Microsoft's Entry Level Tablet Arrives in August for $399 — Surface Go

Microsoft opens flagship Surface store in Taipei

The first thing that strikes the eye for the Microsoft Surface Go is its solid design. Microsoft selected a 3:2 aspect ratio display with a resolution of 1800x1200.

A Surface tablet equipped with a Pentium Gold 4415Y made an appearance in OpenCL benchmarks last week where it put up comparable numbers to a 2017 Apple MacBook equipped with an Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor.

According to the poster, who didn't confirm a tie to Microsoft or explain where the information is from, the tablet would come in a variety of versions, including one that has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Microsoft is also offering a $34.99 Surface Mobile Mouse with Bluetooth connectivity.

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.

Microsoft has revealed its long-rumoured smaller Surface device - and to The Register's mind it looks a lot like the re-invention of the netbook. Despite these claims from Microsoft, the Surface Go inherits the same encumbrances to usability as have been endemic to the Surface product line.

Based on what we've seen the latest iPad do both on stage and in the real world, the Surface Go will likely be a worthy contender when it comes to raw performance.

The pre-orders of Surface Go will begin on July 10 and it will start shipping from the next month. It's nearly a surprise, as the more advanced Surface Pro doesn't have that yet (but we expect to see a refresh of the Surface Pro later this year). Schools purchasing in the commercial channel will have the choice between Windows 10 Home in S Mode or Windows 10 Pro. You'll be able to buy it August 2nd. You'll also get the friction kickstand found on the Surface Pro so it's definitely still firmly within the Surface family of devices. There's a USB-C port, so you can use your Android phone's charger to power the PC, though by default it charges using Microsoft's proprietary Surface connector. You also can choose to pre-order a second model, with a 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM for $549.00 (accessories not included.) Please be aware that pre-order pages for the Type Covers are not yet available. The 10-inch tablet is a little larger than the standard iPad, but is capable of running a full version of Windows. You have to buy a Surface Go Type Cover (black) for $99 or a Signature Type Cover with Alcantara (Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, or Platinum) for $129.

What are the Surface Go specs?

The flagship store will be the platform through which new Microsoft products will be brought to Taiwan, Chang added. But while the Surface Go is indeed pocketable, it only has one screen, meaning that this ain't it.

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