Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Microsoft Surface Go is available for pre-order

Microsoft Surface Go is available for pre-order

What do you think about the Surface Go tablet?

"Weighing in at 1.15 pounds and only 8.3 mm thick, the Surface Go sports a 10" touch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The device will be shipped starting August 2.

However, Microsoft's iconic backlit keyboard cover will be sold separately, and you need to shell another $99 for it. Surface Go also supports Surface Stylus Pen, which is another $99. While there are a few countries where it will arrive later this year, there is no clarity on whether the Surface Go will make it to India.

The Type Cover, of course, is the detachable keyboard for the Surface.

Surface Go sounds great, but depending on what you're looking for, the devil is definitely in the details.

The new Surface Go runs on an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, and comes with two different memory configurations.

Charging the device, and connecting peripherals, can be made with either Microsoft's own Surface Connector, or via USB-C 3.1, so you can easily attach devices such as mice and external hard drives, to your tablet.

Microsoft quietly has shifted its goal for Surface hardware from carving out new niches which can be exploited by Microsoft and its OEM partners, to expanding the overall market for Surface. These displays will be advertising a new Type Cover and new hardware from Microsoft, which went unnamed in this leak. Bloomberg's sources also suggested that this Surface will continue to use Intel processors rather than the ARM SoCs inside the company's past thrusts into the lower-priced tablet space. Just as netbooks outgrew seven-inch form factors to making typing feasible, Microsoft's given Surface Go buyers a path to easier input. This entry-level tablet is targeted at firstline workes, education, and consumers with a starting price of $399 with availability in early August. The device features a USB 3.1 port along with a Micro-SD card slot, which will prove a blessing for those who do not want to pay the company extra for more RAM and/or storage.

Microsoft further claims that the Surface Go gets 9 hours of battery life, which comes with the caveat that this was tested by playing a video file that was stored on the device. The Surface Go also features Qualcomm's Snapdragon X16 LTE modem which allows for up to 1Gbps download and 160Mbps peak upload speeds.

Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps. If Microsoft really is going to launch new Surface models by the end of the week, we should know any day now.

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