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


Microsoft has announced the next addition to its Surface lineup of computers and it's a new tablet aimed at the more budget conscious market that the Surface Pro simply can not hope to serve.

First, as a tablet, the Surface Go will square off against Apple's productivity-focused iPad Pro, which starts at $649 for a 10.5-inch model. The processor is a dual-core seventh-generation model, which Microsoft says was chosen because of its balance between performance, battery life, and thermal properties that allow for a thin, fanless design.

In stores, the laptop will come with Windows 10 Home in S Mode, which limits users to programs in the Microsoft Store.

While the Surface Go does have the Surface's iconic kickstand built-in, the Surface Go Type Cover isn't included in the price, and it'll cost you an extra $99.

The new Surface Go is even cheaper than the Surface 3, $100 cheaper in fact at £379/$399. Now, the Surface Go is for serious work and casual consumer use.

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One of the more interesting components of the Surface Go is the low-end Intel processors.

Since my two youngest daughters have started using Surface Go, I see them watching movies, reading, and drawing on it every day. It's nearly a surprise, as the more advanced Surface Pro doesn't have that yet (but we expect to see a refresh of the Surface Pro later this year). Claimed to be the smallest Surface to date, the company also stated that this is the most affordable model in the family at the moment. The Type Cover's keys, similar in size to shrunken HP Mini netbooks of a decade ago, were comfortable and could be typed on with big adult fingers. The Surface will, naturally, be very compatible with Microsoft's Office suite.

The USB-C port can be used for plugging in monitors and other accessories, as well as for charging the Surface Go itself in a pinch.

A keyboard case with a trackpad will go on sale at the same time for between $99 and $129, depending on the color, and a Bluetooth mouse costs $34.99. It runs on an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage (the 64GB option is eMMC, the 128GB and 256GB options are SSDs).

Microsoft also promised an LTE-enabled version later in 2018. Other specs f the tablet include a headphone jack, microSDXC card slot, Surface Connector, and a USB-C 3.1 port. In that sense, the announcement of the slightly smaller Surface Go is just picking up where the Surface 3 left off. This could work in Microsoft's favor in some ways because it might indicate that buyers are bored with what's now on offer and something new might reinvigorate sales. But while the Surface Go is indeed pocketable, it only has one screen, meaning that this ain't it.