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?
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
|OS||Window 10 Home in S-mode|
|Display||10-inch 3: 2 aspect
1800 x 1200 with touch
|Processor||Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (1.6GHz)
|Graphics||Intel HD 615|
|RAM||4GB or 8GB
128GB or 256GB SSD
|Ports||1x USB-C 3.1 (aux. charge, video out, data), microSD (up to 1TB), Surface Connect, headphone jack|
|Surface Pen||4,096 levels of pressure, tilt suppport|
|Camera||5MP front-facing with Windows Hello
8MP rear auto-focus
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Optional LTE (late 2018)
|Audio||Dual front-facing speakers
Dolby Audio Premium
|Battery||Up to 9 hours|
|Dimensions||9.6" x 6.9" x .33" (245mm x 175mm x 8.3mm)|
|Weight||1.15 lbs (0.52 kg) without keyboard
1.7lbs (0.77 kg) w/keyboard
|Power||24 W power supply|
|Price||Starts at $399
Keyboard $99 or $129 (Alcantara)
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!