life from the device. You'll also get the friction kickstand found on the Surface Pro so it's definitely still firmly within the Surface family of devices.

Again, the Surface Go doesn't come with a keyboard. I distinctly remember Microsoft telling me that not having a Type C port was better for the consumer so I wonder what happened here. In case you wish to though, you can upgrade to the regular version of Windows for free.

After all, there are other Windows-based iPad competitors out there from various PC partners.

The Surface Go will be available for pre-order beginning on July 10 in countries like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

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