Microsoft Announces Smaller, Cheaper Surface Go

11 July, 2018, 07:31 | Author: Sergio Cook
  • Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go is announced at last

Microsoft has unveiled its challenger to the iPad. The Go will feature the new Surface hinge, allowing you to prop it up in a laptop fashion or gently push it down for a more comfortable sketching experience. What if you could have a tablet as small as an iPad, but didn't lock you into the less than capable iOS?

The tablet runs on Windows 10 Home (S) which means it is only capable of installing and running apps from the Windows store.

Another factor to bear in mind is that the tablet market is shrinking.

Microsoft's Surface line of PCs and laptops has brought them a wealth of success.

On the other hand, Microsoft might very well be fighting a headwind.

But what of the tablet itself? Ever since ultrabooks debuted, we've seen manufacturers lavish all manner of perks and features on the top of the market, while only grudgingly extending those benefits to lower price points. The part doubtless helps to keep the Surface Go's price low, but won't deliver stellar performance. We can't find an apples-to-apples comparison between the Pentium 4415Y and the Atom x7-8700, but Anandtech's Bench has results for the Surface 3 against the original Surface Pro, and the original SP leads by a substantial margin in virtually every test.

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It's believed that the base £380 Surface Go will also start with a configuration of4GB RAM and 64 GB storage, with the top-level Surface Go hitting 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Surface Go clocks off after nine - and that's the always-optimistic claim in the marketing blurb. Don't for one moment underestimate this.

Given the inclusion of the docking port, it would be possible to use with existing docking setups, though the relatively weak CPU compared to Surface Pro tablets would make it unsuited to particularly demanding applications. Microsoft has also stated that their intelligent charging can fully charge a Surface Go from 0-100% in 2 hours and provide up to 9 hours of video playback in a single charge.

You can also kit out the Surface Go with lots of quite pricey accessories.

An official document leaked by a Reddit user indicates that the device might possibly be launched this week, along with a new Type Cover.

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. Surface Go is definitely not part of the company's Windows on ARM efforts.

Microsoft today launched a $399 Surface Go to take on the 6th generation iPad and Chromebooks. Bloomberg's sources say the planned device is a 10-inch tablet with a starting price around $400, iPad-like rounded corners, and a USB Type-C port among its inputs.

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