Microsoft reveals the $399 Surface Go

Delia Walker
July 11, 2018

Microsoft insists the Surface Go "is the best of Microsoft and the iconic Surface design you know and love, with no compromises in premium quality".

Low (er) cost 399 bucks Microsoft Surface tablet to be released July, Friday the 13th - 07/09/2018 05:50 PMAah Microsoft, you never had good fortune with the Surface, and now they will release a "budget" version this Friday, the 13th. Perhaps because this information leaked out to the public, Microsoft has now officially announced its new tablet as the Microsoft Surface Go and priced it at a very tempting £380.

Microsoft will launch an LTE version of the Surface Go later this year.

"The Surface Go is an excellent proposition". Both will use only connect to the internet over Wi-Fi. It goes on sale August 2 with Wi-Fi connectivity.

I have three key takeaways for you after going hands on with Microsoft's new $399 Surface Go for the first time, which goes on sale Aug 2 but is available for pre-order today. For comparison, the latest Surface Pro device has a 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen with 2,736 x 1,824 pixel resolution.

The Surface Go's price is deceptively cheap; with the cost of accessories, the price quickly increases. And second, as a fully-functional Windows 10 laptop, The Surface Go will try to eke some share away from Apple's whole line of MacBook laptops, which starts at $999 for the cheapest MacBook Air.

And of course, it doesn't hurt to have a lower entry point for the Surface product lineup.

"The Surface Go has a 10" 1800x1200 (3:2) display, which supports input via the Surface Pen ($99, sold separately) and can be paired with a Surface Type Cover ($99 or $129, sold separately) and a matching Bluetooth Surface Mobile Mouse for $34.99 (sold separately).

The Surface Go basically looks like a smaller version of the Surface Pro 3. But it doesn't lack for power, featuring a 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and a nine-hour battery life.

"Our team worked closely with Intel to optimize power, performance, and battery for the most critical tasks people perform every day", Microsoft says.

Connectivity-wise, there's the Surface Connect port and USB Type-C 3.1, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and MicroSDXC. The Surface Go will be available with a minimum of 64GB storage, which can be boosted via the built-in MicroSD memory card slot. While Microsoft clearly has at least one eye on the education market with the Surface Go, it's not aiming there exclusively; Surface Go is also being positioned as a fine home device or a business tool.

You'll be able to get it with 4GB or 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 RAM, along with 64GB eMMC, or 128GB SSD.

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