Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Microsoft goes cheap on the Surface

Microsoft goes cheap on the Surface

The prices alone for these devices are off-putting enough.

Microsoft has officially launched the 10-inch Surface Go into 21 markets around the world, following weeks of leaks and speculation around its new device. This should be noted.

Named Surface Go, the device sports a smaller 10-inch touch display-the screen on the larger Surface Pro measures 12.3 inches diagonally-a size that's ideal for the classroom, according to Panos Panay, chief product officer at Microsoft. Microsoft has confirmed it will open pre-orders for the devices today, but has not yet added the Surface Go to its web store. You'll have to pay extra for the keyboard, as you also will for the Surface Pen, neither of which come bundled with the tablet. The Surface Pen still provides 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, so the experience should be comparable to the veteran Surface lineup. High-end smartphones run on LPDDR4 RAM, so understand that this laptop has older RAM than you'll find in the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus.

No matter which of the two keyboards you choose, they will be available in multiple colors with colored pointing devices also available to match at $35 apiece.

The same hinge found on the Surface Pro is present on the Surface Go and allows for 165 degrees of movement.

The company is offering a new Surface Mobile Mouse that is also up for preorder and comes in at £29.99.

As for cameras, you're looking at typical front and back cameras with a Windows Hello IR Camera for facial recognition security. The charging tech here is USB Type-C 3.1, the latest in Type-C charging tech. There might, however, be something brewing in the Chrome OS camp that could undo the Surface Go's advantage.

While the starting price of the Surface Go is relatively affordable, it's the accessories that will see the overall purchase price grow. It comes with 4GB RAM (configurable up to 8GB), 64GB of eMMC storage, and offers 9 hours of battery life. The Windows 10 Pro Wi-Fi only version costs $449. Microsoft is working on an LTE model that will be arriving later this year, and we suspect this will be based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon modem. According to Microsoft's online store, that peripheral will go on sale on August 2 in the United States costing $34.99, and August 22 in the United Kingdom priced at £29.99.

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