Microsoft Announces Its Cheapest And Lightest Surface Ever

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The Surface Go has a 10-inch screen, about the same size as the entry-level iPad.

MICROSOFT HAS UNVEILED the Surface Go, a 10in Windows devices that marks the company's return to the "cheap" tablet market.

While the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage costs $399, the high-end variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage is priced at $549. While we'll have to wait for a review unit to judge for sure, on paper this appears to be true: Surface Go really does seem to be a shrunk-down Surface Pro (in fact, just like the Surface Pro, the Surface Go will get an LTE option later this year). The 7 generation Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y powers the portable 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid.

To the Surface Go.

Microsoft release a $499 Surface 3 tablet in 2015, but discontinued the product in 2016. Now in the latest burst of the saga, a Reddit post claims that Microsoft might launch the 10-inch Surface as early as this week.

Even with the reduced price, it retains all the major Surface design elements: a variable position kickstand, 8MP rear/5MP front cameras with Windows Hello facial recognition, the Surface Connect magnetic charging and dock port, and a 10-finger multitouch screen with Surface Pen support. Lastly, Microsoft is also selling a Surface Mobile Mouse for $35.

The iPad starts at $329, but when you add an Apple Pencil and Logitech keyboard, the total zooms up to $527.95.

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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.

The pre-order in Malaysia will start on 2 August 2018, followed by Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan with more markets to follow, while both Australia and New Zealand will start theirs tomorrow (11 July 2018). The USB-C port can be used for charging the tablet as well as connecting other USB-C devices. The Go weighs 1.15 lbs, a little heavier than the iPad, but also about half a pound lighter than the beefier Surface Pro.

Battery life is rated at 9 hours, which is a bit short compared to the marathon batteries in more recent Surface devices, but we'll have to see how that holds up in real world use.

Again, the Surface Go doesn't come with a keyboard. Users can switch to regular Windows 10 Home, which doesn't have that limit, for free.

The company has also designed a totally new Type Cover which sells separately for $99, with a higher-end Alcantara version for $129.

There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad.

So. should you buy this new Surface?

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