Microsoft's $400 Surface Tablet Reportedly Launching This Week

Microsoft's $400 Surface Tablet Reportedly Launching This Week

It's much lighter and smaller than the original Surface weighing only half a kilo with its 10-inch screen.

I got to play with one, briefly, a few weeks ago, and my first impression is that Microsoft has done a good job shrinking its Surface Pro form factor into something more portable, but still incredibly usable and comfortable to type on.

The base model of the Surface Go that includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of SSD carries a price tag of $399. Available in both a Wi-Fi and LTE configurations (LTE coming along later in the year), Surface Go will be powered by the 7th Gen Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y. The Surface Go will make its way to India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain later this year. This new Type Cover also comes with a glass trackpad with Windows Precision drivers. Just don't expect to see Microsoft's zany folding dual-screen Surface Andromeda handheld - apparently, that project may be in danger now.

The Surface is bundled with their signature built-in kickstand with unlimited positions, a front-facing camera with facial recognition login, and Microsoft's proprietary Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to a desktop dock.

Surface Go sounds great, but depending on what you're looking for, the devil is definitely in the details.

Microsoft Surface Go is targeted at students and educators, just like the company's Surface 3.




Hardware aside, the best part her is that Microsoft is not shipping Surface Go with a limited version of Windows, as it did with Surface RT, for example.

Surface Go offers a stunning, custom-built high-resolution PixelSense Display that supports Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and precision for accurate note taking, drawing and computer-aided design. The standard Surface Go Type Cover keyboard will run you $99.99, and it will cost you an extra $99.99 for Surface Pen.

Judging by price and size, it's clear that the new Surface Go is a direct competitor to the 9.7-inch 6th generation Apple iPad that retails for slightly less than Microsoft's tablet. The company is claiming nine hours of battery life. Consumers will receive the device with Windows 10 Home in S mode, while commercial customers will have the option for Windows 10 Pro.

So who is the Surface Go for? Therefore, if you're in the market for an affordable tablet that doubles down as a low power notebook, you might like to check out the Surface Go's availability and pricing.

If you're in Japan, you can order it starting on July 11, in Singapore and Korea on August 2, and in China on August 8.

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