The Surface Go is the latest entry in Microsoft’s lineup of Surface devices. It’s the smallest product Microsoft has added to the range, with a screen of just 10-inches compared to the 12.3-inch Surface Pro, or the 13.5-inch Surface Book 2-in-1.
But this small form-factor has thankfully been accompanied by a budget price point, making this potentially a great easy entry into the Surface lineup for those who want a Windows 10 tablet on the cheap.
Of the existing Surface devices, the Surface Go is most similar to the Surface Pro tablet, and it appears to very much be a tablet with a removable keyboard rather than a laptop with a removable screen (you’re going to have to use the kickstand to prop up the screen rather than having it hinge off the keyboard).
Read on for everything you need to know about Microsoft’s latest Surface tablet.
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Microsoft Surface Go: Release date and price
The Surface Go will retail for £379 when it releases in the UK on August 23.
That price compares to a starting price of £799 for the standard Surface Pro.
Microsoft Surface Go: Specs
Specs-wise, the tablet is packing a 1800 x 1200 resolution 10-inch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. There’s a USB-C 3.1 port that performs double duty as a charging port and a display output, and everything is powered by an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y CPU.
It’s a relatively underpowered dual-core CPU, but Microsoft claims the choice was the perfect compromise between specs, size, and thermals.
In terms of battery, the Surface go has a 26.1Wh component, which compares to 32.9Wh model in the 2018 iPad.
The tablet will be put in Windows 10 S mode as standard (which imposes limits on the software you can use), but you can always turn it off if you want the full Windows 10 experience.
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The model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is the entry-level model, while jumping up to 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD will cost you an extra £130 (taking you to £509). There are a range of accessories available, including a pen for £99, and (optional) keyboard covers that start at the same price.
Both keyboard cover options also feature a trackpad that The Verge notes is bigger than the trackpad on the current models.
The first models to release will be Wi-Fi only, but Microsoft is planning to release an LTE model later in the year.
Microsoft’s Surface tablets have always seemed like a tough sell. They lack the raw power of a dedicated laptop (not to mention the form factor that makes a traditional laptop well suited to use a lap), but Windows 10 doesn’t have quite enough touch-optimised apps to make the Surface a true iPad competitor.
We’ll have to wait to try out the tablet for ourselves before we give our final verdict however.
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