Microsoft is back in the budget tablet business, with the launch of Microsoft Go which starts at $399.
The Surface Go rocks a 10-inch screen, an integrated kick stand similar to the one in their surface lineup, Windows 10. The design language is similar to the Surface Pro.
Microsoft It is available for preorder starting July 10th and will ship in August.
Design wise it actually looks like an shrinked version of Surface Pro. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio display (1800 x 1200 pixel resolution), the built-in kickstand with many folding positions, a front-facing camera with facial recognition login, and Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to a desktop dock. Microsoft has also added a USB-C 3.1 port, capable of charging the tablet or outputting video and data to external devices. But as an design update Microsoft has also rounded the corners a bit, but overall, it’s the same.
The Go’s 3:2 touchscreen should make it easy to use in landscape mode for productivity work, and it supports all of the split-screen and multitasking modes available in Windows 10. It will be a little more awkward to use in portrait orientation than the iPad, but it’s still better than tablets with extra-wide 16:9 displays. The Go weighs 1.15 lbs, which is a little heavier than the iPad and about half a pound lighter than the Surface Pro. Like the Pro, the Go has rather large bezels surrounding the screen, which seem even larger with the Go’s smaller display. The bezels do provide a place to hold the tablet and allow for a wider keyboard attachment, but they also make it look much more dated compared to the latest versions of the iPad.
Surface Go pricing
- 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, Wi-Fi: $399
- 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Wi-Fi: $549
- Surface Go Type Cover (black): $99
- Surface Go Signature Type Cover (Alcantara®, red, blue, or silver): $129
- Surface Mobile Mouse: $34.99
- Surface Pen: $99
Inside, the Go has Intel’s Pentium Gold 4415Y processor with either 4 or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage. The processor is a dual-core seventh-generation model, which Microsoft says was chosen because of its balance between performance, battery life, and thermal properties that allow for a thin, fanless design. The company says the Go has up to nine hours of battery life as a result. We’ll reserve judgement until we’re able to review the Go, but the processor is where I have the biggest reservations when it comes to device performance. It’s not a hugely different processor from what’s found in many midrange Chromebooks, but instead of just having to push ChromeOS, it will have to run Windows on the Surface Go. Microsoft will initially release Wi-Fi versions of the Go, with an LTE equipped model to come later this year.
Out of the box, the Go runs Windows 10 with S mode enabled, so it only has access to the Edge browser and apps available in the Microsoft Store. Like other devices that come with S mode, such as the Surface Laptop, owners will be able to switch to the full version of Windows 10 for free if they want