Surface Go: Specs, price, and features

Microsoft revealed the Surface Go this week, targeting the rise of Chromebooks and cheap iPads for consumers and education services. The Surface Go starts at just $399, making it the cheapest Surface available today, and it will launch in 35 countries by the end of 2018. But what exactly is powering this thing?

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Surface Go overview

The Surface Go is a small 10-inch tablet which comes with Windows 10 in S mode, locking it to the safety of approved Microsoft Store apps. Users can upgrade to Home to free, or Pro for business customers, granting it full access to the Windows app ecosystem.

The Surface Go uses a fanless Pentium Gold CPU, which is more than twice as powerful as the Surface 3 (non-Pro) of yesteryear. This isn't built to be a graphics editing, gaming powerhouse. Instead, it's intended for casual note-taking, Microsoft Office, web browsing, research, and media consumption. Despite that, you most likely could run some less intensive, older games from Steam on this device, and enjoy some casual graphics and drawing apps, such as Sketchable in the Microsoft Store.

The Go starts at $399, without a keyboard or pen, both of which are available starting at $99.

Surface Go specs

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CategorySurface Go
OSWindow 10 Home in S-mode
Display10-inch 3: 2 aspect1800 x 1200 with touch216 ppi
ProcessorIntel Pentium Gold 4415Y (1.6GHz)Fanless
GraphicsIntel HD 615
Storage64GB eMMC128GB or 256GB SSD
SecurityTPM 2.0
Ports1x USB-C 3.1 (aux. charge, video out, data), microSD (up to 1TB), Surface Connect, headphone jack
Surface Pen4,096 levels of pressure, tilt suppport
Camera5MP front-facing with Windows Hello8MP rear auto-focus
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acBluetooth 4.1Optional LTE (late 2018)
AudioDual front-facing speakersDolby Audio Premium
BatteryUp to 9 hours
Dimensions9.6" x 6.9" x .33" (245mm x 175mm x 8.3mm)
Weight1.15 lbs (0.52 kg) without keyboard1.7lbs (0.77 kg) w/keyboard
Power24 W power supply
PriceStarts at $399Keyboard $99 or $129 (Alcantara)

More information

For more information on the Surface Go, such as pre-order availability, our hands on impressions, and more, hit the links below. Let us know in the comments if you intend to buy!

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Jez Corden
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