Microsoft Unveils New 'Surface Go' Starting at $399

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Bloomberg reported in May that the company was planning low-cost Surface tablets to compete with Apple's iPad, and next we heard from WinFuture that the device might use Intel's lower-cost Pentium chips. Microsoft's managed to elegantly design the device in a way that gives the impression of the entire gadget being one solid form.

On the hardware side, in its most basic version, the tablet has an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor and 4GB RAM. The 10-inch hybrid tablet is the newest entry in the Surface line and is essentially a smaller and less powerful version of the Surface Pro. Pony up for the $549 8GB/ 128GB model, and you're starting to encroach on ultrabook territory.

The port is joined by a Surface Connect slot, headphone jack and MicroSD card reader. Commercial SKUs have the same hardware specs, though add Windows 10 Pro for an extra $50 per system. In the future, SKUs with 256GB SSDs, as well as LTE connectivity will be available, though pricing information is not yet available.

Also, both tablets support pen input.

Earlier rumours also suggested that the 10in Surface Go will sport a 1,800 x 1,200-pixel multi-touch screen and be 20% lighter in weight at just 562g.

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.

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I had the chance to go hands-on with the device before its unveiling, and there's a lot to like.

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.

Microsoft further claims that the Surface Go gets 9 hours of battery life, which comes with the caveat that this was tested by playing a video file that was stored on the device. The Apple Pencil is $99, and so is the Surface Pen. Microsoft has also release a new Signature Type Cover to match the new tablet.

Again, the Surface Go doesn't come with a keyboard. 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. It's going to be a much better user experience.

We're very excited to go hands on with the Surface Go and, considering pre-orders for the device are opening today for shipments beginning on August 6, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer to do so. There is no indication if this will simply be a preorder phase for the tablet or if they will actually start shipping on 7/13.

Available for pre-order starting today - although the listing isn't now live on the Microsoft Store at time of writing - the Surface Go will be available for purchase from 2 August.

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