Microsoft Launches Its Cheapest "Surface Go" Tablet; Priced At $399

Joanna Estrada
July 10, 2018

It is a lightweight tablet weighing 1.15 lbs which makes it 31% lighter than the large-sized Surface Pro model.

The Surface Go has clearly been designed with students in mind, with the portrait mode able to render the page to the scale of school textbooks. Based on my impressions, this is a well-made tablet that weighs just 1.15 pounds. Prices range from $399 to more than $549.

The device measures just 9.6 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches with a 10-inch, 1800 x 1200 display in the Surface's usual 3:2 aspect ratio. The lineup's signature hinge returns on the tablet, allowing it to extend a full 165 degrees.

It also supports Surface Pen for the stylus input.

A couple of months back we reported that Microsoft might be working on a low-priced Surface tablet.

On the inside, there is a Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, and RAM is either 4 GB or 8 GB.

The Surface Go runs Windows 10 S, a version of Windows that will only run apps found in the Microsoft Store - a walled-garden approach much in the same vein as Apple.

The starting configuration comes with 4GB of RAM but 8GB is also available.

One thing worth noting that doesn't come across in the specs: The Surface Go's glass trackpad is bigger than on the Surface Pro.

Charging the device, and connecting peripherals, can be made with either Microsoft's own Surface Connector, or via USB-C 3.1, so you can easily attach devices such as mice and external hard drives, to your tablet.

The Surface Go should provide plenty of endurance.

Microsoft is claiming 9hrs of battery life but their test for this metric is purely for video playback. Microsoft has also confirmed that a LTE model will be coming later this year.

Now, let's talk accessories.

That's according to a supposedly official document, which suggests that the long-rumoured Microsoft Surface device will launch on Friday alongside a redesigned Type Cover.

If you want a Surface Pen as well, you'll have to pony up another $100. And adding the pen will bring you to $597. More important, iPad keyboards don't offer a touchpad, which means you have to rely on the touch screen for cursor movement. But while the Surface Go is indeed pocketable, it only has one screen, meaning that this ain't it.

Additionally, the Surface Go comes with the company's proprietary Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to a desktop dock. We'll keep you updated on the latest.

This story originally appeared on Laptop Mag.

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