After a long break, Microsoft is back in the mid-range tablet series, with the announcement of the new Surface Go. With a price of $399, it is considerably cheaper than about the 12.3-inch Surface Pro, which stands at $899.
From the outside, it looks like a miniature version of its expensive counterpart. Just like the Surface Pro, the Go is also housed in a sturdy metal case with a folding stand integrated into the back. This allows you to set up the device infinitely in an almost arbitrary angle. With a weight of just over 500 grams and 8.3 millimeters case thickness, it should not be thick or heavy in a backpack or bag.
The 10-inch screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio. The resolution is 1800 x 1200 pixels.
Unlike the Surface Pro devices, which are always powered by Intel Core processors, the Surface Go extends an Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y. Even more important should have been in the choice of this service provider, however, its price, which is likely to be far below that of the cheapest Intel Core chips. Whether the performance is really enough to be productive with the device can only be a test for users.
The hardware is in any case frugal enough to work on battery power for 9 hours, according to Microsoft. The battery is charged via Microsoft’s Surface Connector, which is held magnetically on the device. In addition, the Surface Go is equipped with a USB-C 3.1 socket that can be exchanged over the data and connected monitors. A headphone jack is available as well as a slot for microSD memory cards.
In the basic version, the new Microsoft tablet connects to the Internet via WLAN and has 64GB of memory, in addition to being offered for $549 with 128GB of memory. An LTE model is planned for later this year. All versions come with the pre-installed on the Surface Laptop Windows 10 S, that you can switch to Windows 10 Home on request for free.
As an accessory, Microsoft offers multi-colored keyboard covers at prices between $99 and $129. The Surface Pen costs $99, while the Surface Mobile Mouse will be available for $35.
The Surface Go is now open for pre-orders.