Microsoft Launches Its Cheapest "Surface Go" Tablet; Priced At $399


Called "Surface Go", it is is an affordable Windows tablet with a 10-inch, 1800 x 1200 display. The 10-inch screen is nearly a full inch smaller. For charging and docking, there's Surface Connect and USB Type-C 3.1, as well as a microSD card reader for storage expansion.

This will be the first of Microsoft's Surface tablets with USB Type-C.

If you remember the long-discontinued Surface 3-Microsoft's last attempt at a cheap (er) tablet-Surface Go is what a Surface 4 probably would have been if the company was still using that branding.

It's powered by an Intel Pentium Gold processor (yeah, they still make Pentiums), which should be plenty good enough for everyday computing - particularly considering that it runs Windows 10 Home in S mode.

In its standard configuration, the Surface Go will come with Windows 10 S, which only supports apps from the Microsoft Store.

So what's unique about the Surface Go?

Sales from Microsoft's Surface line increased 32 percent in its most recent quarter, but the series of tablets and laptops still lag behind market leader Apple's iPad and MacBook series (which has faced its own struggles).

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It's finally here: Microsoft's fourth attempt at releasing a miniaturized Surface tablet. The device will reportedly retail for $400, include a USB-C port, and be 20 percent lighter than the current Surface Pro models, which now start at $799.

Worst of all, the bezels are insanely large, making Surface Go look quite ugly. It's so easy to carry Surface Go with me so I can capture those moments, instantly. Yes, the Surface Go pretty much takes away some of the dilemma schools and users have over the portability of mobile devices and the variety of Windows software.

If you are looking for a daily driver in the corporate space, you should still be considering the Pro, while this device does have a Pentium Gold CPU, performance will still fall well below that of the Core CPU lineup from Intel.

Microsoft officials said learnings from the company's Surface 3 device were inspirational in devising the Surface Go. Based on my impressions, this is a well-made tablet that weighs just 1.15 pounds.

And it will nearly certainly be announced tomorrow. In case you wish to though, you can upgrade to the regular version of Windows for free. After even just a brief time with the Surface Go, we're plenty optimistic about it.

"When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10" Surface", Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay wrote in a blog announcing the device.

If you're in Japan, you can order it starting on July 11, in Singapore and Korea on August 2, and in China on August 8.