Microsoft introduced the Surface Go from $399

by Lawrence Cooper July 13, 2018, 1:12
Microsoft introduced the Surface Go from $399

But just what is the Surface Go?

Prices for the Surface Go start at $399 (around £300) but no upper limit has now been stated. The Surface Go is equipped with a custom built high resolution PixelSense display with an aspect ratio of 3:2 that has support for Microsoft's Surface Pen with 4096 different levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and extremely precise for note taking as well as drawing or computer aided graphics purposes. Also, with the compact size, writing on the tablet with the Surface Pen seems more natural, nearly like writing on an actual notebook. There's also front-facing stereo speakers, so the sound is directed straight at you. The Surface Go comes with 2 Watt stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. Users can upgrade from the S variant to Windows 10 through a quick and simple upgrade process.

Surface Go, on the other hand, costs a bit more, but it comes with full Windows 10 and supports Surface Pen - as well as running full apps.

The starting configuration comes with 4GB of RAM but 8GB is also available.

The new 10-inch Surface Go, which ships August 2 in the US and two dozen other markets, is the least costly among the five Surface devices that Microsoft makes. It's a little heavier than the Surface Go and measures up at almost a couple of inches longer, but that doesn't detract from it being a versatile, compact device. That's still four hours shy of the Pro's battery life but more than matches most laptops on the market. It is expected to hit store shelves on August 2nd with an LTE version coming later this year.

Now, let's talk accessories. So if you want to use the Surface as a laptop - and most people will - you're looking at spending at least $499. For an extra couple of hundred dollars, you get a quad-core Core i5 CPU, and if your budget allows it, there are options for a Core i7 CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and a TB of storage space.

The iPad starts at $329, but when you add an Apple Pencil and Logitech keyboard, the total zooms up to $527.95. The entry-level 9.7in iPad may be cheaper at £319, but the Surface Go will offer buyers a better all-round experience. More important, iPad keyboards don't offer a touchpad, which means you have to rely on the touch screen for cursor movement.

According to IDC, Microsoft had just 2.3% of the global tablets market in units sold in the first quarter of 2018, well behind the 28.8% share Apple had during the same period.

Things are however all too familiar from the design point of view, with the Surface Go having the same iconic rear hinge arrangement that is typical of all Surface devices.

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